Dynamos in injury crisis, as strike ends

HARARE - Just when everything seemed back on track for the Glamour Boys, coach Calisto Pusuwa was yesterday left sweating for the services of key players – Partson Jaure, Sydney Linyama and Washington Pakamisa – who are down with different ailments.

Dynamos players yesterday ended their two-day boycott of training as they settled down to resume preparations for their African Champions League return leg against Congolese outfit AS Vita in Kinshasa on Sunday. 

The players, who last trained on Sunday, had embarked on an industrial action in protest over unpaid bonuses stretching as far back as last season.

And after addressed by the club’s chairperson Kenny Mubaiwa at East 24 yesterday, the players were back at training but there was no sign of star defender Jaure, who was reportedly down with diarrhoea.

Jaure’s new partner at the heart of defence, Linyama, did not train due to a groin injury while striker Pakamisa complained of knee problem and the trio could be ruled out for the Vita match.

“First it was the boycott and now it’s injuries to some of the key players,” Pasuwa told the Daily News after the team’s morning training session.

“We will have to see tomorrow before our departure if they can get back to fitness. Our major worry is the illness of Jaure and the injury to Linyama. They had developed a good understand at the back and losing them at this point in time will be a huge blow.  

“We are in a difficult situation now. We will have to soldier on and work with what we have. So we will have to make do with that though it will leave us without depth in our squad.”     

Jaure and Linyama’s absence could open the door for former Buffaloes defender Themba Ndlovu who is yet to feature for DeMbare since his move from Mutare and big defender Victor Kamhuka.

Despite the injury concerns, Pasuwa however, remained optimistic the Harare giants can still progress to the next round.

“We have been psyching the guys to put this behind and focus on the task at hand. Regardless of all the challenges we still need to go and win in DRC.

“I know most people have written us off but we will do much of the talking after the match. We are going there to win and progress to the next round.”

The Glamour Boys were however boosted by the return to full training of midfielder Walter Mukanga who missed the first leg with a groin injury. Mukanga, who joined DeMbare from Triangle in January, has already settled and is expected to play an important role in DRC.

Midfielder Devon Chafa also trained with Dynamos for the first time after serving his six-month ban for testing positive to banned substance.

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