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Dynamos face seasoned DRC campaigners

19/02/2014 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
 
Something to think about ... Dynamos coach Calisto Pasuwa
 
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DYNAMOS face an uphill task in their bid to progress to the second round of the 2014 African Champions League campaign as they face seasoned campaigners AS Vita of the DRC in the first round.

The first leg of the match has been scheduled for the National Sports Stadium between 28 February and March 2, 2014.

The Zimbabwe champions qualified for the first round of the African Champions League after beating Botswana's Mochudi Center Chiefs 4-1 on aggregate following a 1-1 draw in Gaborone on Sunday.

They went into the second leg carrying a 3-0 lead from the first leg at the National Sports Stadium in Harare.

Now they have to clear the next hurdle, AS Vita, who have a rich history in the prestigious inter club competition.

The DRC champions overcame Kano Pillars of Nigeria 4-3 on aggregate after having defeated their opponents 3-1 in the first leg at home.

AS Vita have made five appearances in the African Champions League since 1998 and crashed out in the first round in their first attempt.

Ironically, it was the same year, Dynamos wrote a glorious page for Zimbabwean football after they reached the finals of the prestigious competition under Sunday Chidzambwa but lost to Asec Mimosas of Ivory Coast in Abidjan in controversial circumstances.

AS Vita also qualified for the completion six years later but bombed out in the second round. Attempts in 2011 and 2012 all ended in first round exits.

The Kinshasa-based club also made three appearances in the Caf Confederation Cup and exited the tournament in the first round in 2008. They however, reached the group stage twice in 2009 and 2010.

In the then Caf Cup they appeared twice and reached the semi-finals in 1996 and the second round three years later.

They also reached the semi-finals of the Caf Cup Winners Cup in 1976 and finished as quarter finalists in 1979, 1982, 1983, and in 2002.

Dynamos have found the going getting tough in away matches in the African Safari against Botswana teams.

In 2010, Dynamos then under the guidance of Elvis "Chuchu" Chiweshe, thrashed Gaborone United 4-1 in the first leg at the National Sports Stadium only for Gaborone United to turn the match on its head in the return leg in Gaborone after edging the Harare giants 1-0.



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The Zimbabwe champions however, progressed on a 4-2 aggregate score. On Sunday, Dynamos were held to a draw by Mochudi Centre Chiefs again but still progressed 4-1 on aggregate.

Fixtures of 1/16th round
  • Young Africans (Tanzania) vs Al Ahly (Egypt)
  • Berekum Chelsea (Ghana) vs Ahli Benghazi (Libya)
  • Gor Mahia (Kenya) vs Esperance (Tunisia)
  • Enyimba (Nigeria) vs AS Real (Mali)
  • Astres de Douala (Cameroon) vs TP Mazembe (DR Congo)
  • B.Y.C (Liberia) vs Sewe Sport (Cote d’Ivoire)
  • Dedebit (Ethiopia) vs CS Sfaxien (Tunisia)
  • Horoya (Guinea) vs Raja Casablanca (Morocco)
  • Flambeau de l’Est (Burundi) vs Coton Sport (Cameroon)
  • Entente Setif (Algeria) vs ASFA Yennenga (Burkina Faso)
  • Stade Malien (Mali) vs El Hilal (Sudan)
  • AC Leopards (Congo) vs Primeiro de Agosto (Angola)
  • Kaizer Chiefs (South Africa) vs Liga Muçulmana (Mozambique)
  • Zamalek (Egypt) vs Kabuscorp (Angola)
  • Nkana (Zambia) vs Kampala City Council (Uganda)


 
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