DeMbare stumble at home

HARARE - Dynamos are fast running out of steam at a crucial stage of the season as they flattered to deceive following a disappointing draw against battling Tsholotsho yesterday to allow FC Platinum surge in front of them with a single point gap at the top of the table.

The Harare giants at some point looked as the champions in waiting as they exhibited some classy football going on a seven-game unbeaten run that was snapped by rivals CAPS United in September.

Since that loss to United, DeMbare have on won once in their last four league encounters, beating Harare City while drawing with Shabanie Mine, ZPC Kariba, and yesterday with Tsholotsho.

The Glamour Boys are seemingly losing grip as they failed to maintain their lead at the top of the table having gone into yesterday’s tie enjoying a one point lead at the top ahead of rivals Ngezi Platinum Stars and FC Platinum.

As they prepare for their next league crunch tie away to Ngezi Platinum, the Glamour Boys  will be the first to admit that they were lucky to walk away with a point after playing second fiddle to the visitors, who are stuck deep in the relegation zone and had a goal ruled for offside in added time.

Defensive midfielder Tichaona Chipunza’s opener just 15 minutes into the game had raised hopes of an emphatic win among the DeMbare faithful but their celebrations were cut short after Lucky Nyathi equalised for the visitors just moments later following some shambolic defending at the back.

With five matches to go before the curtain comes down on the season, DeMbare coach Lloyd Mutasa conceded that the destiny of the title is no longer in their hands.

“I think we gave them a goal that they didn’t deserve, hence we dropped the two points. But such is football, sometimes you learn the hard way; we need to pull up our socks and focus on the next encounter,” said Mutasa.

“We accept the result and we have to move forward. As things stand now it seems we might not have the destiny in our own hands. What we now need to do is to play our games and probably collect maximum points.”

For Tsholotsho coach Darlington Dodo, however, it was a matter of two points dropped rather than one gained especially after keeping the Harare giants on the back foot for larger parts of the game.

“I think if we were more clinical and the way we prepared for this game, and in what we are trying to achieve; it’s two points dropped,” Dodo said.

“We wanted the three points to be honest and I think we lost two points because if you look at the chances that we created they were clear cut.”

On the disallowed goal, Dodo said: “That disallowed goal — I thought there was a defender behind and it was a legitimate goal but the referees sometimes we have to give them the benefit of doubt.

“We are in a precarious position and if we had got three points today it was going to take us a long way in what we are trying to do. We will keep fighting, we are trying to play good football and it’s unfortunate we couldn’t be clinical enough today.”

Tsholotsho remained second from bottom with 21 points from 29 matches.       

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