DYNAMOS coach Kalisto Pasuwa has the most important match of his coaching career when he leads the Zimbabwe champions in their bid to save a Caf Confederation Cup campaign tottering on the brink of collapse. DeMbare will battle Interclube in the second leg of the league phase qualifier on the back of a scoreless stalemate in the first leg in Harare.
DeMbare will progress to the league phase of the second-tier continental showcase with any other draw than a nil-all stalemate.
Set a target of wins in three consecutive matches, Pasuwa has so far passed two of the matches with flying colours courtesy of victories against lowly Quelaton and Blue Rangers.
But the real test beckons when the Glamour Boys walk into Estádio 22 de Junho on Sunday seeking to break the home team’s hearts.
The two teams played a dull draw at Rufaro stadium last Sunday and this time goals will have to be scored if either side is to progress.
Pasuwa has remained tight-lipped, refusing to entertain any interviews, assigning that role to his assistant Tonderai Ndiraya who expressed confidence in getting the desired result.
With a dark cloud hovering above him, Pasuwa has preferred to concerntrate on conjuring up success.
But his ambitions have so far received a battering with news that star player Denver Mukamba will not feature for DeMbare, having clinched a deal that will take him to Wits in theSouth African Absa Premiership.
How Pasuwa would have loved the player to have one more dance which would have helped Dynamos’ attacking power.
However, Pasuwa can draw solace from the presence of promising attacker Tichaona Mabvura who has demonstrated his capability to fill the shoes of the speedy and hardworking Mukamba.
Pasuwa cannot dwell too much on defensive tactics as a clean sheet alone will not be enough for the team to progress and fend off criticism from the fans and the club’s executive.
Dynamos’ desperation was shown this week when they begged Pretoria University for goalkeeper Washington Arubi’s services for just one more match.
Pasuwa will also hope Takesure Chinyama can be the attacking menace he was when they ripped apart Blue Rangers at the weekend.
Chinyama, who has for a couple of months been linked with a move to Orlando Pirates, will lead the attack where he is likely to have Zambian Arthur Kaseloki playing just behind him.
Even with all the criticism, striker Rodreck Mutuma has shown that he can do more than play as the target man, doing a good job on the wings in some instances.
He is one player you can never be sure of; having been shunted from one attacking position to another.
With a tough fixtures’ line-up in coming weeks that includes log leaders Highlanders, an FC Platinum double-header and Caps United, Pasuwa knows all too well that he will need progress in the continental competition to vindicate himself.