Dynamos aim for semifinal berth


Dynamos will host Zamalek in the final group game needing a victory by any margin over the joint record five-time African champions to finish second and qualify for the semis.

According to a report in Zim’s Herald newspaper, Dynamos can also still afford to draw against Zamalek and go through to the last four in the event that Group A leaders Al Ahly, who are already qualified, avoid defeat to Asec at the Cairo International Stadium on the same day.

The Harare giants have six points, Asec are third with five points while Zamalek, who drew 2-2 with Al Ahly in Cairo on Sunday night, have the same number of points as the Ivoirians, but are bottom because of an inferior goal difference.

Dynamos coach David Mandigora has stressed to his charges that there is no time to relax and yesterday took them on a two-hour workout at the venue of their victory over Asec.

The coach insists there are still some areas that Dynamos needed to work on in order to overcome the challenge of a Zamalek side, which, unlike Asec, is long on experience and could still gate-crash into the semi-finals should they emulate Al Ahly and beat DeMbare at Rufaro.

“We have begun our training for the Zamalek game well, but our only worry at the moment is that (Edward) Sadomba has a knock on his knee and we will have to continue monitoring him closely. We will have another training here before we leave for home,” Mandigora said.

Dynamos will, however, be without defender Sam Mutenheri who picked his second yellow card in this competition in the 57th minute for rough play and will now be suspended.

Utility player Danisa Phiri, who ironically had his best Champions League game against Zamalek in Cairo, will also be out of reckoning for the return match against the Egyptians after sustaining an Achilles tendon injury on the eve of last Saturday’s showdown with Asec.

But they will welcome back midfielder Justice Majabvi, who missed out on Dynamos first trip to West Africa in this campaign because of suspension, forcing Mandigora to thrust defender Thomas Sweswe in his role.

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