Dynamos goalkeeper Washington Arubi came to the rescue of his side again as the much-hyped Harare derby at Rufaro Stadium Sunday lived up to its high billing in terms of entertainment value but was spoiled by lack of goals.
Arubi produced top-of-the-range saves and went home a rich man with appreciative Dynamos fans throwing wads of cash at him. Strikers from both sides connived to miss chances while Arubi once again proved why he is the number one Warriors goalkeeper with match-winning saves at the end of the game as Caps United probed for a winner.
It was another two points lost for Dynamos, who are now on 54 points and still trail log leaders Motor Action by four points. Caps United remain on fourth position with 40 points. Dynamos assistant coach Tichaona Diya was satisfied with the draw, despite his team seemingly losing the grip on leaders Motor Action.
“It was a point gained than two points lost, half a loaf is better than nothing,” said Diya after the match.
“We had two clearcut chances and we missed, but a draw was a fair result from our side.”
He also had praise for his goalkeeper Arubi for the five-star performance he dished out again to save his side which was under threat from the Green Machine especially in the last 10 minutes.
“He had a good game and he deserves to be the man of the match again. He has proved once again why he is the Dynamos and Warriors first-choice goalkeeper,” said Diya.
Caps United coach Moses Chunga said he was happy with the way players from both teams played.
“The fans got value for their money, it was a very interesting match, and it reminded me of yesteryear derbies. Overall, players from both sides gave a good account of themselves and a draw is a fair result of the match,” said Chunga.
Chunga also had praise for Arubi for the sterling performance by the Dynamos goalkeeper.
“He was the difference in the game, he won it for Dynamos. But I wanted Edmore (Sibanda) to test him with three or four free kicks but we did not get many of them,” said Chunga.
Caps United were the better side and controlled the match but found Arubi in an uncompromising mood. His best saves of the game came in the last 10 minutes of the game when he blocked a ferocious Frank Kwame shot from inside the box, and then made a one-hand save to deny a Joel Luphahla cross that was threatening to settle in the top corner.
Dynamos: W Arubi, P Sithole, G Magariro, G Zhokinyi, B Tuwaya, M Makopa, T Kamusoko (E Mashiri 51st min), M Murape, B Marere, W Sithole (A Gutu 71st min), E Gwekwerere (D Chivandire 75th min)
Caps United: E Sibanda, G Mapemba, C Kawinga, C Denias (M Samaneka 49 min), R Sengu, N Mukumbi, L Chibwiro (J Luphahla 49th min), K Ndumiso, F Kwame, P Tafirenyika, E Chapfungamoyo