A big setback: Pasuwa

BIZERTE - Dynamos coach Calisto Pasuwa conceded the 3-0 defeat by Club Athletic Bizertin could prove costly to the club’s hopes of qualifying for the mini-league phase of the African Champions League.

The Zimbabwean champions now face a mammoth task to qualify for the final qualifying round of Africa’s premier club competition as they now need to beat Bizertin by four clear goals in the second leg in Harare in two weeks time.

For the opening 45 minutes on Sunday, DeMbare put up a dogged performance and their marking looked sharp at set pieces, but it was a different story in the second half.

Dynamos conceded three soft goals from Ali Machani, Ahmed Harran (pen) and Fakherdinne Jaziri as a result of their poor communication and marking at set pieces.

“This is a big set back for us, but we are saying we have to go back home and correct the mistakes that we made today,” Pasuwa told reporters after the game.

“The sad part is that we have been talking about how to deal with set pieces but today we go and concede three goals from restarts.

“It was a lack of concentration from the guys and that’s were we lost the game today.

“We now have to be offensive and attack in the second leg in Harare so that we can get the three goals.”

Concerning DeMbare’s marking at set pieces, Pasuwa said: “I have been talking about these set pieces all day and the problem was that we were not attacking the ball when it was coming.”

Pasuwa, who has led Dynamos to back-to-back league and cup doubles at home in the last two seasons, is still hopeful that the club can pull off a comeback against Bizertin at Rufaro Stadium.

“Bizertin are not a difficult team to play against and today they were leaving some gaps at the back, so I’m saying to my players lets back in there and get those three goals in the second leg,” he said.

“If we take chances when they come to Harare we will be able to get back in the game. Today we had a few chances that came our way but we could bury them.

“Had we scored one it was going to be easier for us. So we will got out and attack in the second leg.”

Bizertin coach Kbaier Mondher, in charge for the first time since his appointment last Tuesday, was delighted with the result.

“This is a good result for us but we have done only half of the mission and we must be ready and prepare for the second leg if we are to qualify for the next round,” Mondher told reporters after the game.

(In the first half) They (Dynamos) were operating with 10 players in a space of 30 metres and it seemed that it was going to be impossible to score, but at halftime we spoke to the players and we need to do things differently.

“I’m happy with the score but we must be ready for the second game. The second leg will be a different game. We are going to apply how we are going to play in the second leg this weekend in the league. I hope we will qualify for the next round.” - Nigel Matongorere in Tunisia

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