Champions Dynamos held, blow title away

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DYNAMOS wasted several chances to draw 0-0 against Harare City in a Castle Lager Premiership match at Rufaro on Sunday, leaving their championship dreams in tatters.
With five games left before the end of the season, Dynamos coach Tonderai Ndiraya said the championship was now for Chicken Inn and FC Platinum to lose.
“Our strikers were off today, they were off duty. I thought we controlled the game. Most parts of the game we were in control. We created lots of chances, plenty of them but we could not put them away.
“I think we dominated the whole match. The guys fought hard. They did everything to win the match but it wasn’t our day.
“I think we have one of the most reliable strikers in the country in Takesure and Roderick.
“They tried their best today, they got into scoring positions but here we are at the end of the day with nothing. They did their best and that is football. We just have to move on.
“We will keep fighting. We still have five games to go but like I said in previous interviews it’s not in our hands anymore and we would still want to continue pushing hard and see where we are at the end of the season.
“It’s for FC Platinum and Chicken Inn to lose. But we are not throwing in the towel yet. We will keep fighting, working hard until we finish our games,” said Ndiraya.
Chinyama and Mutuma came close on several occasions but were wasteful in front of goal.
Ocean Mushure, who captained the team, also watched his stunning free kick outside the penalty area on 49 minutes hitting the cross bar.
Harare City also threatened in the second half with Martin Vengesayi’s pace appearing to trouble the Harare giants.
Nathan Ziwin, who came in for William Manondo on 53 minutes, had his effort saved by Dynamos goalkeeper Tatenda Mukuruva in the 56th minutes. The two teams could however not be separated at the final whistle.
But the result left Dynamos six points off the mark.
Chicken Inn, who staged one of the greatest comeback stories in football to score two goals in three minutes and beat How Mine 2-1, now have 52 points.
FC Platinum, who also overcame WhaWha 3-0 remain second with 48 points with five matches left in the campaign.
Harare City assistant coach Mike Madzivanyika said he was happy with a point and remained confident of a top four finish.Advertisement

“We are happy with a point away from home although we could have got all three points in the second half. We had a couple of chances and if we had put them in the score line could have been different.
“We didn’t have much of a good first half and I think our boys came lively in the second half and we became lively in the second half.
“We put in some ball players in the midfield and they had some good exchanges there and I think we took control of the midfield in the second half,” said Madzivanyika.