Bar­ren spell should start wor­ry­ing Mu­tasa

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

EDITOR — Go­ing for a bar­ren 360 min­utes with­out hit­ting the back of the net should ring an early warning bell to Dy­namos FC coach Lyod Mu­tasa who dur­ing his play­ing days was such an ef­fec­tive mid­fielder renowned for sup­ply­ing clean balls to his team­mates like a cer­tain “Fly­ing Doc­tor’’ called Tauya Mure­hwa who was a lethal fin­isher with a great eye for goal or a cer­tain “head­ing spe­cial­ist” named Mak­winji Soma Phiri.

Mu­tasa’s fine dis­play from the middle of the park to­gether with other mid­field gen­er­als like his cap­tain Mem­ory Mucher­a­howa, the cur­rent War­riors coach Cal­listo Pa­suwa was by no doubt the hall­mark for the Dy­namos FC suc­cess story dur­ing those great yesteryear golden days.

Of course around the globe we have had some great teams like Italy na­tional soccer team who are de­fence masters of the game win­ning the Fifa World Cup four times in 1934, 1938, 1982 and most re­cently in 2006 with a special em­pha­sis on a strong de­fen­sive ap­proach built around such great de­fend­ers like Fabio Can­navarro, Alexan­dro Nesta and Paulo Mal­dini.

With­out doubt, Italy’s na­tional team and even clubs from that coun­try like AC Mi­lan FC, Ju­ven­tus and In­ter Mi­lan FC’s suc­cesses have been built around de­fen­sive tac­tics as their own unique “weapon of mass de­struc­tion’’.

How­ever other teams like Brazil na­tional team, Real Madrid FC and Barcelona FC use at­tack­ing superiority to the max­i­mum ef­fect will­ingly al­low­ing the op­po­si­tion to score as many goals as they deem nec­es­sary only to make sure they score more than the op­po­si­tion would have put past their goal­keeper.

Ev­ery team has its own strat­egy, own strength and even its own weak­ness thus Dy­namos FC is no ex­cep­tion in that cat­e­gory.

Some lo­cal football pun­dits and an­a­lysts al­ways ac­cuse Sun­day Chidzambwa as a “de­fence minded coach or strate­gist’’ but they ought not for­get to remember that “Mhofu’s” suc­cesses with both Dy­namos FC and even with the na­tional team with whom he both guided to African club football great march back in 1998 and our first Af­con ap­pear­ance re­spec­tively was built around a strong “bor­ing’’ de­fence. Felix Zonke

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