DeMbare falter at Barbourfields

BULAWAYO - Defending league champions Dynamos wasted a golden opportunity to close the gap on Castle Lager Premiership log leaders Chicken Inn after yesterday’s 1-1 draw with Tsholotsho FC.

With Chicken Inn having lost 1-0 to Hwange on Saturday and second-placed Triangle having draw 0-0 with How Mine in the earlier kick-off here; the onus was on DeMbare to collect maximum points to move into second place.

A win would have also meant the Glamour Boys would have reduced the Gamecocks lead to just two points with 10 games to go before the end of the season.

The game appeared to be going according to script when Takesure Chinyama produced a wonderful turn before toe-poking the ball past goalkeeper Chang Marion to give the Glamour Boys the lead after only 11 minutes.

DeMbare, however, failed to build on that lead and for most parts of the game played second fiddle to the premiership novices.

The Glamour Boys pressed the self-destruct button in the last 10 minutes when full back Ocean Mushure was sent off after picking a second yellow card for time wasting.

Right on the stroke of full-time, Stephen Alimenda scored a spectacular acrobatic own goal which beat goalkeeper Tatenda Mukuruva at his near post.

The result left DeMbare in third spot with 36 points and trail second-placed Triangle on goal difference while Chicken Inn are on 40 points.

Dynamos coach Tonderai Ndiraya was left frustrated with the way referee Allan Bhasvi handled the match.

“Well to start with I’m disappointed to say the least. I thought the referee was not on our side the whole game,” he said.

“We had five yellow cards and nothing for Tsholotsho; I thought that was very unfair. If you look at the red card there were some substitutes ready to come on and Ocean had to delay so that they could come in.  

“The referee felt otherwise and he is the man in the middle who is in charge of the game and there is nothing we could do.”

Ndiraya admitted that the hosts had been the better side throughout the match.

“Tsholotsho were the better side throughout the 90 minutes but they did not create many chances, however, lack of concentration because of what I believe is fatigue cost us two points,” he said.

“We have played about five games in the last two weeks.”

And on the title race Ndiraya said: “It’s a massive two points we have dropped, remember we drew against this same team at home which is very unfortunate.

“This is football and we have to soldier on because this is not an easy championship. Like I said before; credit to my boys because they have played five games in the last two weeks.”

Tsholotsho coach Lizwe Sweswe was pleased with the way his side responded to the early Dynamos goal.

“We played beautiful football otherwise we should have won this game because in terms of possession we dominated,” he said.

“We are trying to collect points in every game we play so that we survive. If we get three points the better for us.”

Tsholotsho remain in the last relegation spot in 13th place with 18 points.

Comments (1)

You see that you rely with referees, he does not have to be on your side but fair and handle the game accordingly

moses - 25 August 2015

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