Team changes fail to de­liver re­sults for DeMbare

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Grace Chin­goma

ZIM­BABWE in­ter­na­tional goal­keeper Ta­tenda Muku­ruva was one of those axed but the changes made failed to pro­vide the spark needed as Dy­namos search for an elu­sive Cas­tle Lager Premier­ship win stretched to a sixth game at Ru­faro yes­ter­day.

Muku­ruva, the War­riors’ first-choice ‘ keeper who is re­ported to be an­gling for a move to Tan­za­nia, was sac­ri­ficed in the changes made by coach Lloyd Mu­tasa amid me­dia spec­u­la­tion yes­ter­day that there is a clique of play­ers who have al­legedly been clan­des­tinely work­ing to sab­o­tage the coach and force his re­moval from his job.

But the changes couldn’t de­liver the vic­tory Mu­tasa badly wanted and a team whose tooth­less at­tack has been de­scribed as its Achilles Heel needed Masimba Mam­bare, once again, to score for them.

Since beat­ing bot­tom club Bor­der Strik­ers at Ru­faro be­fore the mid-sea­son break only Mam­bare has scored for Dy­namos and his two goals, which have come in the last two games, have failed to in­spire the Glam­our Boys to vic­tory.

Apart from Muku­ruva, Mu­tasa yes­ter­day dropped four other key play­ers who were in ac­tion in the pre­vi­ous de­feat against Bor­der Strik­ers - Rod­er­ick Mu­tuma, skip­per Stephen Ali­menda, Den­ver Mukamba and Do­minic Mukandi - amid al­le­ga­tions of al­co­hol abuse and sab­o­tage.

Yes­ter­day, the coach de­cided to give a run to some of the fringe play­ers such as sec­ond-choice goal­keeper Ton­derai Mateyaunga and mid­fielder Musa Mad­hiri.

While his son Wis­dom Mu­tasa fi­nally made his de­but ap­pear­ance for DeMbare.

But it was the same script for DeMbare in yes­ter­day’s match de­spite scor­ing first through hrough mid­fielder Mam­bare just af­ter quar­ter of an hour.

Bu­l­awayo City equalised in the sec­ond half through mid­fielder Sipho Ndlovu.

Even though Mu­tasa de­cided cided to wield the axe on some of his se­nior play­ers, the poor run con­tin­ued for DeMbare.

Mu­tasa de­fended his de­ci­sion­ci­sion to drop some of his se­nior play­ers and said he had to change his team as he sought for a win­ning for­mula. la.

“I think ev­ery coach would uld want to field a win­ning team, a team he thinks is goin­go­ing to de­liver and you can only se­lect your team on merit rit and we are not look­ing at names and it’s a pity that someme of us we still want to talk about names but you look at how Dy­namos is per­form­ing it is for ev­ery­body to see that t there is no con­sis­tency and you look at who was play­ingg in those matches.

“Would you, if you are in n my shoes, want keep on putting those peo­plele and hope for con­sis­tency. You need con­sis­tency at train­ing as well as you need con­sis­tency in terms of be­hav­iour, you need con­sis­tency in terms of howw you ex­e­cute your things and youu can only get con­sis­tency here iff you have it at the train­ing fieldd and to that is what we are do­ing,” said Mu­tasa.

There has been re­ports of al­co­hol abuse and sab­o­tage in DeMbare camp from the se­nior play­ers but the coach was rather diplo­matic.

“I wouldn’t want to say much about times if you know how a player per­forms at train­ing and if he is not per­form­ing... wouldn’t you think oth­er­wise.

“I wouldn’t want as a coach to talk more about sab­o­tage, more about things that my eyes can­not see but what is very im­por­tant for this in­sti­tu­tion is you look at the way the young­sters be­have, you look at the way they train and those who have got the zeal to don the blue and white jersey are the ones. Part of them you have seen that but at them today and you will see them go­ing for­ward,” said Mu­tasa. The for­mer mid­fielder said he picked a lot of pos­i­tives from some of the play­ers he thrust into the first team yes­ter­day,yes­ter­day par­tic­u­larly mid­fielder Musa Mad­hiri and go­ing fo for­ward he will rec­tify on some of the mis­takes they made­mad in the game. The formerfo FC Plat­inum and Whawha men­tor, who last won a league match on July 9 when his team beat Bor­der Strik­ersS at Ru­faro, how­ever, said he was not un­der anyan pres­sure. “Ob­vi­ously,“Ob­vio in a world of foot­ball you play six games and no­bo­dynob would want to play to lose a match but un­der ce cer­tain cir­cum­stances you play a match like this, we lost lastla week we come here and had five, six changes for dif­fer­ent­d­if­fer rea­sons but still the young­sters did well. “But I am not an ex­cep­tion but such is foot­ball and I am not un­der any pres­sure,” said Mu­tasa. Dyn Dy­namos were forced to change goal­keeper Mateyaun­gaMatey with 15 min­utes left when he was in­jured­in­jur and was re­placed by third-choice goal­keeper Ash­leyAshl Reyn­ers. How­ever, there was some drama as t the for­mer Tri­an­gle keeper was forced to put a Dyn Dy­namos in­field player jersey on top of his yel­low goa goal­keeper’s shirt which clashed with the Bu­l­awayo City strip. The Glam­our Boys have been fea­tur­ing in a pre­dom­i­nant­lypr white strip for their home matches al­thoughaltho the blue strip is their home strip. De DeMbare could have snatched a late winner in the 89t 89th minute when striker Kudzanayi Nyakasaka’s header w was saved by the keeper.

Bu­l­awayo City coach Try Ncube was left sat­is­fied with a point picked up on the road.

He has presided over two draws since tak­ing over from his sus­pended bosses.

“Con­sid­er­ing that we were play­ing away from home I have to say I am happy about the point col­lected although I wanted three points.

“We want to col­lect as many points as we can be­cause this league is very tough... there is a lot of com­pe­ti­tion down there,” said Ncube.

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