Dynamos, playing at home and riding on a two-all draw with Mozambican champions Liga Desportivo Muculumana de Maputo last month, look the more plausible candidates.
Whilst there is still a good chance for FC Platinum to go through ahead of Sudan’s El Mereikh, theirs is a tougher task having been held to two-all draw at home in the first leg.
On the other hand Hwange also managed a share of the spoils, in the one-all stalemate against Sudan’s Al Amal and have to force their passage through to the next round where they need a two-all draw in order to advance.
At Rufaro stadium on Sunday, Dynamos who will be playing their first home match on the continental front are expected to hog the limelight on a day that has been freed of any Premier League football in the capital.
While Dynamos’ task looks easier, the challenge from a tactically astute Mozambican side which gave Calisto Pasuwa’s charges a good run in the first leg, is real.
Dynamos expected an aggressive game, but not quite in the manner the Mozambicans monopolised possession and bombarded them..
Pasuwa has promised to go on an offensive and is aiming for nothing short of a win.
“They are a good side, they have skillful players and they like to keep the ball,” said Pasuwa. “They attacked us a lot in the first match and we managed to contain most of their raids. But in this match we are playing at home and we just cannot play in any other way except to attack and aim for a win. We know how good they are and the important thing is for us to play our game,” he added.
Takesure Chinyama stole the thunder in the first leg with a brace before his hat trick at the weekend in a Castle Lager Premier League match against Hardbody – feats which will get him under scrutiny in this important tie.
Midfielder Denver Mukamba usually reserves his best for Rufaro stadium. He has not been in form of late, with veteran Murape Murape also experiencing a dip, but this is an opportunity for the two to rediscover their strut and help propel DeMbare.
Dynamos defence had an improved show at the weekend ,keeping a clean sheet . Pasuwa is starting to get what he wants from the central pairing of Patson Jaure and captain George Magariro.
Their task is not easy against the skills and menace of Muculumana striker Stelio Enesio who gave the Dynamos defense a torrid time in Maputo.
Midfielder Luiz Vaz is another one to watch, while Arlindo Cumaio showed he also deserves attention going into the Sunday showdown.
For Muculumana’s coach Artur Semedo, Dynamos’s were lucky to have scored two goals in Maputo and is confident his team can still progress. With the way Muculumana dominated the first leg, their confidence may not be misplaced.— Staff Writer.