DeMbare winning run ends

BULAWAYO - Dynamos' five-game winning run finally came to an end when the Harare giants drew away to How Mine in a Castle Lager Premiership match yesterday.

Lloyd Mutasa’s men had accounted for the scalps of Chapungu, Ngezi Platinum, Harare City, Bulawayo City and Border Strikers to force their way back into the top four after a poor start to the season.

The Dynamos juggernaut however, had its pace reduced by How Mine, who on the contrary have now gone for eight matches without a win.

With yesterday’s result, the Glamour Boys remain in fourth place on the log with 24 points and trail leaders CAPS United by five points.

How Mine on the other hand, remain precariously perched one place above the relegation zone with 16 points.

After the match, Mutasa was pleased with point his team had picked up on the road.

“We did not create many chances as we wanted but I think we created one or two in the first half and we could not score,” Mutasa said.

“It’s a point gained. It’s not every day that you come to Barbourfields that you collect maximum points; a point away from home is point gained."

How Mine coach Kelvin Kaindu felt his side was the better team of the day and should have collected maximum points.

“I believe we dropped two points today; I think we came out stronger we were much better side, we created more scoring opportunities than our opponents but our finishing in the final third was not that good,” Kaindu said.

“The only positive thing is that we defended well.”

Dynamos, who missed their usually dependable left back Ocean Mushure due to an ankle injury, had their first attempt at goal in the 13th minute when Tichaona Chipunza was set up by Roderick Mutuma.

The former Triangle midfielder however, hit the side net with his effort from just outside the box.

Moments later, Masimba Mambare beat his marker on the right flank before sending in a beautiful cross but the unmarked King Nasama failed to connect.

However, on 21 minutes Mushure’s replacement Carlos Rusere almost scored an own goal when he tried to block a cross from Kuda Musharu.

In the second half, both teams seemed to match each other pound for pound until How Mine made their first substitution bringing in Toto Banda for Thembani Masuku.

The move could have paid dividend had the hosts been clinical in front of goal as they started to attack using their right flank where Rusere seemed to struggle against Banda’s fresh legs.

On the stroke of full time, with a bit of luck, Dynamos could have punished the hosts but new signing Simbarashe Gorogodyo shot tamely into Bernard Donovan hands from close range.

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