Poor away record haunts Dynamos

HARARE - A poor away record will be Dynamos’ Achilles heel in their quest to reach the group stages of the African Champions League this season following another winless match outside the country. 

The Glamour Boys reached the first round of the competition after defeating Botswana champions Mochudi Centre Chiefs 4-1 on aggregate.

POOR TRAVELLERS: Dynamos suffered a crushing 3-0 defeat at the hands of CA Bizertin of Tunisia in the African Champions League last year.

DeMbare won the first leg 3-0 on February 9 at home at the National Sports Stadium before playing out a 1-1 draw in Gaborone on Sunday.

In the last three years, Dynamos have failed to reach the group stages of the competition, losing out to North African opposition in the qualifying rounds.

In all three occasions, the Glamour Boys were let down by their poor form on the road as they lost heavily away from their Rufaro Stadium fortress.

You will have to go as far back as far back as March 21, 2010 for the last time Dynamos were able to win on the road in Africa’s premier club knockout competition.

The Harare giants won 0-1 against FC Lupopo of the Democratic Republic of Congo in Lubumbashi courtesy of Cuthbert Malajila’s goal in the first round qualifying stage of the competition.

Coincidentally, that was the last year DeMbare were able to reach the group stages of the competition.

Since then the record Zimbabwe champions have played a total of 10 games on the road in the Champions League.

Alarm bells should sound for Dynamos coach Calisto Pasuwa because in those 10 games the Glamour Boys have lost eight and only drew twice.

In those ten games under consideration, Dynamos have lost to African football lightweights like Gaborone United and Lesotho Correctional Services.

To make matters worse, Dynamos have shipped in an alarming 23 goals in the process at a rate of 2.3 goals per game.

That average is high largely to the 6-0 annihilation they received at the hands of Tunisian giants Esperance in the final qualifying round in 2012.

Going forward, Dynamos have been pathetic, scoring only four goals on the road in those 10 away games in the African Champions League.

For a team that harbours ambitions of reaching the last-eight stage of the competition, the Glamour Boys need to be more efficient in front of goal in away matches.

The stakes are now high for Dynamos as they meet DRC champions AS Vita in the first round of this year’s edition.

The first leg is scheduled for the National Sports Stadium on the weekend of February 28 and March 2.

At home, Dynamos should start as favourites to beat Vita, who dumped Nigerian champions Kano Pillars in the preliminary round after a 4-3 aggregate win.

DeMbare’s progress to the next round will depend largely on that home leg where they need to win by a huge margin considering that they will travel to Kinshasa for the second leg a week later.

If they get past Vita, DeMbare will meet the winner of the tie pitting South African side Kaizer Chiefs and Liga Muculmana of Mozambique.

Dynamos’ last 10 away games:

Gaborone United 1-0 Dynamos (2010)

Esperance 1-0 Dynamos (2010)

ES Setif 3-0 Dynamos (2010)

TP Mazembe 2-1 Dynamos (2010)

MC Algiers 3-0 Dynamos (2011)

Liga Muculmana 2-2 Dynamos (2012)

Esperance 6-0 Dynamos (2012)

Lesotho Correction Services 1-0 Dynamos (2013)

CA Bizertin 3-0 Dynamos (2013)

Mochudi Centre Chiefs 1-1 Dynamos (2014)

Comments (4)

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mhofelah - 18 February 2014

I watched the match in Botswana if they want to move on they have to play we cannot have a team which solely depends on the work of its defenders throughout. Come on Pasuwa your midfield stinks and hey of late Zimbaweans were have the dribblers gone to. It looks like only Machapa can dribble in Dynamos.

Maita Manyuka - 18 February 2014

I watched the match in Botswana if they want to move on they have to play we cannot have a team which solely depends on the work of its defenders throughout. Come on Pasuwa your midfield stinks and hey of late Zimbaweans were have the dribblers gone to. It looks like only Machapa can dribble in Dynamos.

Maita Manyuka - 18 February 2014

I do not why Dynamos did not look for good strikers and mid fielders during the transfer period.Pasuwa is a good coach but with a bunch of average strikers the team will be booted out of the competition in their next game.The executive should be serious especially on acquisition of players.

Bra 4 - 19 February 2014

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