Dynamos . . . . . . . . . . . . . (0) 1
Triangle . . . . . . . . . . . . .(0) 1
DAVID Mandigora needed a heavy security escort after the match as Dynamos, for the second week in a row, could only manage a home draw, this time against Triangle in a Castle Lager Premiership match at the National Sports Stadium yesterday.
On Monday, Dynamos drew 0-0 with Tsholotsho at Rufaro Stadium and Mandigora was abused by a section of the team’s fans.
It was the same situation yesterday after Ocean Mushure salvaged a point at the death via a free kick after Felix Kuswatuka had given Triangle the lead in the 65th minute.
A switch to the National Sports Stadium could not save Mandigora from the abusive fans as they chanted derogatory songs directed at him in the second half with the champions trailing the visitors. Referee Thabani Bamala awarded a free kick and Praise Tonha had his shot parried back into play by goalkeeper Artwell Mukandi, but an alert Kuswatuka bundled the ball into the nets to silence the predominantly Dynamos fans.
Having dominated the entire first half, Triangle grew in confidence after the goal, with their methodical build-ups and Lameck Nhamo troubled the Dynamos defence with his forays into the danger zone. Dynamos, however, also threatened with Patrick Khumbula and Oscar Machapa coming close. The goal remained stubbornly elusive and there was frustration in the stands as fans erupted into derogatory songs directed at the coach.
But a late rally saw the champions earning a crucial goal courtesy of a free kick by Mushure in referee’s optional time.
Said Mandigora after the match: “The players showed greater character to come from behind and get the result. We could have lost 1-0. We didn’t play very well. We didn’t create many chances today (yesterday). We were playing a very good side that is quick on the ball. We need to work hard for us to improve. I am really worried by the way we are dropping points at home. We need to continue working hard.”
Mandigora had to be escorted by four bouncers at the end of the match.
Triangle assistant coach Biggie Zuze said they were pleased to get a point against Dynamos.
“We conceded because of a lapse in concentration. It looked like it was not a dangerous ball, but it bounced and went in. But we are happy with the performance of the boys. Getting a point away especially against Dynamos is a good result. We created a good number of chances. We are a scoring team, but today we couldn’t score,” said Zuze.
Dynamos: A Mukandi, G Murwira, O Mushure, A Mbara, S Linyama, S Alimenda, W Mukanga, R Chitiyo, O Machapa (M Mambare 68th), C Rusere (F Mupasiri 68th), P Khumbula (D Chungwa 77th)
Triangle: R Mudimu, P Tonha, M Nelson, J Tigere, C Rukwanhi, T Chipunza, P Manhanga, H Bakacheza (M Mukumba 58th), H Mavundi, R Kawondera (F Kuswatuka 58th), L Nhamo