HARARE - Dynamos assistant coach Tonderai Ndiraya says while he is happy with the progress made thus far, he expects his players to improve ahead of the 2015 season.
The Glamour Boys lost 6-5 after penalty shoot-out to bitter rivals CAPS United on Sunday, in a pre-season challenge cup which was organised by the Chinese Federation of Zimbabwe (CFZ).
The domestic season is scheduled to start on March 7, with much of the focus falling on record-breaking champions Dynamos as they seek to scale even greater heights by gunning for a fifth successive title.
DeMbare already claimed an unprecedented four straight titles under Calisto Pasuwa before he left and passed the baton to returning gaffer David Mandigora.
In their match against CAPS United, the Glamour Boys struggled for rhythm for better parts of the game but Ndiraya is hopeful that they will be a formidable side when the season proper commences.
“I think we are progressing well but we can still do more,” Ndiraya told the Daily News.
“I am sure we can play far better than what we did. At least we still have time to polish up on some certain areas and perhaps when the season starts we will be quite a good unit.
“We need to work more on our defence and midfield; if you noticed we were giving our opponents too much space to play. But I think we are doing okay.”
Dynamos used the game against CAPS United to parade some of their new signings who included Qadr Amini, Kelvin Bulaji and Godknows Murwira.
Dominic Chungwa who signed from United was also introduced as a second half substitute.
Ndiraya said his squad needed an injection of “fresh blood” and singled out Murwira, who had an impressive game in midfield before shifting to partner Augustine Mbara at the back after Sydney Linyama was shown a red card.
“So far, he (Murwira) has shown some good character in all the games we have played,” added Ndiraya.
“He has been outstanding and I hope it will not end in pre-season.
“He has acquitted himself well and what is left is for him is to play under the real pressures of competitive matches.”