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Dynamos held by How Mine as strikers fire blanks again

DYNAMOS’ strikers fired blanks again on Thursday as the Harare side were held to a goalless draw by How Mine in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at Rufaro.
The two teams played out a goalless draw in the reverse fixture. The latest result, the fourth successive draw left Dynamos on 27 points trailing bitter city rivals Caps United by eight points.
Lloyd Mutasa, who has punched above his weight to put the team in a very strong position in the championship race after a miserable start to the season under Paulo Jorge Silva, said the lack of anticipation by his forwards in the final third remains the team’s biggest undoing.
He however, said there were positives drawn from the match and that he would work to redress the problems.
“It’s still very worrisome we go four games without scoring,” he said after the game.
“I think is not good for us, but such is football and we have to go back to the drawing board and try as much as we can to work on that.
“I think we are getting into the attacking third but an element of anticipation from our youngsters is a bit down.”
Asked about their chances in the championship race he said: “No wonder from the onset I have said the destiny of the championship is not in our hands.
“We are playing a chase game and if we cannot score it becomes very difficult but I am sure we will get it right.”
His counterpart Kelvin Kaindu was also not happy with the result and said Dynamos dominated the first half but they were stronger in the second half in which they closed them down.
He said maximum points would have lifted them up.
“Not good for us. If you look at the way the log is standing; it’s not good. The way it is, is very tight,” he said.
“If you manage three points you move; if you don’t get those three points you either go down or stay where you are.
“I think we could have got a winner in the last ten minutes when we created chances but unfortunately we managed to get point.
“Today we tried in possession although Dynamos came stronger in the first half but the only time they were dangerous was when they played the long balls from the back but I thought we closed them down in the second half in which we created chances.”
Dynamos dominated the first half with Mukamba warming up the hands of goalkeeper Bernard Donovan in the first minute before Masimba Mambare missed a headed opportunity from a corner kick by Ocean Mushure.Advertisement

How Mine also had a chance on 20 minutes but directed his effort wide in the penalty area.
Mutuma was guilty of a miss on 71 minutes when he reacted slowly to an outstanding pass by Kudzanai Nyakasaka.
But How Mine could have sealed victory at the death through substitute Fungai Chirinda whose pile driver went just wide.
How Mine remain in the relegation zone in thirteenth position on the log with 20 points.