THE PRESSURE of a four-match winless run is simmering in the Dynamos camp with coach Kalisto Pasuwa opting to go about his business behind closed doors.
Often accessible to the media, Pasuwa returned from their doomed Zvishavane tripped coiled in his own shell avoiding any attention.
Dynamos succumbed to a 0-2 defeat to FC Platinum last Wednesday to surrender their Castle Lager Premier Soccer League lead to rivals Highlanders.
More pressure mounted from the Mbada Diamonds Cup catastrophe three days earlier in which they were struck out by How Mine in a quarter-final shocker at Rufaro Stadium. Another defeat to Hwange at the Colliery followed by a goalless draw with Monomotapa summed up Pasuwa’s lonely figure as he conducted Dynamos’ training session behind closed doors after the Mandava disaster.
Now lowly-placed and troubled Tripple B are in Harare on a mission to upset the defending champions this afternoon.
“We are confident of beating Dynamos,” Tripple B coach Peter Manoti said yesterday.
“We lost to Highlanders because our team was injury-hit, but most of the players have now recovered.”
Tripple B’s ambition to conquer in the Rufaro cauldron is underlined by recalling striker Aleck Marime after he was left out of the Highlanders game following a nasty fist-fight with assistant coaches Hillary Makuruva and Charles Joe last weekend.
Dynamos will enter the battle with an injury-free squad leaving Pasuwa with no excuse for failure today. Team manager Richard Chihoro has expressed the dire need to recover from the slump and revive their title defence hopes.
“Teams like Tripple B are dangerous, but I do not think they can prevail over us. Having gone for four games without winning we have to lift ourselves up and get back to winning, ways to ease off the pressure,” Chihoro said.
Although their hopes of a comeback are dependent on Highlanders faltering, Dynamos also face tricky remaining fixtures especially away to Chicken Inn and Highlanders.
With the league race now into the crucial home stretch, leaders Highlanders enjoy a two-point lead with 44 points.
Fighting to preserve their lead, Kelvin Kaindu’s charges will face a possible upset with a trip to Rimuka fortress where Black Rhinos are yet to lose a match or concede in six games.
“That does not matter because this is a new game. I believe the better team will win,” Kaindu said.
“We are looking at getting three points and remaining on top. It is possible to stay on top until the end if we stay focused.”