Defeat a wake-up call: Pasuwa

HARARE - Dynamos coach Calisto Pasuwa says Sunday’s 3-2 defeat by Buffaloes, their first loss of the season, should be a "wake-up call" for his players.

The defending Castle Premiership champions lost away to the Mutare side in a match marred by poor officiating from referee Langton Chitsa, who came in for heavy criticism from both teams.

Coming into Wednesday’s game, Dynamos were the firm favourites against a Buffaloes side which had lost all their previous five games, prompting the resignation of coach Saul Chaminuka.

"It's a tough league and so this can happen. We'll pick ourselves up and move forward. We failed to win because we made too many mistakes,” Pasuwa told Daily News on Thursday.

“But I think we needed something like this to reorganise ourselves before the season gets to the business end. It’s a wake-up call. Defensively we played badly on Sunday, we were just poor. The situation was also worsened by the surface of the pitch, which was bumpy. We conceded soft goals.

“We failed to find our rhythm. We failed to keep possession. We did not play our normal game and in the end we paid dearly for that. But credit should also go to Buffaloes because they played well. For us this is the key moment. It’s still too early to panic. The defeat comes at the right time. This will give us enough time to rectify our shortcomings.”

Pasuwa called on his team to focus on getting back to winning ways after the loss, which ended their 14-match unbeaten run, which saw them drop from second place to fourth following Harare City’s 3-1 win over Monomotapa yesterday and Chicken Inn’s stunning 1-0 defeat of leaders Highlanders on Sunday.

City moved up to second place while Chicken Inn are now third.

“The biggest challenge now is how we are going to respond to this defeat. We need to sit down and re-strategize in order to improve in our next matches,” Pasuwa said.

Meanwhile, DeMbare will resume defence of their title against How Mine at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday before traveling to Bulawayo the following weekend to complete the mid-season double header against the PSL debutants.

Fixtures

Saturday:
Tripple B v Buffaloes (Dulibadzimu), FC Platinum v Black Rhinos (Mandava), CAPS United v Highlanders (SS9, National Sports Stadium).

Sunday: Shabanie Mine v Chicken Inn (Maglas), Triangle United v Black Mambas (Gibbo), Dynamos v How Mine (SS9, Rufaro), Monomotapa v Motor Action (Gwanzura), Hwange v Harare City (Colliery). Defeat a wake-up call: Pasuwa

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