DeMbare in another draw

HARARE - Struggling Harare giants Dynamos where held to a frustrating 1-1 draw by visiting Hwange in a Castle Lager Premiership match here yesterday.

To their credit, Hwange eased their relegation woes and never looked like a side that failed to train for the whole of this past week as they protested outstanding salaries and bonuses.

They matched the Harare side man for man and put aside their in-house problems to leave the capital with something to smile about.

Even their coach Mabelo Njekwa saluted his players for the professional way they went about their business in yesterday’s encounter.

“We made sure we stuck to our game plan. The guys did very well. For us it’s a golden point and we have something to take home. It is not easy given the way we prepared for this encounter, but all the same, credit to the boys for giving it their all,” Njekwa said after the game.

With Dynamos missing a number of regular starters, coach Llyod Mutasa adopted a defensive 3-5-2 formation, with Masimba Mambare partnering Jacob Muzokomba upfront.

Midfielder Dominic Mukandi was part of a defensive three alongside skipper Obey Mwerahari and Marshal Machazane, while young Peace Mahaka and Wisdom Mutasa partnered Brett Amidu in the centre of the park.

Takunda Sadiki and Carlos Rusere were given the room to manoeuvre from the wings.

Warriors number 1 Tatenda Mkuruva who has been struggling with a knee injury did not make the match day squad and had to make way for his deputy Tonderai Mateyaunga.

The Glamour Boys flattered to deceive in the opening quarter in which they found their opening goal and threatened to overrun the visitors.

Sadiki, broke the deadlock in the 12th minute after he capitalised on a defensive mix up by Hwange centre halves David Boriwondo and Gerald Ndlovu to fire past Taimon Mvula.

The hosts continued to dominate Hwange  and almost added to their tally through Mwerahari but his goal-bound header was cleared off the line by Hwange’s Andrew Chuma.

However, Chipangano refused to drop their heads and responded in fine style through a brilliant individual effort from midfielder Oscar Lungu in the 32nd minute.

Lungu won possession just outside Dynamos’ 18 area and stylishly lobbed the ball over an advancing Mahaka with his heel before firing in a beautiful volley past Mateyaunga.

The goal seemed to give the visitors an edge over Mutasa’s side as they began to dominate exchanges but the hosts held on to leave the two sides tied at one-all going into the break.

Sensing his team needed fresh impetus, Mutasa withdrew Wisdom Mutasa just five minutes into the second half for Denver Mukamba and the move seemed shrewd for a moment as the home side began to find channels through the Hwange defence.

Muzokomba was presented with a golden chance to give his side the lead but wasted it in the 51st minute after he was sent through on goal by Sadiki.

However, the momentum quickly fizzled out and the closest they got was through substitute Tawanda Macheke whose header off a Godknows Murwira free kick was brilliantly tipped out for a corner by Mvula.

The pressure was telling on the DeMbare players as they resorted to send long balls into the Hwange box which they easily dealt with given their aerial advantage over Dynamos’ strikers.

Mutasa was visibly dejected after watching his side dropping two precious points in what was his side’s ninth draw of the season.

“It’s obviously disappointing to drop points in such a manner that we did. We spent the whole week working on defending set pieces and we concede through another set piece. We however, won’t drop our heads. We will continue fighting for a strong finish,” Mutasa said.

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