15 February 2013

Zimbabwe: Dembare Eye Big Win - Jaure

DYNAMOS defender Partson Jaure says the Harare giants are aiming for a big win when they face African minnows Lesotho Correctional Service in the first leg of their Champions League preliminary round match at Rufaro on Sunday.

Jaure, who was a revelation in the Glamour Boys domestic league campaign last season, said DeMbare should strive to go beyond the qualifying rounds in the continental inter-club competition after suffering a huge disappointment in his debut appearance in Africa last year.

The 22-year old said he learnt tough lessons from DeMbare's humiliating exit when they suffered a 7-1 aggregate defeat to Tunisia's Esperance in the second round stage.

Dynamos have failed to reach the group stages in the previous two editions and that, coupled with the poor performances by other Zimbabwean teams, has seen them starting this year's campaign in the preliminary round.

Jaure yesterday said the Glamour Boys, who are the country's sole representatives in Africa this year, are prepared to fight hard to raise the nation's flag high in the 2013 edition.

Despite his ignorance about the strengths and weaknesses of their opponents, the steely defender believes DeMbare should start strongly against the lowly-rated Southern African opponents in the first leg on Sunday.

Jaure said Dynamos needed to maximise on home advantage and then wrap up the game when they travel to the tiny Southern African enclave in a fortnight.

"What we are aiming for is a big win at home. We should score as many goals as possible because we don't know what will happen in the return leg. "It's a game we definitely have to win.

"We are ready for this match. We have had a good preparation since we regrouped in January and we have played some friendly matches as well.

"I am sure we are at a much higher level and we have been made stronger by the friendly matches that we have played, including the one against Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa.

"To me the results from those matches were not bad for a team in preparation. These are some of the practice games that have motivated us, we gained fitness and improved on our technique. So I think we are okay in terms of preparation going into this first game of the tournament.

"Yes, it was a bit difficult (getting goals) but the coaches have instructed us on how we should go about it to get the goals and from our training sessions it appears like it's working out. We shouldn't worry about that," said Jaure. DeMbare have stepped up their preparations for the tie and yesterday they moved their training from Zimphos, where they have set up a new base, to the match venue Rufaro to practice on the artificial turf.

Despite the spate of injuries in the camp, coach Callisto Pasuwa had most of his players at yesterday's practice.

Leftback Ocean Mushure has since been ruled out because of a knee injury while circumstances might force midfielder Russel Madamombe to play despite starting training yesterday after a three-week lay-off.

LCS arrived in Harare late on Wednesday.

The side has won the last two domestic titles in succession back in their country but their campaign in the Champions League ended at the first hurdle last year when they lost 3-0 to Uganda's Revenue Authority.

Jaure said DeMbare will be careful not to underrate their opponents.

"I don't know anything about this team. I had never heard about them or even watch them on television but we should not be indifferent because they are like virtual unknowns in continental football.

"It is very dangerous to underrate a team that you do not know anything about. We have to play our normal game, just enough to prove that we are good. So we should make sure that we beat them here so that when we go there for the return leg the main business will be to close them down.

"I am happy we are starting at home because in Africa it is easier to play at home than away. I am sure a good victory on Sunday will give us the jump-start that we want. It's always good to take the early advantage. We should make it difficult for them by getting a healthy win here. Otherwise pressure could be on us if we don't," said Jaure.

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