DeMbare’s Tanzania trip called off

Eddie Chikamhi Sports Reporter
DYNAMOS will now focus on their showdown against Highlanders in the Bob92 Super Cup without having to worry about the demanding trip to Tanzania for a pre-season tournament after they cancelled plans for the proposed tour.

DeMbare secretary-general Webster Chikengezha confirmed yesterday that they had shelved the tour of Tanzania.

“We had wanted to give our boys the opportunity to train for the pre-season but I can confirm the trip is off because the guys who had invited us did not come back to us on time when we made the follow-up.

“We needed to be prepared adequately for the trip. So with the lack of communication from that side it’s no longer possible,” said Chikengezha.

DeMbare returned from another trip to Malawi early this week and are now preparing for the Bob92 Super Cup against Highlanders.

Chikengezha also confirmed that Nigerian attacking midfielder Dury Mercy started training with the team yesterday while arrangements were still being done to process the visa application for the striker expected from the West African country.

The players were recommended by Nigerian legend Austin Okocha.

Their coach Paulo Jorge Silva continued with the preparations despite the uncertainty of his future at the club.

A meeting was supposed to be held yesterday to discuss the fermenting relations with players and his backroom staff.

Reports also suggest that DeMbare have been looking for a coach in South Africa.

Dynamos have played friendly games week in-week out since the beginning of last month and Silva should be happy with the cancellation of the Tanzania tour as he had hinted his players needed time to recover.

The Portuguese mentor said he is focusing on the trip to Bulawayo as he understands the intensity of the clashes between the country’s biggest teams and is hoping for positive outing.

Both DeMbare and Highlanders have new foreign coaches and Silva admitted he has little knowledge of the strength of his opponents this season.

This will be the first meeting for the giants to test their powers in the pre-season.

Bosso are coming from a successful weekend after beating champions Chicken Inn in the ZNA Charities quarter-finals.

“I know something about the games between Dynamos and Highlanders but I don’t have too much information of this team.

“Chicken Inn, yes, I have seen them play but not Highlanders.

“What I know is that they also have a coach from outside who will also be looking to do well in his new job but Dynamos is a winning team,” said Silva.

The Portuguese mentor is still worried about his boys as he feels they have played too many games during the pre-season.

“I am not sure about how the games have been arranged but we need to play on Sunday and win. The problem, like I told you last week, is we had played so many games and were preparing for Tanzania.

“We had also played ZPC Kariba on Sunday and the boys obviously were not fresh and then we were told we are coming to Malawi.

“I fear for my boys, they need rest in between these games so that they don’t get strained. But at Dynamos we always play to win,” said Silva.

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