Mutasa impressed

HARARE - Dynamos coach Lloyd Mutasa is pleased with his team’s progress and has warned the club’s senior players they must prove they are good enough to help the team achieve success ahead of the 2018 Castle Lager Premiership.

This comes after some flawless performances by the Glamour Boys’ youngsters in this year’s ZNA Commander Charity Shield against giants CAPS United and Highlanders.

Mutasa was forced to field a host of youngsters in the two pre-season matches after DeMbare senior players boycotted training demanding their dues from the team’s leadership which dates back to last year.

However, the youngsters, who have since earned the nickname “kidznet” did not disappoint — putting up assured performances by beating a strong CAPS United side 1-0 in the semifinals before seeing off Bosso in the final with a 2-1 victory to be crowned champions.

DeMbare have not made secret their intentions to fight for the championship and revive their dominance of the Premiership.

Last year, the Glamour Boys narrowly missed the title right on the last day of the season to eventual winners FC Platinum. 

And Mutasa reiterated that there would be no special treatment based on age when the season finally kicks off next weekend.

Mutasa said they will not hesitate to give the youngsters game time as a way of challenging the senior players to step up their game.

“I have to say I was really impressed by the youngsters’ performance in the ZNA Commander Charity Shield.

“As the technical team it gives us more options. I think for us it’s a healthy situation in as far as competition in the team is concerned,” Mutasa said.

“I think anyone who is good enough to play for a great team, can play. At the end of the day it’s the performance that matters.

“Every coach wants to win and it does not matter whether you are fielding young players or older players.

“If an old player makes me happy and helps the team win, I pick him. The same goes with a younger player, if he helps us win; I’m ready to do the same.”

Mutasa was particularly impressed by several youngsters he gave a run in the two games but singled out the contributions of attacking midfielder Kudzanai Dhemera and left back Romario Matova as exceptional.

“I think most of the players who started in the two matches against CAPS and Highlanders showed that they are ready for the big stage,” Mutasa said.

“I was most impressed by Dhemera and also Matova.

“He was a menace for the opposition each time he was in possession and Matova was solid at the back and even made some interesting runs down the line.

“I am sure if they can maintain the same levels it’s going to be an interesting season for them and the team. They need to keep on working hard going forward and improve on their game.”

The Glamour Boys will round off their preparations with an international friendly match against visiting Zambian side Buildcon Football Club at the National Sports Stadium tomorrow.

Buildcon is one of the fast growing Zambian teams and has a huge contingent of foreign players from across the continent including Zimbabwe’s Partson Jaure, midfielder Nqobizitha Masuku, Devon Chafa and goalkeeper Tatenda Mkuruva.

They recently appointed Italian coach Arena Gulgleimo to take over from Spaniard Hicham Jedrane, who led the ambitious side to a ninth place finish last season and the former has since set sights on winning the 2018 Zambian Super league.

Gulgleimo is a vastly experienced coach on the continent having spent 13 years in charge of clubs in Benin and Burkina Faso where he won several titles.

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