We'II attack: Pasuwa

HARARE - Despite carrying a healthy 3-0 first leg lead, Dynamos will not put their feet off the accelerator in the African Champions League qualifying round second leg away to Lesotho Correctional Services on Sunday.

A draw or narrow defeat in Maseru will still see the Zimbabwean champions through to the first round of Africa’s premier club competition, but coach Calisto Pasuwa says the Glamour Boys are keen to continue their rich vein of scoring form when they clash with the Basotho outfit.

The Glamour Boys got their campaign off to a flyer two weeks ago, dismissing the Lesotho champions 3-0 in first leg at Rufaro Stadium to put one foot in the next round.

The record 19-time Zimbabwean champions were stripped of their core team status by the Confederation of African Football (Caf) following two dismal campaigns in the last two years, meaning that instead of starting at the first round stage, they had to play a preliminary round this time around.

But that demotion seems to have triggered a positive reaction from the blue-and-white army, which Pasuwa wants to maintain.

“We are going there to win, we are not going there with the mentality that it’s going to be easy because we have beaten them before,” Pasuwa told the Daily News yesterday.

“We can’t get there and relax and be comfortable, if we do that then our mind-sets are not right.”

Pasuwa warned his players not to sit on their laurels on Sunday.

“Everybody who is in the team should be ready, knowing this is a new game. If we played them here and beat them 3-0 then what can stop them from scoring even more goals there,” he said.

“So we are going with a mentality to win.”

It is still off-season in Zimbabwean domestic football, but DeMbare have taken off from the starting blocks like a bullet train out of a tunnel, harvesting nine goals in their last three matches.

Talk of a player crisis at the club following the off-season departure of key men Denver Mukamba, Rodreck Mutuma and Simba Sithole, is quickly fading into distant memory thanks to the early promise shown by the club’s new signings.

 “It’s not a case of saying we don’t have strikers, we don’t have this, but it’s about how we play as a team, going into the creating zones so that we create scoring chances,” Pasuwa said.

“We might say we have the strikers but if we can’t create the chances then there is nothing we are doing. But I’m happy that even the defenders and midfielders are showing promise, going forward and joining the attack and scoring goals, which is a healthy situation for us.”

Captain Tawanda Muparati, defender Partson Jaure and Uganda international Boban Zirintusa were on target for DeMbare a fortnight ago, but Pasuwa was left frustrated with his players for failing to score more goals.

The champions were in ruthless form again at the weekend when they clobbered rivals Highlanders 4-0 in the Bob89 Super Cup on Sunday to win the trophy 6-1 on aggregate.

In the first round, Dynamos are set to face either Al Ittihad of Libya or Tunisian giants Bizirtin, who drew one all in the first leg in Tunisia.

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