Dynamos dug their own grave: Pasuwa

By Eddie Chikamhi

DYNAMOS coach Callisto Pasuwa says the Glamour Boys dug their own grave when they failed to win at home in their Champions League tie against AS Vita Club following their elimination on Sunday in Kinshasa.

DeMbare returned home yesterday from a failed mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo after succumbing to a 0-1 defeat, which ended their hopes in this year’s competition.

For the fourth year running they failed to make it past the knock-out stages and Pasuwa yesterday rued the day they were held to a goalless draw by the Congolese outfit at the National Sports Stadium in the first leg two weeks ago.

After flattering to deceive in the preliminary round against Botswana lightweights Mochudi Centre Chiefs, whom they beat 4-1 on aggregate, Dynamos failed to find their range in the back-to-back clashes against AS Vita Club.

The golden rule in the premier club football competition is to win at home, but DeMbare blew it away when they gave AS Vita Club too much respect in the first leg. The Congolese side was not in any way superior and they were obviously happy to escape with the draw when Dynamos failed to raise their game.

“I think we lost it when we played here in Harare. We should have scored goals in Harare. It’s part of the game although we went there, dominated the game, we missed so many chances,” said Pasuwa.

“There was a big differences between the first game we played here and the game we played in DRC. We had so many clear chances (in DRC) but we couldn’t bury them.

“The only difference came through the penalty, which I think was very unfair. It was harsh on our part. Anyway that’s part of the game and that’s what you should expect when you play away.

“That is the reason I say we should have scored goals here.”

Dynamos were subdued by a 38th minute penalty that was converted by Etekiama Taguy Agiti after defender Partson Jaure was penalised for fouling an opponent inside the box.

The decision, however, was hotly disputed by the Zimbabwe champions leading to a stoppage of about four minutes.

FALL GUY . . . Dynamos coach Callisto Pasuwa once again failed to pick up a win on the road in Africa as he saw his side tumbling out of Caf Champions League after a narrow defeat at the hands of AS Vita of the Democratic Republic of Congo in Kinshasa
DeMbare had a better game, in which they dominated play, and could have taken the lead early but they missed a couple of clear-cut chances.

Pasuwa yesterday said their finishing has been a major let down and pointed to the missed opportunities in Kinshasa.

Simba Sithole, who started from the bench in the first leg, was thrust into the fray as a lone striker with Masimba Mambare performing the supporting role.

DeMbare have a severe handicap in terms of depth in strike-force and they had only one forward in the DRC, Sithole, as Washington Pakamisa did not travel nursing a knee injury.

There were significant tactical changes in Kinshasa with Devon Chafa returning to the fold as he featured in a right-back position while Oscar Machapa was pushed to the midfield to give impetus going forward.

Although DeMbare were on top for most of the time and launched several raids into the opponents’ territory, they still could not bury their chances.

The Harare giants needed at least a scoring draw to progress to the next round.

“The guys played very well. We dominated possession but at the end of the day it’s the goals that count. In the second half we were attacking and attacking, but we were missing so many chances.

“Like I have been saying of late, these are games of taking chances and burying them. We had three or four clear chances which I thought we could have utilised but unfortunately we couldn’t.

“Even Devon Chafa played well. Being his first game after coming from that suspension he played a blinder on the right side.

“The last time they were giving us problems using their left wing and we had to keep on defending that side. It worked very well and it’s unfortunate we lost the game through a penalty,” said Pasuwa.

Pasuwa also felt DeMbare were not well prepared for the tournament. The DeMbare coach said the calendar used in the domestic premiership has made their preparations difficult.

“I think we need time in terms of our preparations. If you can see we are buying six or so new players and within a month we are already participating in the Champions League.

“We need time to gel and then again if you look at our calendar the other guys will already be in the middle of their season yet in this country we will be coming from the off-season, which is a big difference in terms of the conditioning of the players.”

But as Dynamos strikers tumbled out of the Champions League without a goal to show in the first round, fellow Zimbabweans Knowledge Musona, Edward Sadomba and Matthew Rusike were shining as they propelled their clubs closer to the mini-league stage.

Sadomba, who was on target when his Libyan side Ahli Benghazi beat Berekum Chelsea of Ghana 2-0 to qualify to the second round on 3-1 aggregate victory, said DeMbare needed better preparations.

“It’s a good side with great players, no doubt about that. I think the preparation and the away travel arrangements were not convincing but life goes on.”

The former DeMbare marksman also had great praise for Musona, Rusike and Nkhata who have played significant roles for Chiefs with crucial goals.

Musona was named Player of the Week by Fifa in the competition after scoring a hat-trick that destroyed Mozambique side Liga Muculmana away in Mozambique to give Chiefs an easy passage on 7-0 aggregate.

“I am happy for my brothers. They are raising our flag high and also creating a good opportunity to open doors for fellow Zimbabweans,” said Sadomba. The Herald

Caf Champions League results:

Sunday 9 March

AS Vita Club (RD Congo) 1-0 Dynamos (Zimbabwe) (0-0)

(AS Vita Club qualified)

Al-Ahly (Egypt) 1-0 (4-3pen) Young Africans (Tanzania) (0-1)

(Al-Ahly qualified)

Ahli Benghazi (Libya) 2-0 Berekum Chelsea (Ghana) (1-1)

(Ahli Benghazi qualified)

Coton Sport (Cameroon) 5-0 Flambeau de l’Est (Burundi) (0-1)

(Coton Sport qualified)

TP Mazembe (RD Congo) 3-0 Astres Douala (Cameroon) (1-1)

(TP Mazembe qualified)

Séwé Sport (Cote d’Ivoire) 1-0 BYC (Liberia) (3-3)

(Séwé Sport qualified)

CS Sfaxien (Tunisia) 2-0 Dedebit (Ethiopia) (2-1)

(CS Sfaxien qualified)

El Hilal (Soudan) 2-0 Stade Malien (Mali) (0-0)

(El Hilal qualified)

Saturday 8 March

Kampala City Council (Uganda) 1-2 Nkana (Zambia) (2-2)

(Nkana qualified)

AS Real (Mali) 0-1 Enyimba (Nigeria) (2-1)

(Real qualified)

Raja Casablanca (Morocco) 1-0 (4-5pen) Horoya (Guinea) (0-1)

(Horoya qualified)

ASFA Yennenga (Burkina Faso) 0-0 ES Sétif (Algeria) (0-5)

(ES Sétif qualified)

Primeiro de Agosto (Angola) 2-0 AC Léopards (Congo) (1-4)

(AC Leopards qualified)

Liga Muculmana (Mozambique) 0-3 Kaizer Chiefs (South Africa) (0-4)

(Kaizer Chiefs qualified)

Friday 7 March

Kabuscorp (Angola) 0-0 Zamalek (Egypt) (0-1)

(Zamalek qualified)

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