Dynamos call off camp

HARARE - Dynamos have abandoned plans for an out-of-town pre-season training and bonding camp, but club chairman Kenny Mubaiwa insists the decision was not influenced by lack of funds.  

DeMbare, who will represent the country in the African Champions League, are also aiming to win a league and cup double for a record three years in succession.

Coach Calisto Pasuwa and his assistants had requested a pre-season camp in Chiredzi or Kariba, but Mubaiwa claims the coaches have had a change of heart and asked for more warm-up matches instead.

 “We are no longer going to camp outside Harare and the team will continue conducting their training sessions at Raylton (Sports Club),” Mubaiwa told the Daily News yesterday. “The coaches insisted that they now want to play more friendly matches and camping is now out of the picture.

“We received money from our sponsors BancABC for camping but it’s just that it came a bit late. It’s not that we failed to raise money for the boys to go and camp”.

Sources, however, said the club’s technical department is still keen on the training camp and they are not aware about the cancellation of the whole thing.

“The technical team gave the executive their programme on preparations when they came from off-season. After efforts to camp in Kariba and Chiredzi failed to materialise they were told they could go and camp in Marondera.

“The coaches are still pressing to camp in Marondera because they are saying they want players to bond and have more time to assess fitness. I don’t think the coaches are aware that the camping has been called off because they are supposed to travel to Marondera next Monday.”

Dynamos were handed a relatively tough Champions League draw in which they will play Lesotho Correctional Services in the preliminary round next month.

Should they manage to pass the Basotho test, the Glamour Boys will then meet the winner between either Libyan champions Al-Ittihad or Tunisian outfit CA Bizertin.

The 19 times Zimbabwean champions will then have to clear a tough second round hurdle posed by reigning African champions Al-Ahly to make it to the group stages. - Godknows Matarutse

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