DeMbare blow golden chance

HARARE - Dynamos coach Calisto Pasuwa admitted his side blew a golden opportunity to put one hand on the Castle Premiership championship trophy when they were held 1-1 by Chapungu here yesterday.

The Glamour Boys failed to make full use of slip-ups by their title rivals ZPC Kariba, who lost 2-1 to FC Platinum on Saturday and CAPS United who went down 2-1 to Triangle yesterday.

A win yesterday would have put DeMbare in a commanding position to win their fourth league title in a row as they would have opened up a five-point lead over ZPC.

In fact, the Glamour Boys were lucky to escape with a point after second half substitute Simba Sithole scored with his first touch to cancel out Phillip Marufu first half strike for the Air Force of Zimbabwe side.

Despite the draw, the Harare giants remain at the top of table with 50 points, three better than second-placed ZPC Kariba and five ahead of CAPS United.

“The championship race is still wide open,” Pasuwa said after the match. “We have to take each game as it comes like I have been saying all along. We are in a tough league and anything can happen.” 

Chapungu coach John Nyikadzino paid tribute to his players for sticking to the game plan and is confident of surviving the chop.

“I am happy with the point we have picked up although I thought we could have gone on to win by 1-0,” Nyikadzino said.

“The boys went to sleep in the opening minutes of the second half and we got punished. But overly I am happy with the performance of the boys. They did very well; they played according to the game play.

“We wanted to catch Dynamos on counter attacks and it’s worked for us.”

The match had very little to write home about as both teams failed to play any meaningful football.

Chapungu, who looked content with a draw, were the better side in the first half after taking control in the midfield through their skipper Maxwell Mavuto and Ngonidzashe Murisa.

The visitors duly surged ahead four minutes before the break when Marufu took advantage of some poor defending by the champions to beat Tatenda Makuruva at his near post after a cross from Talent Mwale.

The Glamour Boys came back a better side in the second half and were immediately rewarded in the 47th minute when Sithole, who had just replaced an out-of-sorts Walter Mukanga, scored with a wonderful finish.

As the game went on and as Dynamos threatened to get a win, the Chapungu players especially their goalkeeper Polite Sibanda began to slow down the tempo of the game and took every opportunity to go down.

The Glamour Boys, however, created many opportunities to wrap up the match in the last 10 minutes but Roderick Mutuma wasted them.

Teams:

Dynamos: Tatenda Mukuruva, Oscar Machapa, Ocean Mushure, Themba Ndlovu, Augustine Mbara, Stephen Alimenda, Ronald Chitiyo, Walter Mukanga (Simba Sithole 46th min), Washington Pakamisa, Roderick Mutuma, Tafadzwa Rusike (Murape Murape 75th min).

Chapungu: Polite Sibanda, Johnson Mabugu, Charles Murisa, Collen Kwaramba (Blessing Zabula 85th min), William Ngoya, Ngonidzashe Murisa, Maxwell Mavuto, Gift Phiri, Talent Mwale, Philip Marufu, Callisto Maheya (Victor Bangira 83rd min).

Comments (1)

Pliz Pasuwa offload Oscar machapa haagone bhora munhu uyo anokanganisa bhora, malong balls ake haana direction, Mutuma must stop to be casual otherwise ndi ye akakosta team, taideni taka wina, look for fresh legs upfront otherwise magunner ese akaloka. Buy Charles Sibanda and offload those dead logs. But Murape must remain in the team he is the soul of the team. Nyangwe akakonewa hazvina basa.

basviri - 27 October 2014

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