|We'll make it mission possible|
|Wednesday, 09 May 2012 00:00|
Grace Chingoma Sports Reporter
their fans have given up hope, still shocked by the 0-6 thrashing their team received in Tunis almost two weeks ago, and when coach Callisto Pasuwa suggested, shortly after the match, that they could overturn the shortfall, he was lampooned on the social media sites.
Seasoned observers forgave Pasuwa, saying his comments came in the heat of the moment, as he struggled to adjust to his team’s worst defeat in three decades of participation in the continent’s flagship inter-club tournament.
Surprisingly, while the dust has settled, the key Dynamos players are still singing from the same hymn book as their coach.
Yesterday, they began the final leg of their preparations for that showdown against the African champions at Rufaro but if you were looking for a battered battalion that will remain in its shell, preaching the gospel of damage limitations in the return leg, then you were at the wrong place.
It’s a measure of the degree of their belief in their capacity to occasionally rise to the occasion, and the determination to exert revenge on a football franchise that spoiled their proud record, that the Glamour Boys till believe it could all be Mission Possible.
Murape said their main goal was to win the game, to redeem their pride, but it wasn’t all lost for them that they still had a chance to wipe out the deficit.
Their fans are not used to seeing Dynamos play in the Europa League of Africa after being spoiled by a dosage of Champions League football, in which their team has always performed well.
For a team that was once ranked as high as number six on the continent, and which keeps getting a bye from the preliminary rounds, DeMbare have to justify their lofty status.
Dynamos skipper, George Magariro, said the players have recovered from the drubbing and have their confidence back following their back-to-back league victories.
Chinyama did not train due to family bereavement and only turned up when his teammates were about to finish the session.
“We regrouped after the defeat and we now have our confidence back after winning in Mutare and on Sunday and our fans now have the confidence in us again and we are all motivated.
If there is one thing that is in Dynamos’ favour, then it is the fact that they will go into the game on Sunday without being burdened by pressure from their fans.
Only the heroics of ’keeper Obiodun Baruwa prevented that Class of Glamour Boys from not only erasing the deficit but even inflicting a huge defeat capable of taking them into the next round.
DeMbare goalkeeper Washington Arubi, who should have kept out two of the goals at the Rades by his high standards, said there was no need not to dream big.
“I have to work on how to deal with crosses because the Tunisians are tall and very dangerous at set pieces and we will be working on crosses.
The Warriors goalkeeper said that he has put behind him the Tunisia debacle and wants to keep a clean sheet on Sunday.
Pasuwa has already told his charges that they have to be disciplined, and maintain concentration throughout the game.