Dynamos, Platinum draw

HARARE - Castle Premiership log leaders FC Platinum were denied their first ever win over Dynamos in five attempts by Washington Pakamisa’s 73rd minute equaliser for the stuttering defending champions yesterday.

The Zvishavane-based side put up a spirited second half performance as goals from Charles Sibanda and Winston Mhango cancelled out Pakamisa’s thunderous first half opener.

Platinum however went to sleep, allowing Pakamisa to score his brace with 17 minutes remaining to rescue a point for Dynamos, who have now drawn six of their opening seven matches.

Since gaining promotion into the top-flight league in 2011, the platinum miners had lost all four of their previous meetings against the record 19-time Zimbabwe champions.

The visitors’ coach Tenant Chilumba was delighted with the effort from his players as the point ensured they remain in pole position on the log level on 16 points with Highlanders.

“I’m really excited because a point away from home is always okay with me. I’m happy with the point because we were playing against the Zimbabwean champions,” he said after the match.

“The boys lacked concentration after scoring that second goal because they became excited instead of concentrating on the game.”

DeMbare started the match lively as they were probably buoyed by their weekend 2-0 away win over Tripple B and besieged Petros Mhari’s goal.

It was no surprise when the defending champions took the lead in the 28th minute after Pakamisa’s was released on the right by Murape Murape’s lofted pass behind the Platinum defence.

The former CAPS United forward took everyone including Mhari by surprise when the unleashed a looping shot on the half volley to give Dynamos the lead.

After the goal, Chilumba removed forward Donald Ngoma, who was failing to put pressure on the DeMbare defence and replaced him with defender Ian Nekati.

The former Twalumba FC defender went straight to right back while Mhango was pushed into his more natural central midfield role where he started to make some darting runs into dangerous areas.

Sibanda, who had started the match wide on the left side of midfield, was deployed further up the pitch to play together with Nelson Maziwisa.

It was a tactical masterstroke by Chilumba because his team began to control the game better with Ali Sadiki and Joel Ngodzo providing the much needed width on both flanks.

The visitors equalised in the 66th minute when Sadiki’s menacing corner kick from the right was headed in by Sibanda.

After the equaliser, Platinum had the wind behind their sail and completed the comeback two minutes later after a switch counter attack.

Maziwisa combined well with Mhango in the middle of the park and the DeMbare defence was caught flat.

Mhango was allowed a clean run to goal before opening up his body to curl the ball beyond Artwell Mukandi’s reach.

Platinum were a bit naive as they failed to shut shop and continued with their expensive game.

The Zvishavane-based side went in search for a third goal but they were punished on the counter by Pakamisa seven minutes later.

Pakamisa literary walked the ball into the net as a host of Platinum defenders failed to stop his run.

After that there were no more goals and the two teams had to settle for a draw.

Dynamos coach Calisto Pasuwa said: “It’s sad on our side because this is the sixth draw for us this season. We would have loved to collect all three points in all these matches.”

On Pakamisa, Pasuwa had full of praise for the former CAPS united forward, who also scored at the weekend in the win over Tripple B.

“He’s (Pakamisa) the kind of striker we have been lacking. Today we scored two goals and it’s unfortunate that we failed to defend. We have to go back and readdress our defensive frailties.”   

TEAMS


Dynamos: Artwell Mukandi, Partson Jaure, Gift Bello, Thomas Magorimbo, Ocean Mushure, Devon Chafa, Stephen Alimenda (Cliff Sekete, 75min), Murape Murape (Tichaona Mabvura, 75min), Tawanda Muparati, Boban Zirintusa (Patrick Kumbula, 56min), Washington Pakamisa

FC Platinum: Petros Mhari, Daniel Veremu, Elvis Moyo, Kelvin Moyo, Winston Mhango, Thabani Kamusoko, Joel Ngodzo (Michelle Katsvairo, 83min), Ali Sadiki, Charles Sibanda, Donald Ngoma (Ian Nekati, 34min), Nelson Maziwisa.

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