Expert View: Power Dynamos’ Precipitous Dip in Form
With two wins in their last 10 match days and only 2 draws, Power Dynamos have endured their most abysmal run of games in years. Without a win in 6 matches, the Kitwe team has began to raise eyebrows as to what could be causing this poor string of results.
One huge factor has been mid season departures of the, at the time, most productive attacking player, (Kelvin Kampamba) , most reliable defender (Billy Mutale) and first choice goal keeper (Allan Chibwe)
The trio of starters left for varying reasons with Chibwe and Kampamba joining Nkana at the end of their contracts with Power Dynamos having failed to agree to new contracts at the Arthur Davies.
A long injury list has also been high on Power’s problems having had international midfielder Benson Sakala out for over a month which left the monumental responsibility at the base of midfield to former u20 player Linos Makwaza who has since settled in the role and began to impress. Other notable faces on the injury table have been right backs Kondwani Chiboni and Govenda Simwala who both made a return to full training mid August, Godfrey Ngwenya who has had his season punctuated with knee injuries, Skipper Joshua Titima who has missed a couple of months with a knee Injury, Midfielder Fidele Bosandja who has also had an injury plagued season, and recently Kingsley Mukuka who has missed the abysmal run.
The less spoken of problem seems to have been the lack of stability in the spine of the team (Central Midfield and Central defense) which are areas of the play that rely hugely on pairings that need to play together over time to eventually gel. However there appears to be more at play than just injuries, new faces and departures. With a few fans already fed up of coach Kelvin Kaindu who has not even finished a season yet.
With a looming Barclays cup Quarter final encounter against bogey team Mufulira Wanderers, it appears it’s a real air of uncertainty in Kitwe that could quite easily get worse after the Cup.
In an optimistic sense, the run building to the Barclays cup including the match against Mufulira Wanderers could be the best opportunity for the Yellow team to turn their fortunes around for a decent finish while a CAF slot appears beyond reach with the only possibility of it hugely hinging on the capitulation of a couple of teams above Power Dynamos.
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