DYNAMOS . . . . . . . . . . . 0
BANTU ROVERS . . . . . .0
DYNAMOS’ championship hopes suffered a major reversal yesterday after they were held to a draw by relegation-bound Bantu Rovers in a Castle Lager Premiership tie at Rufaro Stadium.
The point gained though lifted them back to the top of the league table after ZPC Kariba had 24 hours earlier secured top place after overcoming Harare City 3-2.
But with ZPC Kariba up next in what is clearly the title decider, Kalisto Pasuwa’s men seeking to win four successive league titles are aware another stumble could derail their title ambitions and did not do themselves a favour yesterday.
Dynamos now lead the standings with 54 points with ZPC Kariba a point behind with two more matches left before the end of the campaign.
“We lost the plot again. We wanted to collect maximum points, but we managed to get one point. It’s all part of the game. Maybe the attitude was not right. We were always second to the ball and there was no aggression going forward. This one was our toughest matches and we have to get it right against ZPC Kariba. I don’t think it will be tougher than this one, but I think it will be very interesting to play ZPC Kariba,” Pasuwa said afterwards.
Bantu assistant coach Mandla Mpofu was pleased with the result.
“We were not under pressure at all. We came here to enjoy the game and are happy to collect a point against Dynamos. We were also motivated by our victory over Chapungu in the previous match, but it will be unfortunate if we go down,” Mpofu said.
“But Bantu is a big project which has churned out youngsters like Kuda Mahachi now in South Africa and Marvellous Nakamba who is in Holland. Today, we brought two 16-year-olds Thembalethu Mthunzi and Denzel Khumalo.”
However, it was Dynamos who had started brightly, launching dangerous raids in their opponent’s goal, but the
visitors soaked all the pressure and towards the end of the first half, they grew in confidence, with Teenage Hadebe bossing the midfield, while veteran striker Obadiah Tarumbwa looked dangerous every time he was in possession.
But Dynamos could have emerged winners with maximum points in the end as substitute Farai Mupasiri watched in disappointment his header crashing against the upright in referee’s optional time.
Frustration crept in Dynamos towards the end with most of their passes going astray and showed lack of creativity going forward.
Overally, Rodreck Mutuma, Ronald Chitiyo, Simba Sithole and Washington Pakamisa were of missing clear chances on either side of the half.
DYNAMOS: T Mukuruva, B Moyo, T Ndlovu, A Mbara, T Magorimbo, T Mabvura, C Sekete (Mupasiri 56th), S Sithole, R Chitiyo, R Mutuma (T Rusike 65th), W Pakamisa (F Mupasiri 78th)
BANTU ROVERS: T Mutanga, H Dick, Z Ngodzo, L Ndlela, B Sibanda (D Khumalo 90th),
T Hadebe, B Sikwili, O Tarumbwa, M Majika (T Kutinyu 74th),
N Masuku, G Moraka (T Mthunzi 86th)