Shabanie Mine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (0) 1
Dynamos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (0) 1
Report by John Mokwetsi
DYNAMOS’ frailties in front of goal were once again exposed when they were held by a 10-man Shabanie Mine in a pulsating Castle Premier Soccer League match at Maglas in Zvishavane yesterday.
This is Dynamos’ third draw in as many matches following similar scorelines against Black Mambas and Chicken Inn.
Dynamos gaffer Kalisto Pasuwa, clearly under pressure from the hard-to-please Dynamos supporters, admitted that the man he once called a revelation, Boban Zirintusa, needed more time to blend in.
Zirintusa, who missed two clear chances, was booed by supporters for his lethargic performance in front of goal. His only consolation was providing the 60th minute assist to Patrick Khumbula for Dynamos’ goal.
The cog urgently required in the team’s engine was evidently missing as the creativity gap that Denver Mukamba left is becoming evident by each fixture.
Cliff Sekete, who has been the light in the dark tunnel, was hardly noticeable in the first half and Ocean Mushure has never been the same since the defeat of the Warriors by Egypt.
Mushure was to concede a free-kick at the edge of the box and Shabanie responded nine minutes from time with a fantastic curling shot by left-back Munyaradzi Kunyarimwe that eluded an impressive Artwell Mukandi.
Pasuwa said: “The problem is clearly in front of goal. Boban is getting into scoring positions, which is good, but the finishing is eluding him.
“The team played well, but this is a slow start to the league and we hope to improve.”
Shabanie Mine, who had until this match failed to score a goal, matched their much-fancied opponent man-to-man.
Their failure to score early could only be attributed to the industry of the Dynamos defence marshalled by Gift Bello.
Shabanie’s twin strikeforce of Tarisai Rukanda and Pervington Zimunya took turns to fail to connect. The introduction of the aggressive Caleb Masocha saw Dynamos back-pedalling, but the Glamour Boys were heavily helped by a red card flashed at central defender Smart Muchabaiwa after using foul language to the referee in the second half.
Shabanie coach Arnold Jani said: “The team played well. We did not deserve a red card. I think this will give confidence to the young players.”