Pasuwa praises newcomers

HARARE - Dynamos coach Calisto Pasuwa has saluted the impact of the newcomers in his squad after the Glamour Boys sailed through comfortably to the next round of the African Champions League.

Former Monomotapa attacking midfielder Ronald Chitiyo scored his first goal for the Zimbabwean champions against Mochudi Centre Chiefs in the second-leg of the preliminary round on Sunday before the hosts fought back through Onalethata Tshekiso’s 70th minute strike to earn a one all draw in Gaborone.

In the end, Dynamos still progressed to the first round of the Champions League 4-1 on aggregate following their 3-0 home victory in the first leg.

The draw in Gaborone stretched Dynamos’ winless away streak in Africa to 10 games, but Chitiyo’s performance left Pasuwa delighted to have him in his team.

Not only did Chitiyo score a beauty, the diminutive midfielder created a flurry of chances that were fluffed by a Dynamos strike force yet to find its rhythm.

“The boy has always been a good player,” said Pasuwa of Chitiyo.

“Remember he has played for the national team before, his performance at the Cosafa Cup last year was brilliant. He is showing he deserves to wear the blue and white jersey of Dynamos.”

A regular feature in the Warriors squad under Klaus-Dieter Pagels, Chitiyo has fallen down the pecking order since Ian Gorowa took over from the German gaffer mid-last year.

Pasuwa, who is also Zimbabwe’s assistant coach, believes Chitiyo has a chance to reclaim his place in the national team if he carries his form into the upcoming 2014 domestic season. 

The former DeMbare midfielder also reserved special praise for another new signing, Walter Mkanga, who was also making his second appearance for Dynamos since joining in the off-season.

“Walter played well with or without the ball,” Pasuwa said of the ex-Triangle midfield star.

“He is a ball player. He still needs to get his fitness levels up, but I see him making a great contribution to the team.”

Meanwhile, Chitiyo believes Dynamos will help him reclaim the lofty heights of 2012 when he was one of the hottest properties on the domestic scene, capping off a fine season by being voted among the 11 Soccer Stars of the Year.

On Sunday, the skilful midfielder from Epworth combined delightfully with Masimba Mambare to open up the Chiefs defence before firing past Magosi goalkeeper Raphael Ntwane with a rising effort from inside the box.

“I want to thank the Dynamos family for welcoming me with open arms,” Chitiyo said.

“I think scoring here (in Botswana) will give me confidence. I’m just happy to be here. I want to just contribute in every way I can.”

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