Gamecocks, DeMbare in stalemate

BULAWAYO - The lack of quality strikers in the local game stuck out like a sore thumb as defending champions Dynamos and hosts Chicken Inn played out a goalless draw in a Castle Premiership encounter here yesterday.

And inevitably both sets of coaches cited lack of quality finishing as the major reason behind their respective teams’ failure to collect maximum points during post match interviews.

Dynamos head coach Calisto Pasuwa said his strikers lacked confidence in front of goal.

“It was an evenly balanced encounter and a draw is maybe the fairest result because although we managed to create a number of chances we were found wanting when it came to converting them into goals.

“We have to go back and regroup and try to rectify this problem because we have so many strikers within our ranks but they have so far not been prolific in front of goal,” Pasuwa told journalists after the match.

His Gamecocks counterpart Joey Antipas concurred that a draw was a fair outcome.

“It was a well contested encounter that we began and finished strongly but in between there were periods when we played second fiddle to Dynamos so I think a draw was well deserved,” said Antipas.

The home side were quicker off the blocks and attacking midfielder Canaan Nkomo tested DeMbare keeper Artwell Mukandi with a well struck effort before resurgent striker Thomas Chimenya saw his header easily collected by the former Monomotapa man.

Chicken Inn holding midfielders Thabani Goredema and Brian Juru were responsible for their team dominating exchanges early in the game as they were able to subdue their Dynamos counterparts Stephen Alimenda and Devon Chafa.

Dynamos eventually came out of their shell at the end of the first quarter with Washington Pakamisa cleverly cutting back from the right flank but his pass found no takers.

The visitors went on to dominate the hosts for the remainder of the first half but were found wanting in the final third.

And consequently the only other chance of the first half for the Glamour Boys came 10 minutes before halftime when Anesu Gondo was guilty of wasting a glorious opportunity when he shot wide after being sent through by Chafa.

Dynamos continued to dominate after the break with Washington Pakamisa being denied by Chicken Inn keeper Elvis Chipezeze in a move that was initiated by their captain Partson Jaure.

Goalmouth action continued to be sporadic in the second half as both teams failed to find the back of the net.

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