DeMbare crash out
HARARE – For the third year running, Dynamos bowed out of the African Champions League in the qualifiers after they were bundled out in the first round by Tunisian side Club Athletic Bizertin yesterday.
Although Dynamos won yesterday’s match through Cliff Sekete’s 94th minute strike it was a case of a little too late as Bizertin won the tie on 3-1 on aggregate – largely thanks due to their first leg victory in Bizerte last month.
Dynamos needed to win the second leg by at least four clear goals but it was not to be as they bowed out of the Champions League.
It was a win that feels more like a defeat and it left a bitter taste in Dynamos’ coach Calisto Pasuwa’s mouth.
“I think we have learned a big lesson in this tie,” Pasuwa said after the match. “We lost a number of our star players who were offensive.
“You saw what was happening here. We were going into the attacking third but we failed to put the ball into the back of the net.
“Our offensive play was very blunt. I guess we should have attacked in numbers and at least have some precision in front of goal.”
Bizertin coach Mondher Kbaier said: “We won the first match 3-0 and we knew that this game was going to be very hard. All the players needed to work very hard.
“Dynamos is a good team and they have the experience in the Champions League but this is a good result for us.”
Pasuwa was forced to make three changes from the side that lost 3-0 in Bizerte as goalkeeper Artwell Mukandi replaced George Chigova while Sydney Linyama came in at centre back to play together with Augustine Mbara.
Ugandan international, Boban Zirunstusa replaced the injured holding midfielder Stephen Alimenda, who also started the first leg.
Despite the changes, the Zimbabwean champions failed to make their home advantage count especially in the first half.
In the opening period, DeMbare enjoyed all the possession as Bizertin were sitting back trying to protect their lead.
Dynamos fullbacks Ocean Mushure and Jaure were pushing forward but it was their final ball into the box that was letting them down.
On the few occasions they got it right the DeMbare forwards of Farai Mupasiri and Ziruntusa were not doing justice to the service.
The best chance to score in the first half fell to Tawanda Muparati, who shot wide from close range in the 34th minute after he had been up by Jaure.
A few moments later, Mbara also set his header wide from a Murape Murape cross.
Muparati also brought the best out of Bizertin goalkeeper Farouk when he unleashed a stinging shot from outside the area.
The Bizertin captain was at full stretch to tip over the shot for a corner.
In the second half, Bizertin slowed down the tempo of the game as their players went down easily to force South African referee Victor Gomes to stop play.
In the end, Dynamos were forced to resort to long range shots that did little to trouble MBizertin goalkeeper Mustapha Ben Farouk.
The home side finally got the breakthrough deep into added time when Ziruntusa’s shot-cum cross was acrobatically bundled in by Sekete inside the box.
Dynamos: Artwell Mukandi, Ocean Mushuure, Augustine Mbara, Partson Jaure, Thomas Magorimbo, Sydney Linyama, Tawanda Muparati, Murape Murape, Cliff Sekete, Boban Ziruntusa, Farai Mupasiri (Tichaona Mabvura 56min)
CA Bizertin: Mustapha Ben Farouk, Sediri Houssemeddine, Mabrouk Belhadj Houssem Kchock 33min), Ahmed Harran, M’hadhbi Med Ali (Salhi Yassine 81min), Youssoupha M’bengue (Marouan 41min), Bargaoui Chaker, Kamel Zaiem, Fakherddine Jaziri, Arbi Jaber, Olivier Fils Karekezi