dembare celebrate goal 02-11-10.jpgDynamos’ crushing 4-1 victory over Algerian Champions Moloudia Club d’Alger emerged as one of the biggest in a weekend of continental action which also saw Motor Action crashing out, while defending champions TP Mazembe and record African champions Al Ahly got off to winning starts.

Dynamos’ vintage performance that culminated in a 4-1 demolition of Moloudia Club d’Alger at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday was a loud statement of their intent to make their presence felt on the continental arena.

In a weekend which saw former champions, Esperance of Tunisia thrash Benin’s ASPAC FC 5-nil in Tunis, while Zambian Champions ZESCO United humiliated Young Buffaloes of Swaziland by the same score line, DeMbare’s 4-1 victory over the Algerian Champions was among the most impressive across the continent.

Defending Champions TP Mazembe were also impressive in Lubumbashi with a 3-1 win over Tanzanian side Simba Stars.
Six time African champions Al Ahly of Egypt dismissed Supersport United of South Africa 2-nil in Cairo.

Union Sportive de Bitam of Gabon and Enyimba of Nigeria settled for a goalless draw in Libreville, while Stade Malien of Mali labored to a 2-1 win over Raja Club Athletic of Morocco.

Zimbabwe’s other representative in the CAF Champions League, Motor Action had an unforgettable afternoon on Saturday with a miserable showing against fading giants Asec Mimosas of Cote D’lvoire.

After a goalless draw in 90 minutes, the Mighty Bulls meekly surrendered in a penalty shoot-out failing to convert two spot kicks.

But it was at Rufaro Stadium where arguably the most entertaining match across the continent was witnessed.

The flair and self belief exhibited by Dynamos underlined the thirst for success inherent in the new look side.

That Dynamos showed little respect in reducing the Algerian champions to mere pretenders brought to light the tenacity and competitive side of the boys in blue this season.

Led by skipper Desmond Maringwa, a combative midfielder who possesses a steady demeanor accompanied by a wealth of experience in the African football safari,  Dynamos put up a commanding display that rightly showed even the watching Asec Mimosas players a true reflection of Zimbabwean soccer.

With new stars such as Denver Mukamba, Devon Chafa and Rodrick Mutuma, Lloyd Mutasa’s side has brought back smiles to the seven million supporters.

Meanwhile, Dynamos head coach, Lloyd Mutasa has urged his charges to remain level headed despite hammering Mouloudia d’Alger of Algeria 4-1, in a first round first leg encounter at Rufaro stadium on Sunday.

Despite watching his side put up a splendid show against the Algerian side, Mutasa has urged his side to keep their feet on the ground and guard against assuming they have already booked a berth in the second round.

An ecstatic Mutasa who could not hide his joy however acknowledged the odds were now tilted in his team’s favour going into the second leg.

DeMbare put on a stunning display which kept the large crowd at the ceremonial home of football on its feet, with Guthrie Zhokinyi and Rodrick Mutuma grabbing two first half goals, before a Denver Mukamba beauty and a Farai Vimisai strike ensured a healthy 4-1 lead going into the second leg.

Mouloudia d’Alger now needs to win the reverse tie 3-nil to progress to the next round.