Dynamos in continental conundrum

By Steve VickersBBC News, Harare
Dynamos of Zimbabwe
Dynamos of Zimbabwe won the country's league title on Sunday

Zimbabwe's Dynamos face a tricky decision as to which continental cup competition to play in next season.

The 1998 Champions League runners-up and 2008 semi-finalists won their 19th domestic championship on Sunday in a thrilling climax to the season.

They beat bottom-placed Kiglon 2-0 in Harare to win the premier league on goal difference ahead of debutants and long-time league leaders FC Platinum.

The club struggled financially in the Champions League in the past.

But if they win the country's cup competition on 27 November they will have their expenses funded for a campaign in the less-prestigious Confederation Cup.

Dynamos will play Motor Action in the final of the Mbada Diamonds Cup, which is sponsored by a diamond mining company and is the country's richest-ever tournament, with $1m in prize money.

The winners qualify for the Confederation Cup and will be given assistance of $150,000 by the sponsors, which is a tempting prospect for Dynamos.

"We will have to make a quick decision this week," Dynamos chairman Kenny Mubaiwa told BBC Sport.

"Our number one choice is the Champions League, but our coffers are empty and we have to find a sponsor.

"We need a company to sponsor us - we've tried getting sponsorship from government before, but it doesn't work.

"So we will have to sit down and discuss as a club, because we will automatically have a sponsor in the Confederation Cup."

Dynamos most difficult Champions League campaign was in 2008 when the country was in the grip of hyperinflation and foreign currency shortages.

But they were the surprise team of the tournament, reaching the last four.

They narrowly missed out on a place in the group stage of this year's Champions League, losing on away goals to MC Alger of Algeria in a tie that ended 4-4 on aggregate.