Lack of variation stifles DeMbare

HARARE - After the 1-0 win over Tunisian side CA Bizertin in the African Champions League second leg first round on Sunday, Dynamos coach Calisto Pasuwa bemoaned a lack of imagination from his players.

The Zimbabwe Champions needed to win the match by four clear goals to reach the final qualifying round after they had lost the first leg 3-0 in Bizerte last month.

Over the two legs, Bizertin had not been very outstanding to suggest that they are a better side than Dynamos.

On Sunday at Rufaro Stadium the Tunisians were there for the taking and had the Dynamos players did applied themselves better they could have overcome that lead from the first leg.

As expected from a team carrying a 3-0 lead, Bizertin were very narrow as they came to Harare with the intention of protecting their lead.

Dynamos enjoyed all the possession as Bizertin sat back deep in their own half with only their tall striker Olivier Fils Karekezi play upfront.

Most DeMbare fans will point to Boban Ziruntusa and Farai Mupasiri for their side’s lack of potency in front of goal but that is not necessarily the case.  

The DeMbare fullbacks Ocean Mushure and Partson Jaure provided the much needed width to get behind the Tunisians defence.

Mushure and Jaure were however DeMbare’s biggest let down as they failed to have any variation in their deliveries into the box.

Most of the times the two were in advanced positions in the Bizertin half they chose to cross the ball into the box for Boban Ziruntusa and Farai Mupasiri.

The Dolphins defenders had a field day as they easily dealt with the centres coming in from wide positions and the more the game went on Dynamos looked out of depth.

If Mushure and Jaure had added a little of variation in their final ball it could have been a different story.

Instead of just crossing into the box, the two fullbacks could have at least tried to check inside and play a one-two with a teammate to open the clustered Bizertin defenders.

Playing a one-two with a team mate might have given the fullbacks an opportunity to shoot at goal and put pressure of the visitors’ goalkeeper Mustapha Ben Farouk.

The Bizertin goalkeeper was troubled a few times by long range shots that he spilled before collecting on the second attempt.

Had Dynamos got more shots on goal, Farouk might have spilled the ball at some point and give the attackers a chance to score from the rebound.      

The more Mushure and Jaure continued to send in crosses from wide positions; DeMbare’s play became very predictable.

They should have at least tried to bring in an element of surprise by mixing up their deliveries into the box.

In fact Dynamos’ best chance of the game summed up what their fullbacks needed to do more often if they were going to score more goals.

In the 34th minute, Jaure was released on the right wing by Mupasiri and the defender did well to pull back a low cross to the edge of the box.

Unfortunately for the Zimbabwe champions the ball fell to Tawanda Muparati, who shot with his weaker right foot and dragged the effort wide.

The entire Bizertin defence had been expecting Jaure to send in a high cross but they were caught unawares by the change in variation in the cross.

If they had done more of this, it would have been a different story today but it’s now back to the drawing board for Pasuwa and his players.

The onus is now on them to bounce back in the league and hope that they win the league again this season to have another go at continental glory next year.


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