Dynamos fire blanks again

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport Starts Here - Ed­die Chikamhi Harare Bu­reau

Dynamos 0-0 How Mine ALARM bells are ring­ing louder by the day in the Dynamos camp af­ter the Glam­our Boys fired blanks again yes­ter­day as they stag­gered to a fourth con­sec­u­tive goal­less draw in a Cas­tle Lager Premier­ship match against How Mine at Ru­faro yes­ter­day.

The Glam­our Boys coach Lloyd Mu­tasa said it was get­ting “wor­ri­some” that they have now gone for over 360 min­utes of play with­out find­ing the tar­get af­ter watch­ing his charges blow away some chances and then sur­vive a late back­lash from the vis­i­tors.

Iron­i­cally, How Mine are the team that halted DeMbare’s win­ning run, which had stretched five matches just be­fore the Premier­ship break, when the two teams played out a goal­less draw in the re­verse fix­ture in Bu­l­awayo.

That re­sult was fol­lowed by sim­i­lar stale­mates in the back-to-back clashes with Sun­day Chidzambwa’s ZPC Kariba.

Mu­tasa was par­tic­u­larly un­happy with the poor fin­ish­ing af­ter the team fluffed the op­por­tu­ni­ties they cre­ated yes­ter­day with a num­ber of Caps United fans at Ru­faro not only giv­ing How Mine a stand­ing ova­tion but mock­ing the mis­fir­ing Glam­our Boys.

“It’s very wor­ri­some. You go four games with­out scor­ing a goal, I think it’s not good for us. But such is foot­ball. We have to go back to the draw­ing board and try as much as we can to work hard.

“We were get­ting into the at­tack­ing third but an el­e­ment of an­tic­i­pa­tion from our young­sters was a bit down hence we could not get the goals,” said Mu­tasa.

DeMbare yes­ter­day started with lots of prom­ise with Den­ver Mukamba run­ning the show in mid­field but they later fiz­zled out and al­lowed their op­po­nents to come into the game.

De­fender Mar­shal Mac­haz­ane gave a good ac­count of him­self af­ter get­ting the nod to re­place in­jured Syd­ney Linyama as the side recorded their eighth clean sheet.

Masimba Mam­bare nearly gave them the break­through when he con­nected a ball swung in from a cor­ner kick by Ocean Mushure with only 11 min­utes played but his header was thwarted by alert goal­keeper Dono­van Bernard.

The part­ner­ship of Ja­cob Mu­zokomba and Ro­dreck Mu­tuma, though, didn’t tick as Mu­tasa might have wanted.

How Mine then found their foot­ing by rais­ing their game in the mid­field where Pasca Man­hanga, the im­pos­ing Makundika Sakala and new-sign­ing Mil­ton Ncube — the best player on view yes­ter­day — fought for ev­ery ball.

The Bu­l­awayo side gave an im­proved per­for­mance in the sec­ond half and Man­hanga had a long range at­tempt which flew just over the cross­bar in the 62nd minute.

Toto Banda then failed to con­trol his header from a cor­ner kick by Mil­ton Ncube in the 69th minute af­ter DeMbare de­fend­ers had failed to track him in­side the box.

But Mu­tuma had the chance to set­tle mat­ters for Dynamos about two min­utes later af­ter sub­sti­tute Kudzanayi Nyakasaka won pos­ses­sion in­side the How Mine box and ex­changed passes with fel­low sub­sti­tute Do­minic Mukandi.

But, with the ‘keeper at his mercy, Mu­tuma hes­i­tated to shoot and the chance was gone.

How­ever, Mu­tasa’s de­ci­sion to pull him out, un­der pres­sure from the fans, was not the right one given that it paral­ysed the at­tack and his re­place­ment did not even man­age a touch.

Mu­tuma, just like Caps United’s Do­minic Chungwa might be a for­ward who frus­trates his fans with the way he misses chances but, when it mat­ters most, he usu­ally de­liv­ers that kil­ler blow.

DeMbare re­mained on fourth place in the cham­pi­onship race with 27 points, 10 be­hind lead­ers FC Plat­inum af­ter 17 games.

“No won­der why from the on­set I would say the des­tiny of the cham­pi­onship is not in our hands. We are play­ing a chas­ing game and if we can­not score it be­comes very dif­fi­cult. But I am sure one day it will come out well,” said Mu­tasa. How Mine also re­mained un­changed in 13th po­si­tion and their coach Kelvin Kaindu was dis­ap­pointed by the fail­ure to col­lect max­i­mum points. “If you are to look at the log stand­ings, it’s not good (re­sult). The way it is, it is very tight. I think if you man­age to get three points in a match you move on the log stand­ings and if you don’t get those points you ei­ther drop down or stay where you are. “But I think we should have got prob­a­bly a win­ner in terms of the way we at­tacked es­pe­cially in the last 10 min­utes where we cre­ated chances and were good go­ing for­ward. Un­for­tu­nately we just man­aged to come out with a point,” said Kaindu.

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