Eddie Chikamhi Sports Reporter
Dynamos assistant coach Lloyd Mutasa says they are looking forward to some exciting competition for places in their team this season and no player will be guaranteed a starting place unless he proves himself.
The Harare giants have made their intentions clear this season and are preparing to challenge for the league title which they lost to Chicken Inn last year.
They have made seven additions to their squad by bringing in Dominic Mukandi from rivals CAPS United, Valentine Ndaba, Jimmy Dzingai, Liberty Chakoroma, Tichaona Chipunza, Archieford Gutu and goalkeeper Ashley Reyners.
After watching the team romp to a 2-0 win over visiting Kabwe Warriors at Rufaro on Sunday, Mutasa said the Glamour Boys want every player to fight for a place in the team.
He said they would not hesitate to give some of the young players a run in the team.
DeMbare used 21 players in the game against Kabwe Warriors on Sunday with youngsters like Kudzanayi Nyakasaka, Peace Makaha and 17-year-old Musa Madhiri, who scored one of the goals from the penalty spot, getting a run.
“When you play a game of this magnitude and come out tops with a number of youngsters playing their first match and doing well, I think it’s a wake-up call to everybody that you need to fight for your place in the team.
“If you look at the Dynamos of old, the likes of Simon Chuma and Memory Mucherahohwa, to mention but just a few, it was like this same process and with time I am sure you will be seeing a lot of youngsters (playing for Dynamos),” said Mutasa.
Dynamos are looking to start afresh this season under the tutelage of Portuguese coach Paulo Jorge Silva.
“He is the kind of a person who demands more from the youngsters and he is the type of a guy that I am sure the youngsters are coping with the situation.
“They know the kind of person they are working with and if we give him the support that he deserves, I am sure we will scale great heights.
“But I think the boys did well, playing an international match and coming out tops is something every new coach would aim for.
“In the first 45 minutes, if you looked at the performances of the likes of Stephen (Alimenda), we had control of the midfield.
“We also had some attempts at goal and I would like to believe their (Kabwe Warriors) goalkeeper did well especially in the first half.
“We had a number of attempts from the likes of Masimba (Mambare) and Godknows (Murwira) and at the end of the day we came out winners. I think it’s a good start for us as a team.
“However, there is still lots of work to do. We still have a number of friendlies to play and as we progress I think everything will be in place,” said Mutasa.
DeMbare will play another pre-season friendly this weekend against Mutoko Traders.
They will then embark on a tour of Malawi at the end of the month where they have a date against Big Bullets and then proceed to Tanzania to play Young Africans.