Momentum is key: Muparati

MASERU - Dynamos vice-captain Tawanda Muparati has issued a rallying call to his teammates, urging them to finish off Lesotho Correctional Services in empathic fashion in the African Champions League tomorrow.

The record- Zimbabwean champions have plundered seven goals in their last two matches, including the 3-0 first leg win over LSC in the qualifying round of the Champions League, and Muparati believes form is important in Africa’s premier club competition.

Muparati believes the Glamour Boys’ momentum can help them to a respectable Champions League campaign this time around.

Today’s match kicks off 3pm local time at Sesotho Stadium.

Muparati, playing in his third Champions League campaign for DeMbare, has risen to become one of the senior players at the club due to the exodus of key players in the last two seasons.

The offensive midfielder, who wears the Dynamos armband when club captain Murape Murape is not on the pitch, opened the scoring with a spectacular long range volley in the first leg at Rufaro Stadium.

And despite coming into tomorrow’s match high riding on the back of three impressive wins, Muparati does not want Dynamos to start counting their gains just yet.

Rather, he believes today’s match here is an opportunity for the 1998 Champions League finalists to send a strong message to African football pundits that they have awakened from their slumber after two disastrous performances in the last two editions of the tournament.

“It’s not about this game only, but we want to reach the final. This year we are aiming high,” Muparati told the Daily News.

“We didn’t travel all the way here for holiday. We know the task at hand and we came here to win.”

Coach Calisto Pasuwa is unlikely to change the side that did battle for DeMbare two weeks ago despite the temptation to tinker with a strong 18-man squad at his disposal.

Pasuwa is likely to maintain his favoured formulae of lining up two defensive midfielders and two attacking midfielders.

Devon Chafa and Stephen Alimenda will play in front of a backline of central defenders Partson Jaure and Gift Bello alongside wingbacks Ocean Mushure and Thomas Magorimbo .

Muparati and Uganda international Boban Ziruntisa will partner as the attacking midfielders, feeding lone striker Franscisco Zekumbawira, who will be making his Champions League debut.

The Glamour Boys, who arrived in two batches on Friday, had a light training session yesterday afternoon but lost out on an afternoon workout after technicalities surrounding the travelling.

After having left Harare for Maseru via Johannesburg at 7:20 am, Dynamos only arrived here at 7pm, spending more than eight hours stuck in transit at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg as bad weather prevented their plane from landing at Moshoeshoe 1 International airport Friday morning.

However DeMbare remained calm and collected with Pasuwa conceding these “these things happen.”

Dynamos Probable X1

George Chigova, Gift Bello, Ocean Mushure, Thomas Magorimbo, Partson Jaure, Devon Chafa, Stephen Alimenda, Murape Murape, Tawanda Muparati, Boban Ziruntisa, Francisco Zekumbawira.

 

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