25 April 2017
DYNAMOS are not sure how long their skipper Ocean Mushure will be sidelined, a situation that could affect them in the bigger challenges ahead.
Mushure missed the weekend trip to Hwange.
Carlos Rusere played as left back in what was a largely a reshuffled back four.
The absence of Gift Saunyama through injury also meant that 19-year-old Peace Makaha was moved to defensive midfield to partner Tichaona Chipunza.
Young Phakamani Dube was thrown into the fray to play the right back position.
“Mushure has a swollen knee so it is not yet clear for how long he will be out. When we left for Hwange he was not in good condition. I’m sure by this week the doctors will give us an update as to for how long he will be out,” said Mutasa.
“Carlos did well in the absence of Mushure, Phakamani also came into the party for the right back while we pushed Peace to defensive midfield.
“Before we left, Saunyama was saying he was much better. He suffered a knock on his ankle and that has kept him out. But we can’t say he is okay now until he has been assessed and shown that he is ready.”
Mutasa was also forced to sideline Takunda Sadiki who was not in their previous match.
“We had Mambare instead for that position while Emmanuel Mandiranga kept his position.
“Christian and Kangadze partnered upfront. It was not an easy match at all but I’m happy the guys fought all the way to the end and we were rewarded with that goal,” said Mutasa.
Anything short of victory against Hwange could have seen Dynamos recording their worst first three games in 14 years.
Despite winning the Independence Trophy, Mutasa went into the battle at the Colliery knowing that anything short of victory would have seen his charges equaling the 2003 record when they collected just a point at the same stage.
“It has taken a bit of pressure from us. We had not won a league game and we just hope this is the beginning of things to come.
“This was a closely contested game and we had to make sure we were at our best to come up with something from the Colliery. We had a few moments in the first half and adjusted a bit in the second half to give ourselves a chance,” said Mutasa.