Mutoko Traders hold Dembare

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Dynamos found the going tough when they failed to get a shot on target in a goalless draw against a determined Division one side, Mutoko Traders at a bumpy but packed Chikondoma stadium in Mutoko.

By John Mokwetsi

It was a frustrating match for the visitors who failed to breakdown a hardworking Mutoko Traders who fielded a new team after losing seven players to various teams.

There soft spoken coach Abraham Makwarimba told NewsDay that Tadious Baye who was never tested the whole afternoon was a goalkeeper he got from a rural social side and had never played at any other level in his football career.

ON FIRE:  Mutoko Traders FC coach Abraham Makwarimba churns out instructions to his players
ON FIRE: Mutoko Traders FC coach Abraham Makwarimba churns out instructions to his players

“I have a new team and we are getting somewhere. We could have won this game and a draw does not excite me. The team is proud of the new players who are mostly from the community,” said Kwarimba

Dynamos who fielded midfielder Carlos Rusere as a striker alongside Farai Mupasiri never threatened a well marshalled Mutoko Traders defence that was led by the highly rated Herbert Utete.

While Dynamos had the best of the interplay the bumpy field did not allow either teams to play a flowing game resulting in an afternoon of long balls and the complains from fans who travelled from as far as Harare.

Dynamos’ new gaffer Paulo Jorge Silva paced restlessly and looked miffed throughout the match. It took him only 35 minutes to substitute four players, Godknows Murwira, Masimba Mambare, Valentine Ndaba and Carlos Rusere for Dominic Mukandi, Musa Madhiri, Brett Amidu and Ocean Mushure.

UMMM NOT SO HAPPY... Dembare coach Paul Silva folds his arms and watches as his charges face a tough time against Mutare Traders FC
UMMM NOT SO HAPPY… Dembare coach Paul Silva folds his arms and watches as his charges face a tough time against Mutoko Traders FC

Despite a few runs by Mushure and Amidu, Mutoko Traders ‘ Utete and Batsirai Gondo were unyielding at the back.

Both teams failed to get a shot on target something the Dynamos gaffer blamed on the pitch.

PICTURESQUE: The game was played at Chikondoma Stadium, which, despite its bumpy turf, is situated close to the scenic kopje as seen in this picture
PICTURESQUE: The game was played at Chikondoma Stadium, which, despite its bumpy turf, is situated close to the scenic kopje as seen in this picture

“I am still trying combinations but this was a poor pitch and the boys played well under the circumstances,” Silva said.

15 COMMENTS

  1. But you were saying on the same pitch with your opponents.Do not blame the ground. Well done Mtoko Boys. Dembare has been exposed.Its useless.

  2. This is good news and so called big teams should visit these areas like Murewa, Mutoko, Mudzi, Dotito etc and play small teams. This will help in the developing our soccer.
    Is it Mutoko traders or Mutare traders? Am seeing a mix here.

  3. that is definitely good for the development of Zim football; though its another bad day for Zim journalism. The bleeps and blunders go on, this is not the first-Mutoko, Mutare…?? As for the Dynamos coach’s justification, it does not stand to reason, you played on the same pitch.!! If you are not as good as you are touted, beware, you may be using the same excuse until end of the coming season…….

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