Dy­namos lose mo­men­tum in top four chase

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ed­die Chikamhi

Dy­namos 1 - 1 Hwange DY­NAMOS’ hopes of a top four fin­ish were left in jeop­ardy af­ter the slug­gish Harare gi­ants set­tled for a share of the spoils with Hwange in a Cas­tle Lager Premier Soc­cer League match at Ru­faro yes­ter­day.

The Glam­our Boys, who are now play­ing to sal­vage what re­mains of their pride in a bar­ren sea­son, slipped into sixth place on the log stand­ings with the draw.

Takunda Sadiki put them into the lead 11 min­utes into the game with a fine strike but they failed to sus­tain the ad­van­tage as they al­lowed the vis­i­tors to claw back into the game through Os­car Lungu in the 33rd minute.

It was a brave fight from the coal min­ers who had trav­elled the long jour­ney from Hwange against the back­drop of a crip­pling strike which af­fected their prepa­ra­tions.

The Hwange play­ers spent much of the week up in arms against their man­age­ment over un­paid dues and had to make hec­tic travel ar­range­ments to ful­fil the fix­ture.

Dy­namos made nu­mer­ous changes to their start­ing line-up with most of the reg­u­lars like Ocean Mushure, Stephen Ali­menda, God­knows Mur­wira, Den­ver Mukamba and Tatenda Muku­ruva ei­ther on the sub­sti­tutes’ bench or not in­cluded in the squad.

In the end there was noth­ing much to separate the sides as Hwange cel­e­brated a point gained while DeMbare coach Lloyd Mu­tasa counted it as two points lost.

“We want to be part of the top four but we will take each game as it comes and see what hap­pens. Ev­ery coach and ev­ery team would want to fin­ish on a good note. Play­ing at home, you would want to get the max­i­mum points.

“So this draw is good for Hwange, not for us,” said Mu­tasa.

Sadiki gave them the lead when he ran into space to meet a flick by Ja­cob Mu­zokomba and un­leashed a low shot that de­ceived goal­keeper Ty­mon Mvula.

Cap­tain of the day Obey Mw­er­a­hari then had his header blocked on the goalline by an alert de­fender from a cor­ner kick on 25 min­utes.

DeMbare, how­ever, were not so lucky when they made a half-hearted clear­ance from a cor­ner kick just a few min­utes later as Hwange mid­fielder Lunga pounced on a loose ball in a crowded penalty box and placed the ball be­yond goal­keeper Ton­derai Mateyaunga.

The in­tro­duc­tion of Den­ver Mukamba soon af­ter the restart gave DeMbare the im­pe­tus go­ing for­ward.

Young for­ward Tawanda Macheke, who was thrown into the fray mid­way through the sec­ond half, also kept the Hwange de­fend­ers on their feet.

Hwange coach Me­bele Njekwa was happy with his team’s per­for­mance.

“We were Doubt­ing Thomases when we came here but as the game pro­gressed we could sense that we could get some­thing from it. So it was only a psy­cho­log­i­cal is­sue to work on. So we say, well done to the boys and tough luck to Dy­namos.

“We came here in search of a point and it could have been a bonus if we had won this game. Any team would want to beat Dy­namos but un­for­tu­nately for Hwange in the last two sea­sons it has been dead­locks all the time,” said Njekwa.

Lloyd Mu­tasa

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