FOR THE third time in a row, Castle Lager Premier Soccer League champions Dynamos failed to hit the net when they were held to a goalless draw at Shabanie Mine on Sunday.
The fact that struggling Black Rhinos and Bantu Rovers are the only other teams who have the same statistics as that of the Harare giants in the last three matches, puts into perspective how things are getting skewed at the club.
Before the Sunday’s result, Dynamos had been beaten 1-0 away to Chapungu and were also shocked by Buffaloes last week by the same scoreline, bringing to the fore their toothless strikeforce.
The Kalisto Pasuwa-coached side now find themselves in an unfamiliar ninth position with 10 points, four behind joint log leaders Hwange and Buffaloes.
Dynamos’ misfiring strikers has let them down on a consistent basis and their negative contribution is threatening to cost the club not only the title, but the season itself.
The six strikers on Dynamos’ books this season have scored just two goals between them in seven matches which is dismal if one considers that Highlanders goalkeeper Munyaradzi Diya has scored three goals in five.
It gets even more worrying for the Dynamos fans when they realise that the two goals that are recorded against a long list of their strikers were scored in one match by one player Anesu Gondo against Harare City.
Besides Gondo who appears the better of the rest, the other strikers at Dynamos this season are Washington Pakamisa, who surprisingly continues to get the nod ahead of others almost every week despite his glaring shortcomings in front of goal, Simba Sithole, Patrick Kumbula, Farai Mupasir, and Clive Kawinga, who has not seen much action this season due to an injury.
Pasuwa has constantly backed his selection for Pakamisa although it is becoming increasingly clear that the former Caps United cannot fire them to the fourth straight title they are fighting for.
In Zvishavane, Pasuwa started with Sithole upfront, but he also made very little impact.
Dynamos is now basing their trust on the returning Rodreck Mutuma whose transfer back to the club is dragging long than had been initially expected. He is now likely to feature after the July transfer window after Dynamos entered two different dates on the Fifa TMS.
But then, Mutuma despite his unquestionable abilities, he is far from a prolific striker that the club is desperate of at the moment.
The club is hoping that attacking midfielders Masimba Mambare and Tawanda Muparati, two players who are very capable of scoring goals, will return to fitness very soon, particularly for their weekend match against city rivals Caps United in the ZNA Charity Shield semi-final match.
The two have resumed training although it’s still unclear on when they will return to competitive football.