DYNAMOS coach Kalisto Pasuwa has admitted there will be nowhere to hide if Dynamos fail to qualify for the Caf Champions League mini-league stage after assembling a star-studded squad.
DeMbare play Botswana’s Mochudi Centre chiefs in the first leg of their preliminary round at the National Sports stadium on Sunday hoping for a winning start.
They return to continental football after a successful off-season in which they signed six new players that include former Caps United attacker Tafadzwa Rusike, Masimba Mambare who dumped Highlanders and Ronald Chitiyo from relegated Monomotapa.
The addition of striker Simba Sithole towards the end of last season will also fortify the squad.
But, having failed in his last two bids to reach the money-spinning stage as a coach, Pasuwa has another opportunity to take the Glamour Boys to the Promised Land.It is difficult to see DeMbare keeping the triple championship winning coach if he fails again. Dynamos board secretary Chris Kasiyazi said they expect an improved performance on the continent.
“We would like to say welcome to the new players, at Dynamos we have a winning culture and now that we have the players we wanted we expect to win everything locally and do better in the Champions League,” said Kasiyazi.
While Pasuwa acknowledged the administration had done well in the recruitment of new players, he bemoaned the loss of defender Gift Bello who declined a new contract to sign for FC platinum.
“We are happy we have all these new players, some of them experienced at the top level, but hopefully they fit in the system early,” said Pasuwa. “Sometimes we bring in new players and it takes them half the season to start reproducing their old form. But I must say after the signing of so many quality players it is a challenge now to us as the technical team to make sure we do well and improve on our performances.
“Unfortunately we have lost Gift Bello who was a vital member of the team last season; we would have wanted him in the system for continuity’s sake.”
Seven of the Glamour Boys players were in the squad that played at the African Nations Championships (Chan) in South Africa.
Mambare, goalkeeper George Chigova, Tawanda Muparati and defender Partson Jaure featured regularly at Chan.While the other Dynamos players were not involved in competitive matches the Botswana side has been active in their league.
But despite that Dynamos will expect to make easy prey of the visitors.