We need to exorcise NSS ghost – Pasuwa

HARARE - Dynamos coach Calisto Pasuwa says his team needs to improve on their home form at the National Sports Stadium (NSS) where they have failed to win in their last two matches.

The Harare giants first lost 1-0 to ZPC Kariba in a league match before a 3-0 penalty shootout loss to FC Platinum in the Independence Trophy final.

The defeats have sparked talk among the DeMbare fans that the venue is jinxed following their move from their traditional home ground, Rufaro Stadium.

At the weekend, Dynamos picked up their second league win when they beat Bantu Rovers 3-1 away at Barbourfields Stadium on Easter Monday.

The Glamour Boys’ first win of the season had come at the same venue where they beat How Mine 1-0 courtesy of a late own goal by defender Brighton Dube.

Pasuwa believes that the Glamour Boys now need to get rid of the mentality that cannot win at the NSS.

“We need to start winning games at home. This stadium is our new home and we need to psyche up the players and ourselves as well so that we adjust to the new home,” Pasuwa told the Daily News.

“We are Dynamos and we should be winning at home because at Dynamos there is a win, win mentality which is expected in every game.”

Pasuwa said the win against Bantu Rovers comes as a morale booster ahead of the next match against winless Harare City.

“The good thing is that this win (against Bantu) gives us the much needed confidence going into our next match,” he said.

“I think the confidence of the players is now high, it would be easier to start winning at home. It’s also good that we have started scoring and it boosts our confidence.”

Dynamos came from behind to beat a determined Rovers side, who had taken an early lead through captain Nqobizitha Masuku.

The defending champions were slow out of their blocks as they played second fiddle to the youthful Rovers side.

DeMbare were failing to contain Bantu midfielder Tafadzwa Kitinyu, the son to former Highlanders and Black Rhinos star Lewis, as he bossed the midfield ahead of Stephen Alimenda and Devon Chafa.

The Glamour Boys only got back into the game in the second half after Rovers’ goalkeeper Brighton Chipula conceded a needless corner kick in the 60th minute.

Chipula was made to pay for his mistake after defender Sydney Linyama headed home the leveller for DeMbare from the resultant corner kick.

The goal lifted the spirit of the Dynamos players as they seized the momentum to go and score two more goals through substitute Cliff Sekete and Chafa.

Comments (1)

you will win pasuwa. these are the matches you should not worry about. its when all things are going well for us and that the worst will happen. my advise to dynmo family is to be cool headed this year.

s - 24 April 2014

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