Zirintusa joins DeMbare

HARARE - Dynamos have received a significant boost to their preparations for the African Champions League after Uganda international Boban Zirintusa joined the squad over the weekend.

Zirintusa’s arrival in Harare puts to rest uncertainty surrounding his future after reports suggested the Zimbabwean champions were struggling to buy an air ticket for the player’s trip from Kampala.

Dynamos coach Calisto Pasuwa and his assistants welcomed the Ugandan on Friday before introducing him to his new teammates on Saturday.

The offensive midfielder featured as a second half substitute during DeMbare’s goalless draw in a friendly match with Black Rhinos at 1 Commando on Saturday.

Ziruntusa, who will be making his Castle Premiership debut this year, joins Dynamos from Division One side Twalumba United.

DeMbare are scheduled to get their Champions League campaign off the ground against Lesotho Correctional Service in a preliminary round tie mid-next month, and they are desperate to finalise their squad following frustrations on the transfer market.  

Their preparations have been made difficult after the executive failed to raise funds for a training camp in Kariba or Chiredzi.

Strikers Roderick Mutuma and Simba Sithole, who have been registered for the Champions League, are in South Africa where they are undergoing trials at different clubs.

On Saturday, Pasuwa only had one forward in Farai Mupasiri as the Glamour Boys failed to penetrate the Rhinos defence.

With time running out, Dynamos are also yet to pay Hwange loan transfer fee of $15 000 for the services of striker Francesco Zekumbawire.

Dynamos are also yet to agree terms for the services of Chicken Inn midfielder Sydney Linyama, who did not feature in Saturday’s friendly.

Fullback Ocean Mushure and midfielder Milton Makopa are carrying injuries.

Dynamos chairperson Kenny Mubaiwa, however, said Zekumbawire is likely to join camp this week after the club deposited his transfer fee last week.

“We have finalised with Zekumbawire and we are expecting him to join the rest of the team any time this week,” Mubaiwa told the Daily News yesterday.

On pre-season preparations, Mubaiwa said: “The decision for camping lies with the coaches but I understand they now want to organise more friendly matches instead of going for camp.”

Dynamos might have won back-to-back league and cup doubles in the last two years, but they have fared dismally in the tougher Champions League, exiting the tournament in the early rounds on 2011 and last year.

Their poor showing has also cost the Harare giants their seeding in the competition, in which they were once rated the sixth best club on the continent.

Dynamos will however, have a chance to assess their progress when they play South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns in a friendly match later this week.

The Glamour Boys will use the match to try different combinations ahead of the Champions League preliminary round against Lesotho Correctional Services next month.

Mamelodi Sundowns will also play former champions Highlanders and CAPS United during their one-week tour of Zimbabwe. - Godknows Matarutse

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