CHIREDZI – Dynamos coach Calisto Pasuwa has remained modest after watching his charges negotiate their passage into the Mbada Diamonds Cup quarterfinals with a first round win over Tripple B at Gibbo Stadium on Sunday.
The Glamour Boys needed a solitary Clive Kawinga strike deep in the second half to keep alive their hopes of a third Mbada Cup trophy on the trot.
Dynamos have won the previous two editions of the competition since its inception two years ago.
The Glamour Boys were stretched by the plucky Tripple B at the weekend and with a bit of luck, the Beitbridge-based outfit could have caused a first round upset by dumping the defending champions out of the competition.
Despite struggling to break the resilient Tripple B defence, Pasuwa was delighted that his team was able to pass the first huddle.
“Cups games are very difficult because everyone will be motivated given the large incentives that are involved,” said Pasuwa.
“We are happy we have progressed to the next round and we will tackle each game as it comes.
“We want to do well in this cup. It will be good to win the cup again but the important thing is we remain focused in every match.
“We are looking forward to face anyone paired against us and we are treating all teams the same.”
Pasuwa also took time to praise utility player Oscar Machapa, who had an outstanding afternoon, causing Tripple B a lot of problems.
Machapa, who was employed on the right side of midfield on Sunday, was duly named man-of-the-match. The former CAPS United and Morokwa Swallows man provided the assist for Kawinga’s goal.
“Machapa is doing very well, he is enjoying his game,” said Pasuwa.
“He is taking on those defenders. Offensively, he is very influential in creating chances.
“Maybe the only thing we need to work with him is his defending. He is slow coming back to defend, but otherwise, his performances have been great.”
Machapa signed for DeMbare during the mid-season transfer window after he was released by South African side Moroka Swallows at the end of the Super Diski season in June.
The Mabvuku-born player surprised many by signing for DeMbare instead of his childhood club CAPS United, where he made his name before joining the great trek to South Africa.
Machapa announced his arrival back on the domestic scene with a stunning goal that propelled Dynamos to a 1-0 victory over his old club Makepekepe in the Harare Derby last month.
DeMbare will be the team to beat in the Mbada Diamonds Cup last eight, with most teams desperate to avoid the defending champions when the draw is conducted at a later date.
All the country’s big boys including CAPS United and Highlanders are still in the competition, which makes the quarterfinal draw an interesting affair.
Chicken Inn, who are fast emerging as a formidable force in Zimbabwe, are also in the last eight draw after destroying BancABC Sup8r champions Shabanie Mine 3-0 in the first round clash at Mandava Stadium on Saturday.