HARARE giants Dynamos battled out for a drab goalless draw against Howmine at Rufaro Stadium on Thursday, few days after settling for a similar scoreline at Nyamhunga Stadium against ZPC Kariba.
By Tafadzwa Ndiraire
The three draws by Dynamos in the last three matches of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League seemed a minor setback to the Harare giants’ cause this term, but Thursady’s home and fourth successive draw against debutants Howmine certainly got many of their followers into panic mode.
The result left the Harare giants on 27 points trailing bitter city rivals Caps United by eight points.
Lloyd Mutasa who has punched above his weight to put the team in a very strong position in the championship race after a miserable start to the season under Paulo Jorge Silva said lack of anticipation by his forwards in the final third remains the team’s biggest undoing. He however said they were positives drawn from the match and that he would work to redress the problems.
“It’s still very worrisome we go four games without scoring I think is not good for for us. to go for f But such is football we have to go back to the drawing board and try as much as we can to work on that. I think we are getting into the attacking third but an element of anticipation from our youngsters is a bit down,” said Mutasa.
Asked about the chances in the championship race he said: “ No wonder from the onset I have said the destiny of the championship is not in our hands. We are playing a chase game and if we can not score it becomes very difficult but I am sure we will get it right.”
His counterpart Kelvin Kaindu was also not happy with the result and said Dynamos dominated the first half but they were stronger in the second half in which they closed them down..He said maximum points would have lifted them up.
“Not good for us. If you look at the way the log is standing its not good. The way it is, is very tight If you manage three points you move if you don’t get those three points you either go down or stay where you are. I think we could have got a winner in the last ten minutes when we created chances but unfortunately we managed to get point. Today we tried in possession although Dynamos came stronger in the first half but the only time they were dangerous was when they played the long balls from the back but I thought we closed them down in the second half in which we created chances,” said Kaindu.
Dynamos dominated the first half with Mukamba warming up the hands of goalkeeper Bernard Donovan in the first minute before Masimba Mambare missed a headed opportunity from a corner kick by Ocean Mushure.
How Mine also had a chance on 20 minutes but directed his effort wide in the penalty area. Mutuma was guilty of a miss on 71 minutes when he reacted slowly to an outstanding pass by Kudzanai Nyakasaka.
But How Mine could have sealed victory at the death through substitute Fungai Chirinda whose pile driver went just wide. How Mine remain in the relegation zone in thirteenth position on the log with 20 points.
Elsewhere, Manicaland based team, Mutare City shocked the Erol Akbay led team Highlanders by beating them 2: 1 in their own backyard.