Barren spell should start worrying Mutasa
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