Dynamos team manager Richard Chihoro has admitted that his team’s poor performance this season is a result of lack of a match winner in the form of contract rebel, Christian Joel Ntouba Epoupa.
By Tongai Mwenje and Carlo Chikomba
In an exclusive interview with SportBrief, Chihoro who was recently readmitted into the Dynamos team said the current situation at the Harare giants is a manifestation of Epoupa’s absence.
“The team is different from the one from last season. If you look at the players that we have lost, players like Epuopa who was the second top goal-scorer last season and Denver Mukamba, who was also big for us last season, with those players gone we don’t have match winners at the present moment.
“We don’t have that bite upfront so we expect to get some strikers in the upcoming transfer window,” he said.
Dynamos who almost scooped the prestigious local premier league championship last season, have looked a pale shadow of themselves as they got to their worst start of the season after bagging 17 points in 16 matches.
Their goal scoring rate is somewhat not worthy of a giant. This has left them at the mercy of relegation as they now occupy 13th position, a mere two places away from the relegation zone.
Although their latest 1-0 win away to Mutare City does provide some solace, the Harare Giants had been on a six match winless streak prior to that.
And Chihoro had been quick to point out that poor officiating was one of the reasons for his side losing some of those matches.
“There are some games we were supposed to win but we didn’t maybe because of poor officiating. There’s a game against Herentals, we were supposed to have been awarded a penalty but we didn’t get it.
“Then we look at the Game at Gibbo (against Triangle), in the build up to their second goal there was an infringement on our player and the referee let play continue. That frustrated us and then there was a red card and we couldn’t get back into the game. Maybe we can say lady luck was not on our side,” he added.
Whether or not we can substantiate Chihoro’s claims is a story for another day but what is certain is that the Glamour Boys surely need to pull up their socks sooner rather than later or they risk being dragged into a relegation dogfight this season.