City, DeMbare share spoils

HARARE - After failing to beat Dynamos in his last two years as CAPS United coach, Taurai Mangwiro rued yesterday as a missed opportunity to turn a new leaf on his coaching record against the Harare giants.

The Glamour Boys played second fiddle to Mangwiro’s enterprising Harare City side that dominated large parts of the match.

In truth, they were fortunate to escape with a draw after City had the Castle Lager Premier League defending champions pinned back for most parts of the game.

“Playing at home I felt we should have won,” Mangwiro said after the match.

“I believe this is the time we should have won it. I thought everything was going according to plan. They never really penetrated our defence. If anything, we failed to make our dominance count.

“Today, we were too much in a hurry. It is such small things that make the difference at the end of the day. But I must say, the fighting spirit shown by the boys has been tremendous.

“After a false start to the season, losing to Tsholotsho, we have accounted for ourselves well.

“We have now gone for five games unbeaten, but there are still a lot of areas to work on.”

The Sunshine Boys were dangerous both in the early and later exchanges with Martin Vengesayi, skilful Tinotenda Kadewere and the speedy midfielder Talent Chawapihwa, keeping the Dynamos back line on their toes.

DeMbare, who were playing a 4-5-1 formation with Simba Nhivi as the target man, were, however, dangerous on the break.

The second half saw City show the same intent, imposing themselves both in midfield and attack but decision-making in the final third proved to be their biggest let down.

Injury-stalked Masimba Mambare barely got going for Dynamos as he was at the receiving end of some nasty tackles that diminished any confidence he had of commanding the match.

Dynamos looked livelier as the game wore on and Dominic Chungwa should have done better after doing well to evade his marker but then missed the target from six yards out.

Harare City, must have felt there is no justice in football as they continued to pile pressure but failed to find the back of the net.

David Kutyauripo rose highest but his towering header went wide as the clock wound up.

Kadewere should have done better after coming one on one with Dynamos goalkeeper Artwell Mukandi but immaturity ruled supreme for the premiership debutant who made a meal out of a golden opportunity

Dynamos had a chance to steal victory at the dearth but Kevin Bulaji failed to make clean contact after coming to the end of a good cross.

In the end, the two teams shared the spoils with Dynamos maintaining their unbeaten streak six games into the season.

Dynamos coach David Mandigora: “It’s not a bad result although we wanted all three points but we couldn’t get three points. Both teams played well and created chances and I think the game could have gone either way.

“I am happy that we did not concede and we are still unbeaten but we didn’t get three points that’s what’s disappointing.”

Meanwhile, Chicken Inn shot to the top of the log standings after defeating How Mine 1-0 at Luveve Stadium.

The Gamecocks now have 15 points from six matches while Dynamos remain in second place with 14 points.

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