Pasuwa tactics under spotlight

HARARE - Following their recent slender wins in the Castle Premiership League, Dynamos coach Calisto Pasuwa’s tactical acumen will be under tough scrutiny when the defending champions face Hwange this afternoon.

DeMbare travel to the Colliery after three consecutive 1-0 wins over FC Platinum, Chiredzi FC and Triangle.

Despite their lack of consistency this season, the defending champions find themselves just one point off log leaders Highlanders before this weekend’s matches.

One thing that has been evident in DeMbare’s matches this season is their lack of fire power upfront where strikers Patrick Khumbula, Washington Pakamisa, Anesu Gondo, Simba Sithole and Farai Mupasiri have struggled for goals.

Although the Harare giants are traditionally slow starters, Pasuwa, who led Dynamos to a record three league titles on the trot, has come under spotlight due to his team’s lethargic performances.

In last weekend’s win over Triangle, the Glamour Boys were booed by their own fans during some spells of the match.

“We have won and its okay with us, we will see at the end of the season which team will lift the championship.

“There is no problem with our performance. The fact that we are winning is okay with us,” Pasuwa said after the win over Triangle in defence of tactical approach to the game.

What made the fans incensed is the fact that after Tichaona Mabvura had the Glamour Boys the lead after 28 minutes, DeMbare seemed to switch off ad rarely threatened the Triangle goal.

Dynamos had most of the possession but lacked any conviction in the final third as they failed to kill off the match as a contest.

This afternoon, Pasuwa’s men do not afford to put in a half-hearted performance against the high-flying coalminers.

Hwange have started the season on a positive note and have only lost one in 10 matches, a run which has seen them go into this match in second place on the log tied on 19 points with DeMbare.

In the five matches they have played at the Colliery this season, Hwange have picked up 13 points from a possible 15.

The only time they dropped points at home was in April when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Triangle.

This makes the Colliery a fortress for most visiting teams and the coalminers will fancy their chances against the defending champions, who have already shown a chink in their armour this season.

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