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Esperance tie: Uphill task for Dynamos

DeMbare’s in-form front trio of Takesure Chinyama, Rodrick Mutuma and Denver Mukamba will have to be at their very best as well as the defence. The anchormen will likely have their hands full even if Esperance’s sterling playmaker, Youssef Msakni, will be absent due to suspension. 

Msakni, who has earned the monicker “Messi of Tunisia” from adoring fans, terrorised Glamour Boys defenders in the first leg.
The 21-year-old Msakni scored two goals and also created two in the 6-0 rout.

When the Harare giants were given a footballing lesson at Rades stadium in Tunis two weeks ago, they blamed their shambolic  performance on  the alleged incompetence or bias of referee Keita Yahouba. However, statistics point to a subdued performance by Dynamos with no shots on or off target.
This time there will be no room for excuses as the team’s performance will be subjected to scrutiny.

Esperance will aim to keep as much of the ball as possible with a two-man up-front formation, a strategy they are likely to employ to keep goal-hungry DeMbare at bay.

Esperance coach Michel Decastel is unlikely to succumb to the temptation to play a defensive formation despite the healthy lead they have. This would mean Dynamos’ minuscule chances of progressing could be extinguished by a single goal by the visitors.

Meanwhile gaffer Callisto Pasuwa remains defiant arguing that there is still a way because the will is there.

Dynamos’ slim hope rests on quick goals that can rouse the supporters and crank up the decibels among the Zora Butter crew in the stands to believe the nearly impossible.

That will not be easy. Seasoned Esperance players do possess the experience and mettle to withstand the heat.

They have potent attackers and an equally solid defense. The central defense duo of Walid Ichri and Mali’s Idrisa Colibali showed they were not easy to unhinge when they shut out the much-vaunted Chinyama who had no sniff of the goal area in the first leg.

A six goal lead will be a huge gap to recover from even for a team that boasts of an attack of the likes of Chinyama, Mukamba and Mutuma. –– Staff Writer.

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