DeMbare, Ngezi in stale­mate

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Harare Bureau

Ngezi Plat­inum 0 - 0 Dy­namos NGEZI Plat­inum coach Tonderai Ndiraya said he was a happy man af­ter his side col­lected a point from fad­ing Harare giants Dy­namos in this Castle Lager Pre­mier­ship tie at Baobab yes­ter­day.

Ndiraya felt that, af­ter a run of two straight de­feats, a point against the most suc­cess­ful team in the coun­try was some­thing which he needed to value.

“Over­ally, I am happy to be quite hon­est,” Ndiraya told Su­perS­port.

“Be­fore the game I told my boys to­day we are play­ing not to lose the match and that is ex­actly what we did.

“It is not pleas­ing to drop two points at home but look this is Dy­namos we are talk­ing about.

“I am happy with the point and it will give us con­fi­dence go­ing for­ward.

“We were in con­trol of the game, of course there were some mo­ments when they came at us but our de­fence stood res­o­lute and I think it will give us con­fi­dence, re­mem­ber we are com­ing from two de­feats and to get a draw, I am happy with that.

“I will take that, go home and sleep.”

The for­mer Dy­namos coach said his club have al­ready sur­passed ex­pec­ta­tions since he ar­rived to take over a stricken ship.

“Our first pri­or­ity was to sur­vive rel­e­ga­tion, then we are go­ing to wait, we will still wait for op­por­tu­ni­ties if they are pre­sented, why not take them but at the mo­ment we are still fight­ing to sur­vive, but if the teams above us drop points and we gain more then why not re­vise our tar­gets?” said Ndiraya. Dy­namos coach Lloyd Mu­tasa rued the chances they wasted. “I think like I have said be­fore, we wanted three points. We had some chances in the first half and sec­ond half, some slight chances, but we failed to con­vert, so if you can­not score, you can­not get three points,” said Mu­tasa.

The gaffer was hop­ing for some con­sis­tency, in terms of win­ning, af­ter his men beat Harare City 2-1 in their las t match.

“Ob­vi­ously, not get­ting a goal, not get­ting three points, with where we are it is a dent as we would have loved to win all our re­main­ing matches but such is foot­ball,” said Mu­tasa.

“It is not good enough but Dy­namos is not the first in­sti­tu­tion to go through such a patch.

“We will go back and fight for the next points.”

Although Ngezi Plat­inum were en­joy­ing bet­ter ball pos­ses­sion for large pe­ri­ods of the game, Dy­namos had some good chances, es­pe­cially to­wards the end of the first half.

Masimba Mam­bare’s shot was saved by Ngezi goal­keeper Chris Mverechena while Takunda Sadiki’s header was also blocked.

Dy­namos de­fender God­knows Mur­wira’s cross was a shade too slow while Den­ver Mukamba also had his ef­fort saved.

Mukamba had his trade­mark move into en­emy ter­ri­tory in the sec­ond half beat­ing Tal­ent Cham­boko only for his shot to hit the side net­ting.

The hosts’ best chances fell to for­wards James Ngu­luve and Tal­ent Cham­boko but they could not beat goal­keeper Tatenda Muku­ruva.

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