The Glamour Boys were all but out of the contest in the first 45 minutes after the Tunisians had gone 3-0 up through goals from Karim Aoadhi, Ichri, and Youssef Msenki.
Dynamos’ misery was compounded in the second half with Yannick Ndjeng, Msenki and his brother Iheb adding to the hosts’ huge tally.
The Zimbabweans will have to produce something out of the ordinary in the return leg in Harare on May 13 though skeptics say the popular Harare side is out of the competition.
Although in football miracles do happen, even the hardest of the Dynamos fans are also singing the same tune that their team is out of the Caf Champions League urging their players to now focus their attention to domestic football.
While reports coming from Tunis suggests that Guinean referee Keita Yakhouba was biased towards Esperance, that Dynamos did not have a shot on target clearly shows that the Zimbabweans did not have the will and quality to contest such type of opposition.
Should Dynamos get eliminated it will be the second successive year that DeMbare has exited in the first round after their defeat at the hands of MC Alger of Algeria last year.
Premier Soccer League Chief Executive Officer Kenny Ndebele admitted in an interview that there was need to have a re-look at the dwindling standards of the Zimbabwean game after Motor Action, Hwange, and FC Platinum were eliminated in the earlier stages of Pan African football.
There are many who also agree with Ndebele that the Zimbabwean game has gone through a period of gradual decline since Dynamos reached the final of the Caf Champions League in 1998, with none of the country’s representatives failing to match that achievement.
That Dynamos, Zimbabwe’s biggest and most popular football team is receiving such humiliation in international football is a true refection of the Zimbabwean game as even the national team has failed to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations for the past three years.
Attention has been put more on the Asiagate scandal forgetting that there was also need to improve the standards of football which are sinking to being some of the worst in Africa football comparing equally to those of Lesotho, Madagascar, Mauritius and Swaziland.