Chicken Inn coach Joey Antipas said that the current Dynamos team cannot be compared to the team he faced during his playing days in the 1980s or the Callisto Pasuwa coached side that won four league titles in a row.
Antipas, who played for Arcadia United back in the 1980s, faced Dynamos several times when the Glamour Boys were almost invincible.
Speaking ahead of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match between Chicken Inn and Dynamos set for Sunday at the National Sports Stadium, Antipas said:
To be frank, the Dynamos that we have seen in these past few years is not the same as the Dynamos of old.
Back in the day, it was always a special occasion to play against Dynamos when they were still Dynamos. You just knew you had to be on top of your game.
Dynamos then were a mean machine because of the quality on their side. They could attract just about all the best talent in the country.
Of late, I think Dynamos have lost the sting that made them such a fearsome side.
Back then, it was difficult to come out with a result against them because they were so dominant and they won many league titles.
Dynamos last showed signs of that kind of dominance with the team that won four league titles in succession under Callisto Pasuwa. Maybe it was because they had played together for longer.
Dynamos have been rebuilding under coach Tonderai Ndiraya, and Antipas expects a tough encounter on Sunday. He added:
But the efforts they are putting in now cannot be ignored. They have done (some) good business during the current transfer window and they look a very competitive side.
We expect a tough encounter against them on Sunday. But football being football, it may need some time for them before they start gelling.