Yogi guns for 2015 title

HARARE - New Dynamos coach, David “Yogi” Mandigora, has declared he will continue on a steam rolling path with the Glamour Boys despite losing key players in the off season.

The soft-spoken DeMbare coach replaced record-breaking Calisto Pasuwa and is unfazed by what seems a daunting task of continuing on a winning streak with the reigning PSL champions.

Under Pasuwa, Dynamos won four successive league championships, a feat which no other Zimbabwean coach has achieved in the PSL history.

And Mandigora is not the fans’ favourite despite having taken DeMbare to the African Champions League semis during his spell, something that Pasuwa failed to do during his trophy-laded four years with the popular Harare side.

“I think I can say the team is now in the right shape although we can still do more to improve in certain areas,” Mandigora told the Daily News after guiding Dynamos to the Bob 91 Super Cup against CAPS United on Sunday.

“I am happy with the performance and the future looks bright. We have a lot of youngsters, they are gelling, improving and there are few things that we need to do and we will be there.

“We are definitely going to compete and we will be up there. I am sure we will get better and more fluent when the season starts. But one thing that I am sure of is that we will compete for honours this season.”

“This season looks more exciting because if you look at other clubs, they are working flat out to beef-up their squads,” said Mandigora.

The domestic season is pencilled to start on March 21 with much of the focus falling on record-breaking champions Dynamos as they seek to scale even greater heights by gunning a fifth successive title.

While Mandigora is oozing with confidence, CAPS United coach Mark Harrison fears his men will still be under-cooked by the start of the season.

Harrison felt the defeat could be just what they needed to up their game saying their recent wins were covering up on their shortcomings.

“We didn’t do enough to win the game,” Harrison told reporters after the match. “We were second best the whole game. We didn’t compete hard enough.

“We didn’t win first ball. We didn’t win second ball. Yeah, they went down to 10 men but we didn’t turn up today (Sunday). We had no right to be on the field. We have to find courage and dig deep. We are nowhere where we need to be.”

CAPS were punished in the 32nd minute by Ronald Chitiyo’s moment of magic when he won possession inside the box before sending in a spectacular shot to the top corner with his left foot.

The former Monomotapa midfielder picked his spot at the far post and there was nothing Victor Twaliki could do to stop the ball from going in.

And despite playing the better part of the second half with ten men after Dynamos midfield hardman Stephen Alimenda was given a red card for a second bookable offence, CAPS could not use the extra man advantage.

The Bob Super Cup was, however, marred by chaotic scenes as fans were left stranded outside Rufaro Stadium when organisers of the tournament put on a horror show which left them with many questions to answer.

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