An own goal by Dynamos midfielder skipper Stephen Alimenda on the stroke of 90 minutes denied the defending champions maximum points as they squandered an opportunity to close the gap on Chicken Inn after playing out a 1-1 draw against Tsholotsho at Barbourfields Stadium yesterday.
BY FORTUNE MBELE
TSHOLOTSHO . . . . . . (0) 1
DYNAMOS . . . . . . . . . (1) 1
Takesure Chinyama shrugged off a challenge from Tsholotsho defender to thrust DeMbare ahead inside seven minutes.
But Alimenda’s miscued attempt at a clearance ensured that the home side picked up the point, after which he wept uncontrollably after the match.
When referee Allen Basvi blew to end the match, a section of unruly Dynamos fans scaled the perimeter fence on the Mpilo end, tore down the nets and damaged the goalpost.
It was a bad day for the Glamour Boys as left-back Ocean Mushure saw red with eight minutes still to be played after he picked up two yellow cards.
Basvi cautioned Mushure in the 29th minute for a tackle from behind on Tsholotsho’s Kriess Chitiyo and was shown another yellow card in the 82nd for time-wasting.
Obey Mwerahari had to restrain the visibly angry Mushure who was advancing at the referee after he was given his marching orders.
Dynamos coach Tonderai Ndiraya conceded that his side dropped two points, but pointed out that the referee was too harsh on his players who received a total of five yellow cards.
DeMbare remain on position three, tied on 36 points with Triangle who played a goalless draw against How Mine at the same venue.
“It was not a very good performance on our side,” Ndiraya said.
“We had done well to score, but there was lapse of concentration. I think it is because of fatigue. It is two points dropped. Five matches in two weeks is a big task.”
After the goal, Dynamos did not make any meaningful attacks, playing a more defensive game with the home side dominating possession.
Tsholotsho coach Lizwe Sweswe said they should have won the match, but his charges wasted a number of chances especially in the first half.
“We played very well, dominated the whole game which we should have won,” Sweswe said. “I had just told my boys to in there and enjoy. It is a very important point for us especially playing against Dynamos.”
TSHOLOTSHO: N Marichi, M Phiri, W Stima, D Dzvinyai (R Masuku 86’), T Ncube, B Ncube, O Ncube (S Khoza 68’), K Chitiyo, J Luphahla, N Gama (T Jaravani 68’), L Chikuhwa
DYNAMOS: T Mukuruva, G Murwira, O Mushure (82’), S Linyama, E Muroiwa, C Rusere, R Chitiyo (F Mupasiri 88’), S Alimenda, T Chinyama (T Mateyaunga 88’), R Mutuma (R Kawondera 58’), O Mwerahari