HARARE - Dynamos' new signing Dominic Mukandi is confident of winning trophies with the Glamour Boys after impressing in yesterday’s 2-0 win over Zambian side Kabwe Warriors in an international friendly.
Mukandi, who joined DeMbare from bitter rivals CAPS United was introduced as a second half substitute and quickly asserted himself with his calming force, directing play and controlling pace from the midfield.
While it’s still early days yet, Mukandi displayed an assured touch, impressive strength and encouraging vision as he showcased his talents both with his back on the goal and running towards it.
His overall skill-set is not one that the club currently has and as such, new coach Paulo Jorge Silva will be hoping the player fulfils his early promise once the Premiership kicks off next month.
An own goal from Kabwe Warriors defender Marcel Kalonda and a Musa Madhiri penalty ensured a win for the Glamour Boys. And it is for this reason that Mukandi believes his new team-mates have what it takes to challenge for honours.
“I am happy to be back home. Remember I played for Dynamos juniors and it was a homecoming show for me,” Mukandi said after the match.
“I am sure with this team it is possible to win titles. We have a good defence, we have good defensive players, and we have quality players who can make the difference. I think this team has a lot of possibilities and qualities.”
The Harare giants were using their match against Kabwe Warriors as part of preparations for the impending 2016 Premiership season.
DeMbare, who have a new technical team led by Portuguese Silva, introduced a number of new faces in yesterday’s match.
New boy Liberty Chakoroma, entered the fray in the first half and put up a decent show while another new acquisition Valentine Ndaba put up a lukewarm performance that culminated with him creating a number of scoring opportunities.
Ndaba, who joined DeMbare from Bulawayo giants Highlanders made some perfectly timed breaking runs forward and hopes are high that his arrival will see more meaningful offensive contribution from that area of the pitch.
Some of the players who were also given a run include goalkeeper Ashley Reyners who started ahead of Tatenda Mukuruva as well as in-field player Brett Amidu. The second half saw a number of youngsters being given a run which resulted in Madhiri scoring from the spot.
Dynamos started the game slowly failing to play any meaningful football allowing Kabwe Warriors to throw everything at them. But once they settled, they went on to create a number of scoring opportunities only to be let down by the blunt striking pair of Richard Kawondera and Amidu who took turns to miss.
The Zambians also had their goalkeeper Monga Ndale to thank after he produced a number of brilliant saves. Masimba Mambare and Walter Mukanga came close to getting their names on the score-sheet but they were denied by the keeper.
DeMbare got their breakthrough in the 52nd minute when Kalonda beat his own keeper under pressure to clear a Carlos Rusere cross. The Harare giants then got their second from Madhiri after converting from the spot following a hand ball by Kabwe Warriors defender Perry Mubanga.
Meanwhile, CAPS United will give their supporters a glimpse of what to expect in the new season when they square off with Zambian side Kabwe Warriors tomorrow at the National Sports Stadium.
Kabwe Warriors are also preparing for their new Zambian soccer season.
CAPS, who finished fifth on the final Castle Premiership standings last season, have been quietly going about their business behind the scenes to bolster their squad ahead of the new season.
The Green Machine have signed a number of new players who include ex-ZPC Kariba defender Dennis Dauda, Allen Gahadzikwa formerly with FC Platinum, returning trio of Ronald Pfumbidzayi, Method Mwanjali and goalkeeper Edmore Sibanda.
Former Dynamos midfielder Devon Chafa has also signed for the Green Machine while former players Tafadzwa Rusike and defender Gilbert Mapemba are close to sealing deals with Makepekepe.