DeMbare winless streak continues

ZPC Kariba...............0

KARIBA – Dynamos’ search for an elusive first Castle Lager Premiership victory this term stretched to five matches after being held to a disappointing goalless draw by struggling ZPC Kariba at Nyamhunga Stadium yesterday.

The Glamour Boys, who were among the championship favourites before the start of the season, are having a nightmarish start to their 2018 campaign as they have already lost three times and yesterday’s draw meant they have now managed a paltry two points from a possible 15.

Morale appears to be at its lowest ebb in the DeMbare camp with pressure mounting from their ever-demanding fans.

Under-fire coach Lloyd Mutasa and his technical team will have to dig deeper as soon as possible to find a winning formula to kick-start Glamour Boys’ season.

Mutasa’s plans have also not been helped by the team’s executive which appears reluctant to solve the impasse between the club and their Cameroonian striker Christian Ntouba.

The forward is yet to kick a ball this season as he has refused to take to the field for the club’s opening five games.

Ntouba was the club’s top goal-scorer last season with 15 goals and there were reports last week that the striker demanded his contract be terminated this past week over non-payment of his signing-on fees and salary dating back to last year which is believed to be in the region of $16 000.

Mutasa has in recent weeks showed his frustrations over the absence of Ntouba.

“Obviously, the reason why we brought him here (from Cameroon) is because he is part and parcel of our puzzle but there are some times in life when you should know where to start and when to end; there are some certain things you cannot control. It’s not every day that you get what you want and such is life,” Mutasa said recently.

And against ZPC Kariba yesterday, DeMbare huffed and puffed all afternoon as they struggled to create any meaningful chances while the few that came their way went to waste with their strikers failing score.

Mutasa admitted they were in a difficult situation but is taking the solace from getting a point away from home.

“We are currently in a bad situation and it’s worrisome,” Mutasa said after the match.

“I think there are some positives though that we can draw from the match. We managed to get a point away from home and again we also didn’t concede. In football, pressure is always there but we are working to ensure we bounce back in our next matches.

ZPC Kariba coach Godfrey Tamirepi was happy to earn their first point following four successive defeats in their opening matches.

“I am happy we picked up our first point. I think we are in the right direction and we are under no pressure at all,” he said.

Meanwhile, at Baobab Stadium, Ngezi Platinum Stars maintained their 100 percent start to the season with a narrow 1-0 win over Chicken Inn with Clive Augusto once again emerging the hero by scoring the winner right at the death of the match.

The win was Ngezi Platinum’s fifth in a row to sit at the top of the table with 15 points.

The win was underlined Tonderai Ndiraya’s charges of their intentions for the championship this season.

Ndiraya has not made a secret of his intentions to win this year’s championship and their performances have raised expectations for the ambitious side to achieve their dream.

Results: Ngezi Platinum 1, Chicken Inn 0; Bulawayo City 0, Black Rhinos 1; Yadah 1, Triangle 2; Harare City 2, Bulawayo Chiefs 0

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