Dynamos stutter again

HARARE - Chicken Inn put up a gallant performance yesterday for force a creditable draw against Dynamos as the defending champions continued their stuttering start to their Castle Premiership title defence.

A jaded DeMbare were left with a lot of work to do, especially after their chief rivals for the 2013 season, Highlanders and FC Platinum, both won their second games of the new term to retain a 100 percent record early on in the season.

Calisto Pasuwa watched his charges came from behind to force a 1-1draw against police side Black Mambas on Easter Friday in their opening match of the season and yesterday he was left frustrated again after another uninspiring performance against disciplined Gamecocks.

“It’s a slow start from the way we would have loved to begin the season,” Calisto Pasuwa said after the game. “We are getting there in the scoring positions but we are not getting those goals. Luck is not on our side.”

The Glamour Boys are set to host Tunisian side CA Bizertin this weekend and judging from yesterday’s performance, lots of hours must be put in if DeMbare are to entertain any hopes of overhauling the 0-3 deficit they suffered in the first leg.

Pasuwa’s men simply did not turn up yesterday except for a few moments of individual brilliance from winger Cliff Sekete, who was lively throughout the afternoon, and on occasions bustling striker Francisco Zekumbawira did put himself into good positions.

It was the enterprising Bulawayo side who seemed to enjoy their game, taking a grip of the game as well running hard throughout the match to walk away with a deserved share of the spoils.

Dynamos did have moments of their own especially in early exchanges, but they appeared content playing second fiddle in the midfield where Devon Chafa, Tawanda Muparati and Murape Murape offered little fight.

DeMbare were disjointed in all departments and it came as no surprise when Chicken Inn surged ahead after 15 minutes through mercurial winger Tendai Ndoro.

Ndoro, who had a good game before fizzling out in the latter stages, scored from a tight angle inside the box, placing the ball past Artwell Mukandi at the near post.

The goal triggered a reaction from Dynamos and Sekete equalised for the Harare giants in the 29th minute after getting to the end of an Ocean Mushure cross from the left side with a low header.

10 minutes later Dynamos could have gone ahead when Patrick Kumbula found himself face to face with the goalkeeper but he took time to shoot, allowing Chicken Inn defenders to recover before he fell down under challenge.

The second half was no difference from the first stanza as DeMbare continuously pumped the ball upfront through the middle but would soon find themselves backpedalling again.

Washington Pakamisa, who struggled to impress after coming on as a second half substitute for Kumbula, could have redeemed himself in the 62nd minute but he failed to connect a Mushure inviting cross, much to the dismay of DeMbare supporters.

Moments later, Pakamisa’s attempted first time volley went straight to goalkeeper Liberty Chirava as the former CAPS United striker failed to justify his inclusion.

TEAMS

Dynamos: Artwell Mukandi, Thomas Magorimbo, Ocean Mushure, Augustine Mbara, Gift Bello, Devon Chafa, Tawanda Muparati, Cliff Sekete, Murape Murape (Russel Madamombe, 69min) Patrick Kumbula (Washington Pakamisa, 59min), Francisco Zekumbawira.

Chicken Inn: Liberty Chirava, Moses Jackson, Felix Chidungwe, Zephania Ngodzo, Brian Mbiriri, Danny Phiri, Tendai Ndoro (Kuda Mahachi, 75min), Canaan Nkomo, Thabani Goredema (Brian Juru, 88min), Tendai Mukambi (Marshall Marima, 63min), Mkhokeli Dube. - Godknows Matarutse

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