5 March 2018
BUILDCON star Patson Jaure has admitted that youngsters and newcomers at Dynamos have proved they have a big case ahead of the new season.
After Dynamos senior players were taken to the scrap heap by a strong Buildcon side at National Sports Stadium on Saturday, coach Lloyd Mutasa will be forced to think again about his first XI.
The reality is that most of the young players he used in the ZNA Charity Cup, against CAPS United and Highlanders, will walk back into the team and the senior players have a mammoth task after the 2-1 defeat to Buildcon.
“It’s a big team and it does not make a difference if any player really plays. I see that some of the youngsters that were being used are working very hard but they will always want some experience from some of the senior players,” Jaure told H-Metro.
Of the senior players that played on Saturday, Raphael Manuvire proved he is special and Christian Ntouba showed he can still get goals no matter how poor he is on the day.
Mutasa may as well try to see how fits those two into the team that beat Highlanders in the ZNA Charity Cup final, while the rest of his senior players work on their fitness.
That the same players had also been tried in another training match before the Buildcon game and misfired terribly, is reason why Mutasa will be forced to make tough decisions ahead of the new season.
“They (youngsters) are good yes, but they can’t play alone. Dynamos though are a big team regardless of who plays,” Jaure added.
Before Saturday’s game, Mutasa had come to the defence of his captain Ocean Mushure.
Apart from being a free-kick specialist, there was nothing much he offered against Buildcon other than lose ball possession unnecessarily.
Shifting him to left back to replace rising Romario Matova could be a ‘football sin’, according to some observers.
On the left wing, it is clear he does not offer half of what Cleopas Kapupurika can give the team.
But he remains the captain.
Mutasa said: “We have always said football is simple, you play the way you train. If these youngsters or the captain does well, there is every reason to field the best players on a given encounter.”
Goalkeeper Tonderai Mateyaunga’s performance against Buildcon also left a lot to be desired.
Either his timing to cut crosses is poor or he does not communicate well with his defence.
Whichever way you look at it, it still puts Blessing Mandimutsira as the potential first choice for the club.
James Marufu’s growing confidence and Marvelous Mukumba’s form gives Mutasa little room to tamper with that combination and accommodate Obey Mwerahari and Gift Saunyama.
Kudzanai Dhemere’s hunger could also mean that if Manuvire is to be in the team, one of them could be forced to be played wide.
When Dhemere was introduced on Saturday, Manuvire drifted wide, a position he is however less effective.
Crowd favourite Godfrey Mukambi was on the bench, but there is no doubt the utility player will find his way back in another position after Jimmy Tigere showed signs he could just be the best option.
While Mutasa continues with his selection dilemma, Jaure knows he also have to work hard at Buildcon to be guaranteed a place.
“I shifted to right back. But it is nothing new to me because I had played the position before. I have to continue working hard so that I play in the team,” Jaure said.
Buildcon have what looks like a very strong team. Zimbabwe international Tatenda Mukuruva started along with former FC Platinum star Nqobizitha Masuku. Jaure and Devon Chafa were introduced from the bench.
“The coach believes in me. I wasn’t training all along because of injury. I trained one day, but he made sure I played the Dynamos game coming from the bench. It shows he sees the hardwork and I should continue to add to that.”
Buildcon must make an impact in Zambia if Jaure and company are to attract the attention of the Warriors coach.
“If I’m to be called for national duty I have to be on top of my game. Anyone who is outside the county wants be part of the national team,” Jaure said.