Gloom for Dynamos

HARARE - It an old adage that history repeats itself, first as tragedy, and then as farce.

The cliché rings true to Zimbabwean champions Dynamos Football Club.

Hours after the club’s executive chairman Kenny Mubaiwa received quite a spanking in the race for the Premier Soccer League (PSL) chairmanship from none other than Twine Phiri, president of old enemy CAPS United, Dynamos tumbled out of the African Champions League in the early stages of the tournament for the fourth year in a row.

Congolese giants AS Vita landed a severe blow on Dynamos here yesterday, winning the second leg of the first round 1-0 after doing well in the Harare leg, where they held out to a nil all draw.

The defeat yesterday marked yet another sensational exit from the competition by the Harare giants having failed to advance to the mini-league phase in the previous three years.

Just like in their previous 10 away matches in Africa, Dynamos failed to find their rhythm away from home.

AS Vita got the all-important goal from Taddy Etekiama, who converted from a penalty spot in the first half.

The Congolese advance to the next round where they will now meet South African giants Kaizer Chiefs, who thrashed Mozambican side Liga Muculmana 7-0 on aggregate.

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 to go down 3-0.

In 2012, DeMbare 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.

And last year, DeMbare was again knocked out in the first round of the competition by Tunisian side CA Bizertin 3-1 on aggregate.

Comments (4)

Drastic measures need to be taken at Dynamos immediately if football in this country is to move forward. Everyone knows that Dynamos is the yardstick by which our football is measured across Africa and the world. It is not important how many League championships they win locally but how well they perform in Africa and internationally that really matters. They have nothing to prove to us Zimbabweans locally.

Sikhosana - 10 March 2014

Its false to say Dynamos are a top Team in Zim. Look yourself in the eye and ask yourself how you have cheated other teams to get your short term glory in the country.

George Bango - 10 March 2014

dynamos failure shld be a colective responsibility.firstly pasuwa rejected zuze as his assistant.he then crafted dynamos training programme while he was at chan.suprisingly he cried lack of fitness of his team on return.crucially he failed to recruit strikers yet he knew the dept is light weight.the executive shld insist on experienced coach wether pasuwa agrees or not coz the technical dept is weak.the executive lacks pre planning,why shld players go on strike?the board of trustees shld ensure they assist funding the club rather than fold arms when the house is on fire

tonderai marime - 10 March 2014

George Bango don't be jealousy, Dynamos is one of the top teams whether you like it or not. the state at Dynamos against other continental competition is the same as the national team itself where is it going? It is the state of soccer in the country which is more of boozer league than a professional league. Whic otherbteam has faired any better against those opposition, yes we trounce teams from Seychelles, Botswana Madascar, Lesotho and that is where we end. It is not about Dynamos it is about the state of soccer in the country. Which team was cheated, Bosso was beaten 4:0 by the Cats when it was supposed to rap up the league and The Cats failed to beat Caps United so you wanted Dembare to lose so that the game looks fair?

Maita Manyuka - 11 March 2014

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