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Tough challenge for Pasuwa

Kevin Mapasure  

DYNAMOS’ manner in defeat against new-boys Harare City on Wednesday got temperatures to boiling point rendering Sunday’s Castle lager Premier League collision with Gunners at Lafarge much more important for coach Kalisto Pasuwa who was vilified after their latest set-back.DeMbare fans took to the Caps United way of doing things threatening to attack Pasuwa after the match accusing him of failing with tactics which were responsible for the defeat.
With Highlanders speeding away at the top with 23 points Shabanie, FC Platinum and Caps United in hot pursuit in the race for the most coveted price, Dynamos fans were left frustrated after watching their team squander one of their three games in hand against a team of lesser ambitions.
That match showed what damage one match can bring but the match on Sunday could prove to be the turning point for the now under pressure Dynamos technical department.
Pasuwa himself was not amused in the manner Dynamos conceded the late solitary strike where four defenders watched the ball move from the right and converted by Quinton Masika at a sense of stalemate was settling in.
A draw would have been a disappointment considering that Bosso is already nine points better than DeMbare, but a defeat proved hard to take for the expectant fans.
“I don’t understand how we conceded that goal we had four defenders watching and doing nothing about it,” said Pasuwa. “We have some players out there who seem to have lost concentration,” he said about Denver Mukamba’s red card.
With the July transfer window on the horizon, Pasuwa will now exert pressure on his players to shape up, as much as he will be subjected to pressure to get the team back to winning ways.
But a clash with Gunners at Lafarge stadium, Dynamos face a sterner test but one that can be passed with flying colours if chief marksman Takesure Chinyama finds form.
Chinyama was benched on Wednesday recovering from yet another injury set-backs but rose to instill conviction getting close to scoring but only managing to hit the cross bar.
With Mukamba missing through suspension someone else will have to step up and fill in the speedy attacker’s shoes.
Zambian Derrick Kabwe, at US$15 000 is looking with each match like money well squandered considering too his high salary and benefits.
The striker has shown little signs that he can be the sort of player that Dynamos require at this stage.
If Dynamos were to visit the transfer market as they are expected to and as they really should, one player they can invest money on is Gunners Cliff Sekete.
Dynamos’ championship winning coach Pasuwa is an admirer of the midfielder and on Sunday Pasuwa should have a plan to contain the talented player.
Gunners have the same points as Dynamos and they will look at this as an opportunity to go above Dynamos and move closer to the leaders.
With cracks emerging in the Dynamos family rivals Caps United have enjoyed some success picking up 12 points from their last four matches which have united their own camp.
They will be looking to continue from where they left off before last week’s break and take full marks that would strengthen their clamour for the title.
Rahman Kutsanzira is the form player and this Sunday he will be looking to put up another first class performance to condemn Mutare’s buffaloes.
Before that Highlanders would have visited Harare to face motor Action at Motor Action Sports Club.
Bosso face another stern test having passed the Shabanie and Hwange tests not so long ago but having been held by Chicken Inn to allow other teams to cover some ground.
A draw would be a good result but it would then present pursuers with a chance to further reduce the margin.
Saturday: Chicken Inn v Hwange Luveve, Motor Action v Highlanders (Rufaro) and Harare city v Black Mambas (Gwanzura).
Sunday: Caps United v Buffaloes NSS, Gunners v Dynamos Lafarge, Quelaton v Hardbody (Luveve), Shabanie v Monomotapa (Maglas), Blue Rangers v FC Platinum (Gwanzura)

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