Draw disappoints Mandigora

HARARE - Dynamos coach David Mandigora was disappointed with his team’s failure to beat Hwange after a goalless draw in a Castle Lager Premiership match here yesterday.

The two teams played out a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture at the Colliery a week earlier.

Yesterday’s draw left DeMbare in fourth place with 28 points and heaped pressure on Mandigora.

The defending champions have now won only once in the last six matches with the other matches ending in draws.

“I’m disappointed with the result and the way we played today.

“We didn’t play well, although we created some chances but that’s football,” Mandigora said after the match.

“When playing at home it’s not good enough to get one point. We were looking to collect three points.”

Mandigora, however, showered praises on striker Roderick Mutuma who re-joined the club from city rivals CAPS United last week.

Dynamos yesterday started with Mutuma and fellow new forward Richard Kawondera signed from Triangle but the duo could not provide an answer to their woes up-front.

“Mutuma played his type of football; he created some chances we just couldn’t put them away. I think it was not our day,” said Mandigora.

His opposite number Nation Dube said they were desperate to collect maximum points and bemoaned his side’s missed chances.

“As for now, I cannot say a point gained is enough because we need to start winning our games to move away from where we are,” he said.

“I think we need to work on our finishing for us to start collecting maximum points, you see even today we missed a number of chances to score.’’

Dube is confident that his team will survive relegation at the end of the season.

After yesterday’s draw, the coal miners remain in 11th place on the log and are separated from the drop zone by goal difference alone.

“With what I witnessed today, I think there is hope if we continue playing like this.

“We only need to work on our finishing,” Dube said.

Hwange showed signs of promise in the early minutes of the game but they lacked a killer instinct as they wasted some good scoring chances.

Dynamos’ real scoring chance in the first half came in the ninth minute when Mutuma’s header went over the bar.

The second half brought life to a largely dull encounter and eight minutes from time, Dynamos’ new boy Kawondera received a through pass from Walter Mukanga inside the box but could only shoot wide.

Teams

Dynamos: Tatenda Mukuruva, Augustin Mbara, Sidney Linyama, Ocean Mushure, Obey Mwerahari, Blessing Moyo (Walter Mukanga 42 min), Godknows Murwira, Richard Kawondera, Dominic Chungwa (Kelvin Bulaji 67 min), Qadr Amini, Roderick Mutuma

Hwange: Takabva Mawaya, Andrew Chuma, David Boriwondo, Gerald Ndlovu, Munyaradzi Mungadze, Collen Muleya, Innocent Mucheneka, Farai Vumisayi, Pritchard Mpelele, Rodwell Chinyengetere, Gilbert ZuluHwange hold DeMbare

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