DeMbare's striker woes continue

HARARE - Dynamos' dominance in the Castle Premiership looks under threat this season as the Glamour Boys continue to stutter in the defence of the title.

DeMbare have dominated the Zimbabwean league in the last three years, on each occasion winning the title on goal difference.

But that era of supremacy could all come to an end this season as Calisto Pasuwa’s men have been putting on putting in some lethargic performances.

The Harare giants have been below par this year with the entire team struggling for form, except for Stephen Alimenda and Ronald Chitiyo, who have at times took it upon themselves to drive the team forward from midfield.

At the weekend, DeMbare were clueless as they succumbed to a 1-0 away defeat to Hwange at the Colliery.

Defender Eric Chipeta scored a first half penalty for the coalminers and the defending champions never recovered.

With that loss, DeMbare are now in third place with 19 points and trail log leaders Hwange by three.

Sunday’s defeat came on the backdrop of three consecutive uninspiring 1-0 wins over FC Platinum, Chiredzi FC and Triangle.

During the Triangle game, DeMbare were booed by their fans, a sign that the blue-and-white army is slowing fearing for the end of an era at the record Zimbabwean champions.

Those three victories came after DeMbare had had gone for three games without winning after going down to Buffaloes and Chapungu before drawing with Shabanie Mine.

One thing that has been evident in DeMbare’s matches this season is their lack of fire power upfront, where strikers Washington Pakamisa, Simba Sithole and Patrick Khumbula have been off colour.

In the 11 matches they have played this season, DeMbare have been able to score 10 goals only at an average of 0.9 per match.

For a team that has the ambitions of defending their title, they need to increase their scoring ratio or else they will soon find themselves far from the leading pack.

Even Triangle, who are in the relegation zone, have scored more goals than Dynamos this season with 14 goals.

In that regard, DeMbare will need to make sure that they get new striker Anesu Gondo back to full fitness.

Gondo looked like he is the answer to DeMbare’s scoring woes when he netted a brace in the 3-1 win over Harare City in May.

The forward has, however, been sidelined by a groin injury.

Gondo returned to action for the Harare giants in the defeat to Hwange when he came on a substitute for Pakamisa but failed to find the back of the net.

Without a regular scorer this season, Dynamos will find it difficult to withstand the challenge posed by Highlanders and Hwange, who seem to be scoring for fun this season.

Bosso have netted 20 goals this season while Chipangano have scored 19 in 11 matches.

Comments (1)

wait untill the refreees come to the party then dembare will start winning.they did it the past 2 seasons so whats new

handsome timile - 19 June 2014

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