Pasuwa wary of Bizertin threat

HARARE - Dynamos coach Calisto Pasuwa has expressed his concern over CA Bizertin’s threat at set pieces during Sunday’s African Champions League clash in Tunisia.

DeMbare leave for Tunisia late this afternoon and will have at least two days to acclimatise to local conditions in the town of Bizerte before the first leg at the October 15 Stadium.   

Pasuwa acknowledges his team will play second fiddle on set pieces since the Bizertin players have a physical advantage over the Glamour Boys.

“I only know how Tunisian teams play for now but as for the team (Bizertin), I don’t know how they play,” Pasuwa told reporters yesterday.

“But looking at their statistics on the internet I could see that they have an average team height of 1.84m and their average weight of 77kg.

“If you look at our team in terms of the height we have an average of 1.67m and we have been raining a lot on set pieces.

“The last time we played in Tunisia against Esperance we had problems in dealing with set pieces because they had the height advantage. These are some of the areas we have been working on at training.”

North African teams usually spend extra hours practicing their movement at dead ball situations and if DeMbare are not alert on Sunday, they will be exposed.

The former DeMbare midfielder has every reason to be worried after the Zimbabwean champions were outclassed in all departments by Esperance last year.

In the previous round last month against Lesotho Correctional Services, Pasuwa rotated his goalkeepers.

George Chigova played in the first leg at Rufaro Stadium with DeMbare running out 3-0 winners through goals from Tawanda Muparati, Boban Zirintusa and Partson Jaure.

In the second leg in Maseru, newcomer Artwell Mukandi was given the nod between the sticks.

DeMbare lost the second leg 1-0 but progressed to the first round with a 3-1 aggregate win.

Pasuwa was coy on the subject on who will start in goals against Bizertin on Sunday.

“These are two young goalkeepers who are equally good and at any given day they will give you their maximum effort,” said Pasuwa.

"We are saying to these two young men that they should be ready for the match because anything is possible.

“Whoever is going to be chosen to play should be positive in everything they do on Sunday.”

Meanwhile, Pusuwa is still livid with the Premier Soccer League’s decision to cancel DeMbare’s friendly match against Buffaloes last weekend.  The PSL argued that the match could be counter attraction to the NetOne Charity Shield played in Zvishavane at the same weekend.

“We are saying to our bosses of football in Zimbabwe that when Dynamos is playing in the Champions League we are representing a Zimbabwean cause,” fumed Pasuwa.

“They should have supported us in allowing us to play these friendly matches. Remember we have got a new team altogether and we have played few games as a team.

“We wanted as many friendly games as possible so that the team could gel, so this is a plea to the football bosses to help us during our preparations so that we can build a strong team.”

DeMbare captain Murape Murape said: “As a team we are prepared to go to Tunisia and come back with a positive result. We have the confidence and I think that is what is needed for us to go out there and fight.”

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