We lack striking depth, says Pasuwa

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Dynamos coach Kalisto Pasuwa is still worried about his strike force in the Caf Champions League despite finally winning the protracted struggle to sign Francesco Zikumbawire from Hwange.

Report by Kevin Mapasure

Pasuwa told reporters the problem he faces at a press conference yesterday ahead of his team’s departure for Lesotho this morning.

Dynamos hope to finish off their Caf Champions League preliminary round opponents Lesotho Correctional Services whom they walloped 3-0 in the first leg two weeks ago.

DeMbare had to reassign midfielders to play in attack in that match after failing to secure a recognised striker in time, but still managed to pull off an impressive result with goals from midfielder Tawanda Muparati, defender Patson Jaure and Boban Zirintusa.

They have since made an expensive borrowing, in a deal they just had to do, after paying US$15 000 for Zikumbawire’s loan service which has boosted their attack.

“In the Champions League we still lack depth in the strike force but for the local league we have enough in that area,” said Pasuwa.

“But the job of scoring is not for strikers only; we need to have midfielders getting into scoring positions and helping out. So far it has been okay. We have had midfielders getting onto the scoresheet and we are hoping for more of that in Lesotho.”

Pasuwa warned his players against complacency adding their opponents will be fired up to overturn the first leg result.

“I have been telling my players that what we did to the Lesotho team they can also do to us.

“We scored three goals in our home ground and they can also score three goals in theirs. If you look at Highlanders, not many people would have predicted that result but we beat them 4-0. We have to be very careful out there; we are first going to gauge what they have to offer then attack them.”

DeMbare are banking on Zikumbawire for the all-important away goal which will give them the insurance they need.

While Dynamos are firmly focused on the task at hand, Pasuwa is already thinking about their opponents in the next round where they face Al-Ittihad of Libya or CA Birzetin of Tunisia.

The two played out a 1-1 draw in Tunisia in the first leg.

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