Dynamos last week fielded their reserve team side in their 2-1 defeat to city rivals Motor Action whom they had earlier beaten in the Net-One Charity Shield final.
Zanu PF bigwigs were particularly incensed that the Glamour Boys, who were unbeaten in competitive games prior to the Uhuru semis, lost in the tournament which is part of the annual Independence celebrations.
Last year the Glamour Boys made it to the final and lost on penalties to Bulawayo giants Highlanders. Dynamos is the most popular club in Zimbabwe which attracts the biggest stadium crowds.
Members of the technical team declined to discuss the issue but IndependentSport is reliably informed that Dynamos coaches were confronted by Zanu PF youths who demanded to know why the team suddenly lost form in the Independence trophy, having been in fine form in all other tournaments.
“The youths wanted to know why the coaches fielded a second-string side and why they lost form only in the Independence trophy,” said a source. “They said their superiors wanted to know what the coaches were trying to achieve and they accused them of sabotage. They were on the coaches’ case all week and really showed they were not happy.”
The technical team was advised by some of the friendlier elements among the youths to make sure they fielded their strongest side in the third and fourth play-off against Hwange, which they did.
The team, which is led by head coach Calisto Pasuwa obliged and fielded a strong team in the match which was played at White City stadium on Wednesday.
The match had little financial significance for DeMbare, who walked away with just US$4 000 for taking part in the two matches.
Despite challenging matches coming up in the league and the Caf Champions League, Pasuwa recalled the likes of in-form attacker Takesure Chinyama, defenders Ocean Mushure and David Kutyauripo, among others, to the starting line-up.
With their participation in the Caf Champions League, Dynamos have games coming thick and fast and Pasuwa’s move to field a second-string side in the first leg must have been inspired by the need to rest players for the Premiership and the continental tournament.
Dynamos returned to Harare yesterday to prepare for their league match against Black Mambas before flying to Tunisia on Tuesday for their Champions League second round first leg clash with Esperance.
DeMbare will be looking to get back to winning ways in the local league after a defeat to Monomotapa in a campaign which had started perfectly.
Weekend fixtures — Tomorrow:
CAPS United v Harare City, National Sports Stadium,
FC Platinum v Shabanie, Mandava Stadium,
Monomotapa v Gunners, Rufaro and
Blue Rangers v Chicken Inn, Gwanzura all at 3pm.
Dynamos v Black Mambas, Rufaro,
Hardbody v Hwange, Ascot,
Buffaloes v Highlanders, Sakubva,
Quelaton v Motor Action, Luveve all at 3pm.