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Dynamos & Zim football must rise from the Tunis fall!

[Posted 30 Apr 2012]
[By An Editorial Comment-Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Dynamos & Zim football must rise from the Tunis fall!
Dynamos lost 6-0 against Tunisia's Esperance who are also African Champions in the CAF Champions League second round match in Tunis. That the loss happened is a fact that cannot be changed.However, Dynamos have  the power in their hands to gain insight and  pick lessons from the heavy defeat.

Many scribes have taken out calculators and have gone back to the archives to compile statistics following Dynamos' worst defeat and performance in the African Safari to date. Such statistics can only be useful if Dynamos can emerge from the "disaster" richer rather than poorer.

Losing by big margins is certainly nothing new to football the world over. Only a few months ago, Manchester United lost 0-6 at home to Manchester City, but managed to bounce back to wallop Arsenal 8-2 at the same Old Trafford, scene of their humiliation by City.

What helped Man U was the quality of leadership they have in Sir Alex Ferguson, and obviously the support and enabling environment at Old Trafford. This is probably one area of great challenge for Dynamos and many other Zimbabwean clubs.

Leadership is needed at a time such as this when players' morale is low and when even the technical team feels they are at a low ebb and possibly out of  theirdepth. The Dynamos playing staff need love and encouragement and not statistics which can be intimidating.

Bouncing back from the dead is possible. If MC Algiers could do it last year, hitting 3-0 past our own Dynamos to overturn a 1-4 deficit suffered in Harare in the first leg, something can be done even against the African Champions to minimise the damage done in Tunis. There is enough talent in the Dynamos team to achieve victory against Esperance in the return leg.

Even if Dynamos fails to qualify  for the Group stages of the competition, a victory such as a 3-0 win at home will go a long way in restoring pride to the team, and in psyching up the team for the CAF Confederation Cup challenges,which all second-round losers qualify for.

Dynamos should now plan to find redemption in the Confed Cup, and prepare to do well next year in the Champions League.There is nothing that can stop Dynamos from going all the way to win the CAF  Confed Cup. That could serve as a great motivator for the team to do well in the domestic league and return to the Champions League stronger next year.

Sitting back and mourning about the 6-0 loss will not take Zimbabwean football anywhere. The team needs to assess  the weaknesses in the team and work towards fixing them in the short-term before embarking on the Confed Cup challenge.

The return leg against Esperance should be seen as a launching pad for the revival of the team. Blaming Calisto Pasuwa as a coach is just a sign of limited thinking and immaturity. Even the best of coaches like Ferguson and Arsene Wenger lose by big margins but they show character to bounce back, using the humiliation as an inspiration.

Pointing fingers at individual players, blaming the technical team etc  is not a sign of good leadership  and proper understanding of sports dynamics .

The focus in the long-run should be on fixing the problem, exposed in Tunis beginning by being honest about the sudden poor performance of Zimbabwean teams in Africa. We should in fact be greatful that the weaknesses in our football are being exposed so wecan fix them.

Being average is not good enough for Zimbabwean clubs. Last year we never had a team qualifying for the mini-league stages of either the Champions League or Confed Cup, despite the country having the fortune of fielding two teams in either competition.

The country therefore needed a rude awakening, and thank God Esperance gave us just that! Something has happened to our clubs' approach towards the African Safari. We were probably fooled by the limited successes of Dynamos and Monomotapa to think that we had arrived in terms of competitiveness.

At an era when funding appears to be returning to Zimbabwean football, with Mbada Diamonds
Dynamos
lost 6-0 against Tunisia's Esperance who are also African Champions in
the CAF Champions League second round match in Tunis. That the loss
happened is a fact that cannot be changed.However, Dynamos have  the
power in their hands to gain insight and  pick lessons from the heavy
defeat.




Many scribes
have taken out calculators and have gone back to the archives to
compile statistics following Dynamos' worst defeat and performance in
the African Safari to date. Such statistics can only be useful if
Dynamos can emerge from the "disaster" richer rather than poorer.




Losing by big
margins is certainly nothing new to football the world over. Only a few
months ago, Manchester United lost 0-6 at home to Manchester City, but
managed to bounce back to wallop Arsenal 8-2 at the same Old Trafford,
scene of their humiliation by City.




What helped Man
U was the quality of leadership they have in Sir Alex Ferguson, and
obviously the support and enabling environment at Old Trafford. This is
probably one area of great challenge for Dynamos and many other
Zimbabwean clubs.




Leadership is
needed at a time such as this when players' morale is low and when even
the technical team feels they are at a low ebb and possibly out of 
theirdepth. The Dynamos playing staff need love and encouragement and
not statistics which can be intimidating.




Bouncing back
from the dead is possible. If MC Algiers could do it last year, hitting
3-0 past our own Dynamos to overturn a 1-4 deficit suffered in Harare
in the first leg, something can be done even against the African
Champions to minimise the damage done in Tunis. There is enough talent
in the Dynamos team to achieve victory against Esperance in the return
leg.




Even if Dynamos
fails to qualify  for the Group stages of the competition, a victory
such as a 3-0 win at home will go a long way in restoring pride to the
team, and in psyching up the team for the CAF Confederation Cup
challenges,which all second-round losers qualify for.




Dynamos should
now plan to find redemption in the Confed Cup, and prepare to do well
next year in the Champions League.There is nothing that can stop
Dynamos from going all the way to win the CAF  Confed Cup. That could
serve as a great motivator for the team to do well in the domestic
league and return to the Champions League stronger next year.




Sitting back and
mourning about the 6-0 loss will not take Zimbabwean football anywhere.
The team needs to assess  the weaknesses in the team and work towards
fixing them in the short-term before embarking on the Confed Cup
challenge.




The return leg
against Esperance should be seen as a launching pad for the revival of
the team. Blaming Calisto Pasuwa as a coach is just a sign of limited
thinking and immaturity. Even the best of coaches like Ferguson and
Arsene Wenger lose by big margins but they show character to bounce
back, using the humiliation as an inspiration.




Pointing fingers
at individual players, blaming the technical team etc  is not a sign of
good leadership  and proper understanding of sports dynamics .




The focus in the
long-run should be on fixing the problem, exposed in Tunis beginning by
being honest about the sudden poor performance of Zimbabwean teams in
Africa. We should in fact be greatful that the weaknesses in our
football are being exposed so wecan fix them.



Being average is not good enough for Zimbabwean clubs. Last year we
never had a team qualifying for the mini-league stages of either the
Champions League or Confed Cup, despite the country having the fortune
of fielding two teams in either competition.



The country therefore needed a rude awakening, and thank God Esperance
gave us just that! Something has happened to our clubs' approach
towards the African Safari. We were probably fooled by the limited
successes of Dynamos and Monomotapa to think that we had arrived in
terms of competitiveness.



At an era when funding appears to be returning to Zimbabwean football, with Mbada Diamonds and BancABC chipping in to sponsor clubs' African safari ventures, it is very surprising that passion and competitive spirit and edge appear to be absent from our clubs.

FC Platinum, Motor Action and even Dynamos were in a better  financial position this time around than the Dynamos squads that reached the Champions League finals in 1998 and semi-finals twice, or Monomotapa who went all the way to the mini-league phase of the competition on first attempt in 2009.



FC Platinum
recently returned from Sudan after losing 0-3 to Al Merreikh. to bow out  of the CL on 2-5 aggregate. That was just not good enough for a team for whommuch was said about the quality of their squad and technical team.

We need
to find out why our teams are struggling against teams from certain
parts of the continent. Questions should  be asked as to whether  this
has anything to do with our soccer Calendar, or whether it is poor
administration and planning on the part of Zimbabwean clubs.




Motor Action
received the most generous financial support that a local club
participating in the African Safari has ever received, but went on
to disappoint against little Black Leopards of South Africa in the Confed Cup this year.

Perhaps questions
should be raised regarding the timing of the offer of sponsorships in Zimbabwean football. Does
it really help a team, whether it is a local club or a national team for a sponsor to arrive on the scene on the eve of a
competition or a match?




It all boils
down to proper planning, on the part of all sports stakeholders. Clubs
need to put  in place better preparations programmes for such
competitions as the CAF club competitions. Sponsors have to be urged to
come on board on time if they are to get a better mileage.

Late entries
could be seen to be amounting to grandstanding, something which does not benefit both the individual
clubs and the sponsors themselves.




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