End of an era for Dynamos?

HARARE - No king will reign forever, so the saying goes. Is the prevailing situation at Dynamos proving the old adage true?

Poor Dynamos reached for a new level of mediocrity on Sunday with another average performance to escape with a lucky one all draw against rivals Highlanders at Rufaro Stadium in the Castle Premiership.

A difficult start to the 2013 season has seen the record 19-time Zimbabwean champions collect just five points out of a possible 15, leaving them languishing in 12th place on the log standings.

After they were disappointingly knocked out of the Champions League by Tunisian side CA Bizertin in the first round, many expected DeMbare to turn on the style on the domestic front, like they have done in the past two seasons, but Calisto Pasuwa’s men have been a pale shadow of the Glamour Boys who clinched back-to-back league and cup doubles in 2011 and 2012.

On Sunday, Dynamos needed a last-gasp Partson Jaure equaliser three minutes into the initial added time to ensure a share of the spoils against Bosso, who felt hard done by the referee Norman Matemera.

And after his goal on Sunday – his third for Dynamos this season – defender Jaure remained defiant and warned Chazunguza’s rivals that they will have to dig deeper to wrestle the title from them.  

The former La Liga stopper appealed for patience among the club's fans, saying Pasuwa is slowly building a project that need a bit of time to hit its straps.

“I was happy to score an important goal for my team,” Jaure said after the match.

“They thought they had won already but we never gave up. We kept on fighting and we got paid in the end. Losing to Highlanders was going to be hard to take. We want to maintain our history against them intact.

“I think the team is just going through a bad spell, but I’m sure we will get it right one day. We are playing well but it's unfortunate that positive results have not been coming our way of late. At the moment, the team is there and it's a good team, but what we need is the patience of the fans. They need to keep supporting the team like what they have been doing and I am sure we will get it right.

“I think we are learning from our mistakes, but people should support us because this is just a passing phase. We will soon start getting positive results.”

If Dynamos go on to return their title for the third season running, it will not be the first time in the modern PSL that they would have made a strong finish after a poor start.

The most recent late surge was in 2011 when the club fired Lloyd Mutasa mid-season and replaced him with his assistant Pasuwa, who regrouped the troops and led them to league title and Mbada Diamonds Cup glory.

However, a lot has since changed and those two glorious years look buried in the past.

Several influencial players have left the club for greener pastures in the past year and half, and the effects of that exodus was never more visible than on Sunday.  

The team lacked creativity and imagination, signs that the current crop of players lacks the class to repeat the feats of 2008, 2011 and 2012 when Dynamos were crowned champions.

It’s hard to see players of the calibre of Justice Majabvi, Edward Sadomba, Rodreck Mutuma, Takesure Chinyama and Simba Sithole in the current group.

Big forward Francisco Zekumbawira, who arrived at the club on a $15 000 loan deal from Hwange amid hype and huge expectations, is yet to score for Dynamos in all the matches he has featured.

It’s probably a psychological thing for Zekumbawira and Dynamos.

One gets the feeling that once the tint-haired striker gets off the mark with a first goal, he will become the player everyone expect him to be, and that once Dynamos win their first match, they will prove very difficult to stop again.

Failure to do so could spell the end of Dynamos’ reign in Zimbabwean football. - Godknows Matarutse

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