Black Rhinos . . . . . 0
Dynamos . . . . . . . . 0
By Henry Mhara in Kadoma
DYNAMOS coach Kalisto Pasuwa yesterday admitted his team’s chances of retaining the Premier Soccer League title were getting slimmer and slimmer after his side failed to close the gap on log leaders Harare City when they were held to a frustrating draw by a stubborn Black Rhinos at a bumpy Rimuka Stadium yesterday.
The draw, their ninth of the season, left the league champions five points behind pacesetters City, who beat FC Platinum 2-0 on Saturday.
“It’s getting tough now,” conceded Pasuwa in his post-match analysis.
“The gap is opening up, but we need to soldier on until the end. If we are going to win the championship, we should start winning matches outside Harare.”
Rhinos coach Arthur Tutani welcomed the point.
“I’m very happy and proud of the boys because they played according to instructions and managed to force a draw against Dynamos who have won the championship consecutively,” Tutani said.
Without his regular strikers Washington Pakamisa and Clive Kawinga through injury, Pasuwa started the match with Allan Tavarwisa and Farai Mupasiri upfront.
The two combined to create the first chance of the match as early as the second minute, but Mupasiri reacted slowly to his partner’s flick-on.
Mupasiri had the ball in the back of the net on 11 minutes after getting to the end of a Tawanda Muparati through pass, but the flag was up for an offside.
At the other end, Rhinos striker Brighton Mugoni was making a nuisance of himself and his through ball in the 13th minute found Brian Muzondiwa who fell under the challenge of Sydney Linyama, and with the home side expecting a penalty, the referee booked the striker for simulation.
The next real chance fell to the troublesome Mugoni on 17 minutes, but his free header went wide and minutes later his striking partner Muzondiwa blasted his shot high and wide.
In the second half, it was the same story with Patson Jaure, who was playing as a rightback, galloping forward, but shooting wide.
The best chance of the game came in the 70th minute when Mupasiri ran clear and released a snap shot, but Rhinos keeper Herbert Rusawo blocked it.
Dynamos goalkeeper George Chigova tried from a free kick, but still the goal was elusive.
Black Rhinos: H Rusawo, J Mukombese, B Homora, S Jimu, M Kurewa (B Chandisaita 87’), T Muchacha, B Muzondiwa, C Zimbawu, W Kapinda, B Mugoni, W Masenda.
Dynamos: G Chigova, G Bello, S Linyama, P Jaure, A Mbara, T Magorimbo, R Madamombe (T Mabvura 87’), C Sekete (Murape 70’), T Muparati, F Mupasiri, A Tavarwisa (B Bogere, 72’)