DYNAMOS’ 6-0 mauling at the hands of Esperance in 2012 still haunts coach Kalisto Pasuwa while the proud Dynamos supporters cringe at the memory of the embarrassing loss.
Independent Sport View by Kevin Mapasure
Supporters of eternal rivals Caps United always make it a point to remind Dynamos of the defeat. Each time Zimbabwe’s self-proclaimed glamour team ventures into the Caf Champions League safari they would want to erase memories of that calamitous campaign.
Despite triple domestic league titles, Pasuwa needs success on the continent, at least a mini league stage dalliance, to ribbon his otherwise impressive CV.
After the Esperance debacle coach Pasuwa and has always demanded significant transfer activity for the African safari.
Little has gone well for Dynamos in this competition in their two attempts under triple championship winning coach Pasuwa, with last season’s attempt a damp fire work.
Pasuwa bemoaned a lack of activity on the transfer market where Dynamos registered several players they later failed to secure due to their familiar penny pinching.
But this time, despite letting slip of Gift Bello — one of the reasons they won the league title last season — and losing Boban Bogere amid revelations they failed give him a contract, there is a sense belief and an air of confidence in their camp.
Dynamos chairman Kenni Mubaiwa labelled Bello a rebel after FC Platinum tabled a better offer than DeMbare for the pintsized centre back who reunites with Lloyd Mutasa after their previous experience at Kiglon.
But Dynamos only have themselves to blame after focusing so much on what they did not have at the expense of keeping their prized assets.
However, Dynamos deserve praise for acquiring former Caps United heart throb Tafadzwa Rusike and midfielder Walter Mukandi who could prove the biggest bargain signing if he behaves. Mukandi has been dismissed by three clubs so far because of indiscipline.
DeMbare also swooped on Masimba Mambare whose contract with Highlanders had lapsed and Ronald Chitiyo who did not waste his talents in Division One with Monomotapa.
Dynamos could have done with the signing of free agent Lincoln Zvasiya who joined Harare city, but the team they have already assembled is impressive.
There is every reason to be optimistic about DeMbare’s chances on the continent as Pasuwa can unleash what could be an awesome foursome in attack with Chitiyo, Mambare, Rusike and Simba Sithole.
While Dynamos need to make the mini league stage it will not be easy again with a pre-mini league phase clash against South Africa’s Kaizer Chiefs in the way if they make it past AS Vista of the DRC.
Kaizer Chiefs is a strong and difficult proposition but for a team with an intimidating attack, the experience and quality of Oscar Machapa, Augustine Mbara, Partson Jaure and Sydney Linyama in defence Dynamos have the muscle and kudos to compete.
Devon Chafa, who returns from a substance abuse ban, will be like a new signing.
Dynamos appear to have at last realised you cannot compete with the best in Africa by specialising in bargain buys and freebies.