Ndiraya lauds new team spirit


DYNAMOS coach Tonderai Ndiraya  praised strikers Emmanuel Paga and Bill Antonio and defender Tinotenda Muringai for stellar performances in the clubs’ first win this year in the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League when they dispatched Bulawayo Chiefs at Barbourfields Stadium on Saturday.

Ghanaian Paga and the young Antonio, who came in from the bench in the second half, scored in either half for Dynamos to pick the three points from bogey side Bulawayo Chiefs, while Muringai had a good show in central defence.

Ndiraya believes scoring two goals is a good sign for the future of the Glamour Boys.

“I am happy for Emmanuel Paga. He scored his first goal today. Like I have said before, we have to import goals but I am also happy that we scored more than a goal today which is quite unusual to our team but I hope this is a sign of good things to come. I hope we can keep working more, especially on our finishing and get more goals. I am happy for young Bill Antonio for scoring his first goal again today. He has been with us, he is developing and I hope the goal today will give him confidence,” Ndiraya said after the game.

On Muringai, the gaffer had this to say: “Apart from all the experience that we have in the team, I also want to single out Tinotenda Muringai. I think he had a blinder of a game today in the heart of defence. It was a good show from him. He had not played for some time now, but for him to just be picked from nowhere and put up a good show like that shows that the boy is also developing quite well.”

Defender Brandon Mpofu, a former Bulawayo Chiefs player and Godknows Murwira also executed themselves very well in Dynamos’ third win in six outings which shot them to position six on the log table.

Ndiraya was also happy with all the players saying they quickly adapted to a new formation, changed after the home defeat to Chicken Inn in the previous weekend.

“It was a very good first half tactically. It is always go to come this far and really play the way you want to play. But I want to give credit to the players today. They stuck to what we really wanted to do. The boys took the instructions quite so well. It was a brilliant first half for me. Of course towards the end, in the critical moments of the game, we slowed down a bit which is quite normal. When you have travelled you start to have some heavy legs but I think we held on to the lead that we got in the first half. When you play away from home you don’t normally go out to attack. You rely on fast-breaks and counterattacks and we executed the plan well,” Ndiraya said.

He added: “It’s work in progress, I am excited that we have picked up three points; our first set of three points this year after really not doing so well in the past two games but I think we have to give it all to the boys for working for the three points.”

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