New signings impress Pasuwa

HARARE - Dynamos coach Calisto Pasuwa has hailed his new signings after the newcomers produced a flawless display at the weekend when DeMbare retained the Bob Super Cup with a 2-0 win over rivals Highlanders.

The Glamour Boys, who have won the league title for the past three straight years, also extended their seven-year unbeaten run over their great rivals.

Former Monomotapa winger Ronald Chitiyo, who was duly named man-of-the-match and ex-Bosso midfielder Masimba Mambare scored for DeMbare to earn plaudits from Pasuwa alongside fellow newcomer Walter Mukanga who had a great afternoon in the middle of the park.

And following Dynamos’ elimination in the African Champions League earlier this month, the win on Sunday once again served as a strong warning to the team’s rivals that the reigning champions are not looking any weaker than the previous three years.

“It’s one of those games we wanted to win. Remember what I said when we came from the DRC, the guys played well but just couldn’t score,” Pasuwa said after the match.

“We have been playing in the Champions League and in terms of conditioning we were way ahead of Highlanders.

“We need to keep working hard but I was impressed by our depth particularly the new guys. Chitiyo had a good game and still has room to improve. He (Chitiyo) is a very good player with the ball and I think if he keeps on working hard he will go far.

“Also Masimba, we told him before the match to take it easy since he was facing his former team. And he proved to be a good player. What I can say is the new guys have so far impressed me.

“We are still gelling but the good thing is that understanding is there already. We are still working with the players. And I think we are improving with each game. The win is a motivating factor ahead of the start of the new season,” added Pasuwa.

The country’s two oldest clubs’ match on Sunday was expected to set the tone for the upcoming 2014 season which is due to start at the end of the month, but DeMbare were however, quick to remind their rivals of their intention to dominate again this season.

While Pasuwa was happy with his team’s performance, Highlanders coach Kelvin Kaindu conceded defeat but vowed to be up there when the season starts.

Bosso started with four of their new signings in Valentine Ndaba, Charles Sibanda, Felix Chindungwe and Mamelodi Sundowns-bound Zimbabwe international midfielder Kuda Mahachi, but struggled to break the Dynamos defence.

“The game was an opener on areas we need to improve. I think what we want to work on is the consistency of the team and if we can carry on from where we left last year we will be happy” said Kaindu.

“Dynamos were of course better than us but I think it was in the final third where we struggled. We did not play according to plan and expectations. 

“There are new players who have come from different clubs and it will take a bit of time in terms of gelling and cohesion but so far I think it is good and we expect to be geared up when the season starts.”

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