DeMbare happy with preps

HARARE - Dynamos team manager Richard Chihoro is pleased with the way the Glamour Boys have been preparing for their 2014 African Champions League tournament.

Despite the absence of head Calisto Pasuwa, who is on national duty with the Zimbabwe national football team in South Africa, the Glamour Boys have been training feverishly at the Zimphos grounds.

Pasuwa’s assistant Philemon Mutyakureva and goalkeeper’s coach Tichaona Diya have been taking care of business in the absence of their gaffer.

Dynamos will begin their campaign in the preliminary round against Botswana’s Mochudi Centre Chiefs early next month with the return leg set for weekend of February 14, 15 and 16 in Gaborone.

There have been questions raised that the coach will not have enough time to work with his charges when he returns from the Chan tournament, but Chihoro believes the team is well on course with their preparations.

“We have enjoyed good preparations. It’s a major competition and we needed this kind of preparations,” Chihoro told the Daily News.

“We are in the right direction and I am happy with our fitness levels. Since we started our pre-season we have been training twice and even during the weekends.

“And I don’t think the absence of Pasuwa will be much of a problem because he left us a schedule which we are following. There is no major difference.  I am sure when the coach comes back he will have enough time to work with the players.

“We are confident of qualifying for the group stages this time around. The good thing is that everyone is excited and looking forward to a good tournament.”

If DeMbare manage to negotiate past their opening game against Mochudi, they will then meet the winner between AS Vita of DRC and Nigeria's Kano Pillars in the first round of the tournament.

A potentially-explosive final round clash against South Africa’s Kaizer Chiefs is in waiting provided the Super Disk outfit; negotiate their way in the preliminary and first round clashes.

The Glamour Boys last reached the mini-league stage of Africa’s premier club competition in 2010 when they finished bottom of their group.

In 2011, then under Lloyd Mutasa, Dynamos were dumped in the final qualifying round by Algerian side MC Algiers.

Dynamos won the first leg 4-1 at Rufaro Stadium but capitulated in the second leg in Algiers.

DeMbare squandered the three-goal lead after going down 3-0 to Algiers to exit the competition.

In 2012, Dynamos bowed out of the competition at the same stage at the hands of the then reigning champions Esperance of Tunisia.

DeMbare put up one of their worst performances on the continent and were convincingly beaten 6-0 in the first leg in Tunisia by a Youssef Msakni-inspired Esperance at Tunis’ Rades Stadium.

The second leg in Harare was a mere formality as Dynamos needed to pull off one of the most daring escapes by winning 6-0 or better to progress.

Lasts year, DeMbare was again knocked out in the first round of the competition by Tunisian side CA Bizertin.

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