DeMbare fire blanks

KADOMA - Dynamos choked once again in their campaign to defend their Castle Premiership title after they were involved in a goal-less draw with Black Rhinos at Rimuka Stadium on Sunday.

The Glamour Boys now drop to third place from second after yesterday’s draw with 32 points from 18 and now trail log leaders Harare City by five points.

DeMbare coach Calisto Pasuwa blamed the draw on the state of the Rimuka pitch but was also quick to acknowledge that his players had performed badly against the army side.

“We did not play our normal game because the pitch did not allow us to start build ups from the back,” said Pasuwa after the match.

“But that is not an excuse because we cannot play all our games in Harare. We need to improve on our away record if we are to retain the title.”

On the other hand, Rhinos coach Arthur Tutani was delighted with the point picked against the defending champions. 

“We have been working on compactness of the defence all week and this worked well for us today (yesterday),” said Tutani.

“We were strong against Dynamos today and we never allowed them to get to the ball first. I am happy for the boys.”

Dynamos for the better part of the game played second fiddle to the One Commando-based soldiers, who seem to have mastered the Rimuka turf.

Rhinos’ game was based on long passes, physical strength and speed which unsettled the Dynamos players, who have become accustomed to the artificial turf at Rufaro Stadium.

Chauya Chipembere was particularly strong in midfield where new boy Blessing Sande, formerly with Motor Action, was operating from.

The Rhinos players were prepared to concede fouls all over the park as they sort to disrupt Dynamos’ flow.

The Glamour Boys’ failed to play their normal passing game as they were let down by their first touch which was heavy.

Tawanda Muparati was the only Dynamos player who was able to make any meaningful passes as he seemed not to have been affected by the pitch condition.

Rhinos started off as the better side thriving on their long balls to speedy forwards Brian Muzondiwa and Brighton Mugoni.

Despite Rhinos’ good start, DeMbare had the ball in the back of the net after 11 minutes but farai Mupasiri’s strike was ruled offside by referee Rugare Kusosa.

Russell Madamombe also came close with an effort that went over the bar on 31 minutes from an Allan Tavarwisa cross.

Minutes before halftime, Rhinos goalkeeper Herbert Rusawo made two crucial saves to deny Madamombe and Tavarwisa in quick succession as DeMbare finished the half strongly.

In the second half, chances were far in between each other as both sides failed to find the breakthrough and ended up settling for the draw.

Comments (2)

As a Dynamos Fan, this is not acceptable and I feel Pasuwa must go. Hatinei nekuti anehukama naani. For the good of Dembare , He must GO!!!

Collen Johnson - 22 July 2013

as fans we should work together and support the boys not to blame the coach because they is still room for improvement ,the championship is still. within the rich

kuzivambuya huudzwa - 22 July 2013

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