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Dynamos in Harare City draw as Triangle checked

No way past ... Dynamos' Ronald Chitiyo tries to evade two Harare City players

25/04/2015 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
Full of trickery ... Dynamos Blessing Moyo on Saturday

UNBEATEN Triangle came unstuck against struggling Flame Lilly but Dynamos failed to take full advantage of the table toppers’ stumble as they were held to a nil-all draw by Harare City in premiership games played Saturday.

The result in Harare and Triangle’s slip-up allowed Chicken Inn to assume top-spot after they beat Luke Masomere’s How Mine 1-0 at Luveve while Norma Mapeza’s troubles continued as FC Platinum lost 1-2 to WhaWha.

Dynamos and Triangle went into the weekend games tied at 13 points at the top of the league table but with Kelvin Kaindu’s unbeaten side boasting a better goal difference and the easier of the fixtures away to struggling Flame Lilly.

However, the defending champions failed to find the back of the net at Rufaro against City who had the better of the chances and will likely be more disappointed with the shared spoils.

Dynamos’ Ocean Mushure could have to put his side ahead on 15 minutes but his free kick missed Tafadzwa Dube’s goal.

City responded through Martin Vengesayi whose shot at goal was fortuitously cleared Sydney Linyama.

A minute into added time Tino Kadewere could have won it for City but his shot rolled across goal with Dynamos stopper, Artwell Mukandi, a beaten man.

Former Caps United striker Kevin Bulaji could have stolen victory for DeMbare in the 94th minute but contrived to shoot weakly at the City goal-keeper who was happy to save the effort and thus conclude the contest.

Under lock and key ... Masimba Mambare struggles to shake off City attention

Both coaches expressed satisfaction with the outcome.

“I have always felt the team will continue getting better as the season progresses,” said Taurai Mangwiro of City.

“The defeat in our first match against Tsholotsho had put us in the spotlight but I am happy we are slowly stabilising.

“We wanted maximum points today because if you look back you can see there are a number of chances we could have buried but we failed to.

“But again by the same token we also survived a few scary moments as well.”

Dynamos’ David Mandigora said while three points would have been perfect, a draw was not bad either.


“The team is yet to get to where we want it to be, we are still working on a number of grey areas in our game but then it’s a process and it takes time,” he said.

“Although we really wanted all three points, a draw is not a bad result because the game could have gone either way.

“I am happy we didn’t lose and that we didn’t concede any goals.”

Kaindu’s Triangle suffer first league defeat

Terrible pitch won the game for the hosts ... Triangle coach Kelvin Kaindu

KELVIN Kaindu will have expected his side to extend their unbeaten start to the season as they travelled to struggling Flame Lilly who were second from bottom of the table after losing three of their first five matches and drawing two.

But Nesbert Saruchera’s side chose Saturday’s encounter against the pacesetters at Lafarge Stadium to show that they are keen to stay in the top flight.

Triangle however, asked the first questions of the game with Richard nearly giving his side the lead on 21 minutes.

He thought he had made amends on 55 minutes but his celebrations were cut short after referee Munyaradzi Majoni belatedly blew to disallow his effort.

The referee ruled the Triangle striker had infringed Flame Lily goalkeeper, Lloyd Majarira, before stabbing the ball into the net.

At the end of the day, Moses Demera’s strike, two minutes into the second half, was enough give Flame Lily their first win of the season.

Kaindu was disappointed with the loss and lamented that it was the pitch which won the game for the hosts.

“One thing our opponents did was to change the venue to deny us a chance to play our passing game,” he said after the game.

“We had a number of chances that we failed to convert as the surface made it difficult for us to play our game. Our opponents had only two chances that we gifted them and they buried one.

“Looking at where we played we tried to play a good game. If the PSL have seen it fit to play here then all teams will also have to play here.”

Regarding the end of their unbeaten run, Kaindu said: “We knew that this day will come one day and we have to manage losing well.

“We have gone for close to 14 games since last season without a loss and this has been due to team effort.

“Next week we are back at home and we will need to organise ourselves.”

Saruchera was understandably upbeat after claiming his first win of the season.

“I am happy and impressed with how the team played. I knew the win would come some day,” he said.

“I don’t think the pitch was bad. We worked hard for the win and I don’t think we won because of the pitch.”


Saturday:  Chicken Inn 1-0 How Mine (Luveve Stadium), Harare City 0-0 Dynamos (Rufaro Stadium), Flame Lily 1-0 Triangle United (Lafarge Stadium), Whawha 2-1 FC Platinum, (Ascot Stadium)

Sunday:  Caps United v ZPC Kariba (National Sports Stadium), Dongo Sawmill v Highlanders (Vengere Stadium), Chapungu v Hwange (Ascot Stadium), Tsholotsho v Buffaloes (Luveve Stadium).

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