Pasuwa whine about player exodus

MASERU - Dynamos' biggest enemy in their quest to reclaim their African Champions League dizzy heights will not be the opponents they face on the field.

Rather, the departure of key players at the club every season-end might see them fall short again of their real potential, says coach Calisto Pasuwa.

Pasuwa watched his team succumb to a 1-0 defeat to Lesotho Correctional Services in the second leg of the qualifying round on Sunday, although the Glamour Boys qualified to the first round 3-1 on aggregate.  

DeMbare will now play Club Berzetin in the first round after the Tunisians outfit knocked out Ettihad of Libya 2-1 on aggregate at the weekend.

The Dynamos gaffer was the first to admit his team will increasingly find the going tough in their quest to make the mini-league phase of Africa's premier club competition.

 “Yes, we start off well but as we go further into the tournament you see that teams we will start playing against are compact because they don’t only have quality, but this quality has been together for three years or so,”Pasuwa  told reporters before the team left Maseru yesterday.

 “So to build a team to such an extent that it’s a team that has familiarity is something that takes a long time.”

 Pasuwa said the record 19-time Zimbabwean champions’ dominance of the local league cannot be used as yardstick to measure their preparedness for continental football.

“It’s different, they is a huge difference,” he said.

"These Champions League games need good combinations and experience. A good example is the squads of Esperance and Al-Ahly, these teams don't change much but they will actually be adding players every year.  At Dynamos we sell players, yes we know there are financial problems and that sometimes (selling) is the only way to sustain the club. But when we are talking of team stability then we will always be found wanting.”

In the last two seasons, the Glamour Boys have lost Takesure Chinyama, Washington Arubi, Roderick Mutuma, Simba Sithole and Denver Mukamba to South African clubs while Archieford Gutu joined Swedish top-flight side Kalmar FF.

Pasuwa however said despite these challenges, the current crop of Dynamos players would do their best to leave a mark in Africa.

“We are not making excuses,” Pasuwa said.  “We will go out there and win, we will challenge for honours so that we can be once again counted as giants in African football.” - Farayi Machamire in Lesotho

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