THERE are not too many feel good football stories from the international scene for Zimbabwe at the moment and those who thought or hoped Dynamos would provide one in the Caf Champions League were left disappointment after the Harare giants faltered yet again.
Independent Sports View with Kevin Mapasure
It was always going to be mission impossible after a transfer season where they had to settle for plan B or C, or worse, thanks to a tight-fisted administration that does not believe in big investments to get big rewards.
Dynamos successfully reconstructed a squad that can defend the Castle lager Premier League title but dismally failed to in assembly one for continental glory.
After losing key players including Denver Mukamba, Simba Sithole, Takesure Chinyama and Roderick Mutuma to the riches of the Absa premiership, coach Kalisto Pasuwa drew up a shopping list that included FC Platinum’s Donald Ngoma, Tawanda Nyamandwe, and Aaron Katebe to mention only the crucial misses.
Nyamandwe has already scored two goals for Caps and is proving what we already knew; that he is a good player while the only striker Dynamos captured for the continent, Francesco Zikumbawire, is yet to score.
Katebe would have made all the difference at the back where Dynamos fell to three set-pieces in Tunis.
DeMbare winced over just about every price tag and duly paid the price when they went into such a tough competition with just one striker. When they needed an away goal in Tunis against CA Bizertin they failed to get one, and when they required four against the same team at home they managed just one.
After Zikumbawire was ruled out of the second leg Pasuwa needed other strikers to fill in but had none on his list, and had to task midfielders with the scoring — a mission they failed to accomplish.
Boban Ziruntusa and Farai Mupasiri can provide so much but they cannot be relied on at the tip of a diamond.
According to chairman Keni Mubaiwa Dynamos will take a break as they try to plug the outflow of talent hampering consistency and continuity. But this is a task we all know Dynamos will find as hard to achieve as overturning a 3-0 deficit against Tunisian opposition.
The same Dynamos who failed to pay free agent Nyamandwe signing on fees after the striker had availed himself, and struggled to pay a loan fee of $15 000 for Zikumbawire are hoping to compete with South African clubs who pay life changing amounts to lure regional talent!
It is just not feasible at the moment that any local company could so finance an individual team as to compete with South African clubs.
What Dynamos need to do is to spend to replace players they lose and ensure they enter the competition with a strong squad, which is not the case now.
After the defeat to Esperance last year, Pasuwa noted his team lacked rudimentary requirements and he needed to add height and steel at the back and in attack, but not much was done the results are there for all to see.
Dynamos also compound the problem by preferring to use borrowed players instead of tying down players to contracts so that when the rand lure comes at least they can cash in so that they can replenish their squad.
They did not benefit from the sale of Denver Mukamba because he was on loan; had they cashed in they would have had little trouble paying for Katebe and Nyamandwe.The window of making money in a football career is limited and should be put to good use. Would anybody blame Patson Jaure who has served the club so diligently in the last two years if he was to demand a move to South Africa?
You cannot be miserly and still expect glory on the continent.