Dy­namos feel the heat

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - FRONT PAGE - Don Makanyanga in NGEZI

STUNG by the re­al­ity that they were star­ing a painful de­feat, one that could cost them the Cas­tle Lager Premier Soc­cer League ti­tle, Dy­namos sup­port­ers yes­ter­day at­tacked ri­val Ngezi Plat­inum Stars fans and in­vaded the pitch, bring­ing their match to a temporary halt.

The 2-0 score­line in favour of Ngezi saw the hosts shoot to the top of the log on goal dif­fer­ence, while Dy­namos are third and two points be­hind the lead­ers and FC Plat­inum.

With three games to go to the end of the sea­son, Dy­namos crum­bled on the pitch and their fans blew their tops in the ter­races.

Two sec­ond half goals from Qadr Amini in the 54th minute and Xolisani Moyo two min­utes later did the dam­age for a com­pact Ngezi side.

Then in the 78th minute, sens­ing that there would likely be no way back for DeMbare in this game, the vis­i­tors’ sup­port­ers at­tacked Ngezi fans and in­vaded the pitch.

When the match re­sumed, DeMbare had a Mar­shal Mac­haz­ane goal dis­al­lowed af­ter ref­eree Brighton Chimene judged there was an in­fringe­ment on Ngezi ‘keeper Tak­abva Mawaya be­fore the tall cen­tre-back blasted the ball home.

Ngezi Plat­inum kept their lines and held on for a cru­cial vic­tory.

Win­ning coach Ton­der­ayi Ndi­raya chose to use the post-match in­ter­view to reaf­firm his re­spect for Dy­namos gaffer Llod Mu­tasa.

“I re­spect Lloyd as a coach and our re­la­tion­ship re­mains cor­dial, the in­ci­dent that hap­pened was about emo­tions and it is bound to hap­pen in a game of such mag­ni­tude,” said Ndi­raya. “Points are not fought on the field of play alone but off it also.”

Ngezi moved to 60 points, level with FC Plat­inum but the Mhon­doro side en­joy a bet­ter goal dif­fer­ence go­ing into the last four rounds of fix­tures.

“There are still 12 points to play (for) and it’s a good thing that we are now on top but we will need to keep work­ing hard,” said Ndi­raya.

A fu­ri­ous Mu­tasa claimed the ball boys were us­ing time wast­ing an­tics, but re­mained con­vinced his charges could still land the ti­tle.

“There are no such kind of ball boys,” he said. “There are some things that are beyond our con­trol and we can­not com­ment on such but we can’t ac­cept such. No coach would want to lose but we had a lapse in con­cen­tra­tion and the destiny is no longer in our hands.

“We have to fo­cus on the re­main­ing matches and see what hap­pens,” said Mu­tasa.

Be­lieve Nyakud­jara — Pic­tures by

Vi­o­lence reared its ugly head once again at Baobab in Mhon­doro yes­ter­day.

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