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Dynamos Fail to Leave for DRC CAF Champions Match

  • Michael Kariati

Dynamos are in danger of missing out of their CAF Champions League showdown against AS Vita of the Democratic Republic of Congo as they are stuck in Harare.

The team was still holed up in Harare this afternoon after the popular Harare club could not secure seats on the Ethiopian Airways flight they had earmarked to take to the Democratic Republic of Congo for the second round of the CAF Champions League first round match against AS Vita.

The club, which has been troubled by financial problems, is understood to have made their bookings late as the club leadership had been running around to secure funds for the trip and striking players as the club does not have a sponsor.

Club chairman Keni Mubaiwa says the club is now making efforts to travel early tomorrow morning by a direct flight to Kinshasa for the game that is on Sunday.

There are two options - Air Zimbabwe and Zambezi Airways - that have direct flights to the Democratic Republic of Congo and both of them leave in the morning.

Initially, the Zimbabwean club had resolved not to travel by a direct flight as it is more expensive than the Ethiopian Airways.

Should Dembare fail to travel for the game scheduled for Kinshasa Sunday, this could lead to serious repercussions from the Confederation of African Football which could also mean a ban from Pan African football for the next three year.

Already, another Zimbabwean club Highlanders were banned for the same period after withdrawing from the CAF Confederation Cup after the draw had already been conducted.

Mubaiwa promised the Zimbabwean football loving public a blockbuster match against South Africa's glamorous side Kaiser Chiefs in the next round of Africa's biggest and richest club competition should they manage to travel and beat AS Vita.

Should they make it, Dynamos need an outright win or a scoring draw against the DRC side to progress to the next round after being held to a goalless draw at home in the first leg.

Coach Kalisto Pasuwa could not be reached to comment on what another missed day means to his team following the industrial action that took place at the club this week.

The team's players have been on strike and had not been training since Monday. They only resolved to return to training yesterday after being paid their bonuses for the two matches against Mochudi Centre Chiefs of Botswana.
Dynamos are desperate for a win and qualify for the second round of the Champions League. The Zimbabweans who reached the Champions League final in1998 and the semi-finals 10 years later have failed to reach the mini league stage in the past three years.