ZPC hold DeMbare

HARARE - Returning midfielder Denver Mukamba finally made his second debut for Dynamos yesterday but failed to inspire his boyhood side to victory as they were held to a goalless draw by visiting ZPC Kariba.

Mukamba, who re-joined DeMbare at the start of the month after a frustrating three-year stint in the South Africa Absa Premiership and could not play as his papers where not in order, was handed his first start by coach Lloyd Mutasa.

The Glamour Boys dominated the visitors but they were their own worst enemies as they failed to score against the struggling ZPC.

With the draw, DeMbare remain fourth on the log table with 25 points from 15 matches and trail log-leaders Highlanders by five points.

“I think to us, it’s a matter of two points lost. We never created much but I think we played against an equally good side,” Mutasa said after the match.

On the title race Mutasa said: “We started badly and we are trying to come, it’s now a matter of pushing the new guys to gel with others. Like I said before that the destiny of the league is not in our hands, what we have to do as Dynamos is to try and collect as much points as we can and see how it goes at the end of the year.”

But Mutasa should, however, draw some positives from his team’s display especially the performance from Mukamba, who gave a decent show in the first half.

He was unfortunate not to find the back of the net on 39 minutes when his shot from inside the box crashed against the upright.

And in a clear sign of lack of match fitness, Mukamba fizzled out in the second half before he was taken off.

ZPC Kariba’s best chance fell to Limited Chikafa on 52 minutes after he had done well on the right to beat Dynamos’ Obey Mwerahari and an out-of-sorts Carlos Rusere before charging into the box.

Chikafa then inexplicably sent his effort wide with Tatenda Mkuruva’s goal at his mercy.

ZPC Kariba coach Sunday Chidzambwa was content with the point gained.

“I’m quite pleased with the point. I think in this game we defended very well but also in this type of games you need to put away the half chances that you get,” Chidzambwa said.

“There were very few chances on both sides but we had a chance that we could have buried.”

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