21 January 2018
'Zimbabweans mentally ill after Bob horror'
Chamisa, Speaker row over G40 MP purges
ZRP reverses decision to fire top cops
Bennett: Clues sought in chopper crash
EU, UN should observe elections: Pres
ANC agrees to force Pres Zuma out
Africa 'shithole' now tourism trump card
Tsvangirai golden handshake confirmed
Buyanga responds to investment call
ZTA targets domestic tourism
Delight as ZBC 'Iron Lady' suspended
Sulu arrested over $4,000 child support
Cricket: ICC clears Zimbabwe's Vitori
Zidane fuels Neymar to Real talk
Elections: Not a moment to be lost
A view beyond the Zimbabwe coup
Mnangagwa off to Davos empty handed
Economy: the need for a paradigm shift
Murape pins hopes on Dynamos attack
05/04/2013 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
Hopeful ... Murape Murape
Esperance 6-0 Dynamos
Dynamos suffer Makopa blow
Dynamos win to set up Esperance clash
FC Platinum out of Champions League
Mountain to climb for FC Platinum
Dynamos force crucial draw in Maputo
Sibanda, Katsvairo injury doubts for Platinum
FC Platinum to face Sudan's Al-Merreikh
BancABC come to Dynamos' rescue
Dynamos opt for Champions League

DYNAMOS captain Murape Murape insists Dynamos can score the four goals they need to stay in the Champions League when they host Tunisian champions CA Birzetin at Rufaro on Sunday.

The Tunisians, who arrived on Friday evening, lead 3-0 from the first leg of their first round match.

Murape, a veteran of past heroic battles for the champions, admits an away goal for the Tunisians could kill any hopes of a comeback even as he promised a Dynamos fightback.

“It will be a difficult game. We play for the biggest club in the country and we know what is expected of us,” Murape said on Friday.

“We know we can get the four goals that we want on Sunday, but we just want the fans to back us and support us all the way even if things are not going as well.”

Coach Callisto Pasuwa will only make a decision on the final 11 on Saturday as key players Francesco Zekumbawira and Stephen Alimenda are struggling with injuries.

“Zekumbawira did not train today and Alimenda will have to pass a late fitness test to make it for Sunday’s game,” said Pasuwa at his pre-match press conference on Friday.

Farai Mupasiri and Ugandan international Boban Ziruntusa are the only other strikers of note in the Dynamos line-up, but the coach needs more firepower.

Pasuwa watched his men weather the Birzetin offensive in the opening 45 minutes of the first leg only to collapse after the break with three goals that all came from set-pieces.

“We have been looking at our shortcomings so that we get the much needed result,” Pasuwa said. “We did well in the first half and collapsed in the second.”

In the last three outings against North African opposition, Dynamos have always come second best. In 2011, they beat MC Alger of Algeria 4-1 at Rufaro, but crumbled 3-0 away to bow out.

Last season, they drew 1-1 with eventual African champions Esperance of Tunisia but were humiliated 6-0 in the return leg.

A wake up call should have been evident for Dynamos in the preliminary round when they lost 1-0 to Lesotho Correctional Services in Maseru.

Two draws in the opening Premier Soccer League calendar against Black Mambas and Chicken Inn have not been helpful either.
In Pasuwa’s defence, he might be able to say: "Statistics [in sport] are like bikinis – they show a lot but not everything."
CAF Champions League
Dynamos v Bizertin (1500)
Castle Lager Premier Soccer League

Chicken Inn v Tripple B (Luveve Stadium, 1500, LIVE on SS9), Black Mambas v FC Platinum (Morris Depot, 1500), Black Rhinos v Caps United (Gwanzura), Motor Action v Harare City (Motor Action Sports Club, 1500), Triangle v Highlanders (Gibbo Stadium, 1500)



How Mine v Monomotapa (Luveve Stadium, 1500 LIVE on SS9), Buffaloes v Hwange (Sakubva Stadium, 1500)

Email this to a friend Printable Version Discuss This Story
Share this article:

Digg it






Face Book



comments powered by Disqus
RSS NewsTicker