Dynamos seek consistency in title race

HARARE - Dynamos assistant coach Tonderai Ndiraya says the Glamour Boys must be more consistent if they hope to retain their Castle Premiership title.

DeMbare returned to pole position last Sunday following a 4-1 demolition of Shabanie Mine and have now amassed 55 points from 24 matches.

Before reclaiming their lead at the weekend, the Harare giants had dropped to second position courtesy of a shock 1-0 midweek defeat to Chicken Inn in Bulawayo.

Bosso, who had catapulted themselves back to the top of the league on the back of a last-gasp 1-0 win at Hwange midweek, failed to further capitalise on DeMbare’s slump when they lost 3-0 to Monomotapa on Saturday to slip into second place on 53 points from the same number of points.

The race for the title now looks set for an intriguing finish between the country’s most successful football clubs, and Ndiraya has warned his players against any further slip-ups.

“It’s a good feeling (to be back on top of the log) and you always want to stay on the top. It requires us now to put more effort so that we manage to collect points constantly along the way,” Ndiraya told reporters after the Shabanie match.

“We need to be consistent and we have spoken to guys that we want to retain the championship. I’m sure they have taken that into consideration and you can see in their performance that there is a change.

“We did put up a good display in Bulawayo (in the Chicken Inn defeat), considering that we were playing away from home. I’m sure the guys were frustrated in the first half. We didn’t get any favours from the match officials. Most of the decisions were going against us and we started coming back in the second half but I guess it was it was too late.”

The former DeMbare midfielder attributed Sunday’s win to a change in approach from the players.

“We came into this game hungrier and I think you saw it for yourselves. The players were determined to fight,” he said.

Dynamos travel to the Colliery at the weekend to face Hwange for the first time since their controversial 4-2 win over the coalminers in May.

Chipangano coaches Nation Dube and Mabelo Njekwa did not direct operations from the bench after they were assaulted inside the Rufaro Stadium tunnel by DeMbare marshals before the match and had to be taken to hospital.

The matter is currently before the Commercial Arbitration Court.

“We need to work hard because Hwange are a very stubborn side especially when they are playing at home, so we will see how it goes,” said Ndiraya.

“Hopefully we come up with the three points, and that’s what we are going to do.
“For the whole week, we are going to work hard to come out with those three points but I must admit it’s a very tough match considering all the traveling. We will be prepared for anything but I suppose Hwange are a football team. What happened (in May) is very unfortunate, you cannot know what really happened."

“I’m sure they are football people and they will behave in a professional manner. On our side, we are going there prepared for everything they throw at us.”

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