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Chinyama’s swansong

DYNAMOS striker Takesure Chinyama  will attempt a memorable final flourish at Rufaro stadium when the Harare giants take on Angola’s InterClube in a Caf Confederation Cup mini-league phase qualifier on Sunday.
The steely Dynamos attacker is set to leave the Zimbabwe champions to start life at South African champions Orlando Pirates.
With 11 thrilling goals in competitive games, the striker finally makes his bow at Rufaro stadium after another short but electric stint at the champions.
Chinyama has been in SA all-week finalising his move to the Buccaneers and after passing a medical test and agreeing terms, he has since promised coach Kalisto Pasuwa a farewell brace.
“He phoned and promised me that he will be available for the match and that it would be his last, and he wants to score a farewell brace for the fans,” said Pasuwa. “He told me he will be flying in this evening (yesterday), we should have him at training tomorrow (today).”
Dynamos are making last minute efforts to hold on to players for two more weeks so that he can play in the second leg, which is however unlikely at this stage.
DeMbare will need as many goals as they can get to carry a healthy lead to Angola for the return leg in a fortnight.
In the return leg Chinyama will not feature as he would have already linked up with his new teammates for pre-season training.
The Warriors striker is expected to train with the rest of the team today in preparation for the weekend’s crucial match.
“The important thing at this level is to do well at home to make the second leg easier. We have missed several players this week through injuries and trials, but the injured players are all back at training and we have to assess if they can play on Sunday. We are expecting both Chinyama and Denver (Mukamba) in for the match as well and if we can have a full complement of fit players, that would be perfect,” said Pasuwa.
He said they would have to prepare for life without Chinyama.
But before that the attacker will attempt to ensure that Dynamos get the healthy lead they require to enhance their chances to progress.
His brace at Liga Muculumana and his solitary strike in the return leg of the Caf Champions League propelled Dynamos past the Mozambican champions in the second round of the continental showpiece before they were booted out by Tunisia’s Esperance.
Fellow striker, Rodreck Mutuma, returned to training yesterday after recovering from a thigh strain.
Also available for selection is Murape Murape who had been sidelined by a muscle strain.
The tie against InterClube is important  as it gives the Harare giants a platform to mend their battered image after their 6-0 spanking at the hands of Esperance. — Staff Writer.

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