Eddie Chikamhi Sports Reporter
DYNAMOS coach Callisto Pasuwa is disappointed with unrepentant bad boy Sydney Linyama who has gone AWOL again after missing training this week. Linyama was last seen at the training ground last Thursday when the team was preparing to play Triangle in the final of the NetOne OneWallet Cup final at the National Sports Stadium. This is not the first time the former Chicken Inn man has played truant and Pasuwa yesterday made it clear that he was not amused by the player’s behaviour.
Last year, while awaiting his clearance from Chicken Inn, Linyama disappeared from DeMbare as they were getting ready for the first round of the Champions League match against CA Bizertin of Tunisia.
The lanky player was again nowhere to be found before the Harare Derby against CAPS United in May of 2013 as he skipped training without giving an excuse,” said Pasuwa.
“Sydney has gone AWOL again. I think this youngster is a problem. Really, I don’t know what it is with him. When I went to Egypt (last week) he didn’t come for training sessions and was engaged by the coaches.
“He was asked to come the next day but he didn’t pitch up until now. He has not communicated the reason why he is not coming for training.
“We had thought that, with his coming back (from injury), we had cover in defence but again his problems are numerous.
“Last time he did the same and we heard from one of the board members that sometimes when we are made to believe these guys are injured they will actually not be telling the truth and are seen playing money games.
“To my surprise I heard from close people that he was indeed playing in those games.
“You never know if he is really serious with football. Having been called to the national team recently he should show that he is a professional player but until now he has not changed his attitude.”
Linyama was not available for comment yesterday as DeMbare continued with preparations for their match against Moses Chunga’s Buffaloes.
Goalkeeper Artwell Mukandi, who missed last Sunday’s NetOne OneWallet Cup, is still to resume training as he was advised to take a rest by the medical team to recover from a hip injury he suffered at Rufaro about two weeks ago.
While most of the players like Ocean Mushure and Masimba Mambare appear to have regained full fitness, midfielder Devon Chafa could be the new injury concern for the Glamour Boys as he failed to train yesterday.
Congolese showman Fabrice Mbimba is also still injured.
Pasuwa received support from juniors coach Herbert Maruwa as they started off with physical drills before breaking into smaller groups for some ball work and stretches.
Buffaloes have often been tricky opponents especially at their Sakubva home ground where De- Mbare lost 3-2 last year.
“Sakubva has not been a good hunting ground for us. The last time we went there, we lost and I think this time around we need to rectify areas where we came short in order to collect maximum points.
“Buffaloes are a good side, remember in the last match they collected maximum points against us at the National Sports Stadium and we know the opposition we are going to face.
“They are not a team to be underrated. So the better team on the day will win,” said Pasuwa.
Chicken Inn v Black Rhinos (Hartsfield), Chiredzi v Bantu Rovers (Chishamiso), ZPC Kariba v Triangle (Gwanzura), Harare City v FC Platinum (Rufaro)
Buffaloes v Dynamos (Sakubva), CAPS United v Highlanders (National Sports Stadium), Shabanie Mine v Chapungu (Maglas), Hwange v How Mine (Colliery)