Dynamos still believe

HARARE - Dynamos team manager Richard Chihoro is certain the Glamour Boys can still progress to the second round of the African Champions League after a nil all draw against AS Vita in the first leg of the first round left them staring at early exit again. 

Playing at home at the National Sports Stadium on Saturday, DeMbare looked clueless throughout, failing to create any meaningful chances the whole afternoon.

The record 20-times Zimbabwean champions now face a daunting task of going to Kinshasa this Sunday, where they need a favourable result to reach the last 16 stage of the competition.

Odds are now heavily staked against Calisto Pasuwa’s men considering that they have failed to win their last 10 away African Champions League games.

To qualify for the second round, DeMbare need to win or at least get a scoring draw against the Congolese side.

And in the event that the second leg ends goalless, the tie will be decided by a penalty shootout.

Chihoro was however putting on a brave face yesterday, insisting that the Harare giants will seal passage in the second leg in Kinshasa.

“We are still in with a good chance to progress to the next round. Chances are 50-50. We drew here and we can as well go there and force a scoring draw,” Chihoro told the Daily News.

“It will be a different game in Kinshasa. We are not worried about our away record, in football anything can happen.”

Chihoro said the Glamour Boys will resume full training today hoping midfielders Walter Mukanga and Tafadzwa Rusike, who have been battling with injuries, regain fitness.

Mukanga missed the first leg tie against Vita with a groin injury while Rusike picked up a knock prior to the weekend’s match.

“We will assess if there are any injuries when start training tomorrow. We are expecting the injured players – Mukanga and Rusike – to be back to full fitness," he said.

Dynamos’ last away win in the African Champions League came in 2010 when they beat DRC side FC Lupopo 1-0 in Kinshasa. They last reached the group stage of the competition that year.

On Sunday, they have it all to do against Vita.

Vita are very popular in Kinshasa and normally attract a full house at their 80 000 capacity Stade des Martyrs home ground.

They currently trail DRC Super League Group B leaders Sanga Balende with two points in the Congolese top-flight league.

Comments (1)

Depenalty woye!!!!!!!!! Ko Mambare uripo hereeeee!!! Munonomama kuKinshasa uko.

Kachembere kekwaChivi - 4 March 2014

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