Mutasa starts DeMbare job rehearsal

HARARE - Dynamos interim coach Lloyd Mutasa is determined to turn things around at the Harare giants after a disappointing start to the current campaign which ultimately cost Portuguese coach Paulo Jorge Silva his job.

Silva was sacked by the club bosses on Thursday and Mutasa, who was Silva’s assistant, was thrust into the DeMbare deep end for the next five matches starting with tomorrow’s clash against high-riding FC Platinum.

Under Silva, the Glamour Boys collected only five points from their opening five matches.

The poor run of form has seen the record league champions sit in fifth place from the bottom and trail log-leaders and bitter rivals CAPS United by eight points.

Ironically, Mutasa, who begins his rescue mission at DeMbare against his former paymasters FC Platinum, said their biggest letdown has been their strikeforce and for the better part of yesterday’s training session; he was working on finishing with his misfiring forwards.

The Glamour Boys have only found the back of the net twice in five games when they beat Mutare City 2-1 a couple of weeks ago.

Even the signing of former poster boy forward Evans Gwekwerere has failed to provide a solution in front of goal.

“Scoring goals has been our major setback and we are doing all we can to ensure we rectify all that,” Mutasa said.

“Since morning, we have been working on our finishing and like they say what you do at training will be reflected on match day; we are just hoping it will be reflected on Sunday.”

Mutasa is confident the club’s fortunes will turn around starting with tomorrow’s tie against Norman Mapeza’s FC Platinum.

The soft-spoken coach took charge of his first training session at Hellenics Sports Club yesterday morning where Silva also paid a surprise brief visit.

“Our focus is on FC Platinum at the moment. They have been playing well lately, they haven’t lost a match and we know we have a tough assignment at hand but we have to play like Dynamos and ensure we pick maximum points,” Mutasa said.

“Football has always been a pressure game. We have to forget about the past and open a new chapter. We are going to be judged by what we will do on Sunday (tomorrow) than what probably has been happening of late.

“I know the expectations of the Dynamos family. There is always a start for everything. We have not won a match at Rufaro. Platinum have not lost a match yet but, as Dynamos, we are hoping to do our best and get the result.”

On his links with tomorrow’s opponents Mutasa said: “It’s always nice to have knowledge about your opponents and I hope it will give us an edge on Sunday.”

Mutasa, however could not be drawn into commenting about his predecessor — Silva.

“I wouldn’t want to talk about that but football being football such things happen but football has to go on and as professionals we will pick ourselves and move on,” he said.

Dynamos are sure to have a full plate against the Zvishavane side who are unbeaten in their opening five matches.

Mapeza’s side go into the tie on the back of a disappointing goal-less draw against Harare City last week, and would want to bounce back to winning ways against the Harare giants.

Fixtures

Today: How Mine v CAPS United (Luveve, SS), Harare City v Tsholotsho (Rufaro), Ngezi Platinum Stars v Highlanders (Baobab), ZPC Kariba v Mutare City (Nyamhunga)

Tomorrow: Border Strikers v Hwange (Maglas), Bulawayo City v Chapungu (Barbourfields) Dynamos v Platinum (Rufaro)

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