SHABANIE MINE . . . . 0 DYNAMOS . . . . . . . . . . 0
MUKUDZEI CHINGWERE SPORTS CORRESPONDENT
SHABANIE MINE retained their invincibility status at home restricting champions Dynamos to a goalless draw at Maglas Stadium in an entertaining Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) match.
Since Kalisto Pasuwa took over the reins at Dynamos, he is yet to collect maximum points at Maglas with all the matches ending in draws.
The reigning league champions came into the match desperate for a win following two consecutive league defeats while the Chinda Boys were faultless at home this term following three wins against Triangle, Bantu Rovers and Black Rhinos.
Shabanie Mine coach John Phiri acknowledged that a draw was a fair result for both sides and praised his charges for a good showing in the second stanza. “It was a fair result for either side. We were jittery in the first half. Maybe the boys were intimidated by the name of their opponents, but the response in the second half was encouraging,” said Phiri.
Pasuwa as usual bemoaned a glut of missed chances by his charges.
“We are getting into scoring positions, but we are not scoring. We have been dominating most of our games, but we need to work on converting our chances. They (Shabanie) play well at home, but next time we will work on addressing our shortcomings to get three points,” said Pasuwa.
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Dynamos controlled the match from the onset with Devon Chafa testing Victor Twaliki in goal for Shabanie Mine with a long range shot which he pushed wide for a corner.
Ten minutes later Chafa released Tafadzwa Rusike on the right who collided with Twaliki, who had to leave the game due to the injury.
Thirty minutes into the game Rusike missed Simba Sithole’s cross with Twaliki’s replacement London Zulu a beaten man.
Shabanie Mine came back after the breather with a lot of verve and urgency in attack and four minutes into the second Daniel Chakupe beat George Chigova with a powerful shot, but his effort was disallowed by referee Thomas Massa who adjudged that he had controlled the ball with his hand before he pulled the trigger.
Sithole again failed to beat Zulu in the 68th minute with a free header after he was fed by Ocean Mushure.
With four minutes left of regulation time Blessing Moyo tested the resolve of Zulu with a powerful long range shot but the keeper was equal to the task. The home team could have won the match right at the death but Ashley Mukwena was slow to react after he was sent through by Douglas Sibanda allowing Steven Alimenda to recover and scramble the ball to safety.
RESULTS AT A GLANCE Yesterday: ZPC Kariba 1-1 Highlanders, Shabanie Mine 0-0 Dynamos, Hwange 2- 0 Bantu Rovers, Buffaloes 1- 0 FC Platinum Saturday: Chicken Inn 1-2 How Mine, Chiredzi 0-0 Chapungu, Caps United 2-0 Black Rhinos Friday: Harare City 2-1 Triangle