Augustine Hwata Sports Reporter
ZIMBABWE soccer kings Dynamos are all but out of the Champions League following their humiliation by a huge thumping by holders Esperance of Tunisia but they will get chance to redeem their pride when they contest in the second tier Confederation
Dynamos suffered a 6-0 defeat to the Tunisian giants and will have to move mountains to score seven goals without reply in the reverse fixture at Rufaro.
The Harare giants were the worst losers from the Champions League second round, first leg matches played across the continent at the weekend.
AF Amadou Diallo of Cote d’ Ivoire also suffered a heavy defeat as they lost 4-1 to another Tunisian side Etoile du Sahel.
In reality, Dynamos have bowed out of the Champions League and their return match will just be a formality but the Harare giants can still go and restore their battered image in the Confederation Cup.
According to the Confederation of African Football’s rules and regulations for the inter-club competitions, teams that are knocked out in the second round of the Champions League get a reprieve by playing the winners of the same stage in the Confederation Cup.
The teams that win the second round of the Champions League advance to the group stage while the losers drop to the Confederation Cup where they must, however play another round in order to enter that tournament’s mini-league stage.
Dynamos will, however be seeded in the Confederation cup which means they play the second leg of the play-offs at home. The first round for the play offs will be staged on June 29-July 1 while the return legs will be on the weekend of July 13-15 and the draw for the group stages will be held thereafter.
Dynamos will, however, not be newcomers to the Confederation Cup as they took part in the competition in 2004.
DeMbare, with Luke Masomere as coach then, beat Mauritian side Savvane Sporting in the preliminary round and then failed to go past King Faisal Blades of Ghana in the first round.
By taking part in the Caf Confederation Cup this year, Dynamos will become the third Zimbabwean team to make an attempt after Motor Action and Hwange.
The Mighty Bulls lost to South African side Black Leopards in the preliminary round while Hwange were knocked out in the first round by Al Amal Atbara of Sudan.
The Gamour Boys will also be the first team from this country to compete in the Confederation Cup via the Champions League.
But it seems Dynamos will not have a stroll in the park Dynamos in the Confederation Cup where a number of tricky opponents will be awaiting them.
Former African Champions Asec Mimosa are still in the running after being held to a 1-1 draw at home by CO Meknes of Morocco.