DYNAMOS’ championship bid suffered a major reversal on Monday as they were held to a 0-0 draw by minnows Tsholotsho in a Castle Lager Premiership match.
The Harare giants however, had an 82nd goal by substitute Patrick Khumbula ruled offside by Gweru referee Thomas Masa.
Dynamos however, still moved into third position on the league table with 21 points from 11 matches.
Tsholostho, promoted into the PSL this season, inched into position 13 with 10 points from the same number of matches.
DeMbare coach David Mandigora was disappointed by the failure to win at home as fans vented their frustration on him – booing during and after the match.
“I understand the reaction of the fans to this result. It is because we are not playing well at home and what we need to do is just to work hard and improve,” said Mandigora.
Tsholotsho coach Lizwe Sweswe said they had travelled to Harare seeking a victory.
“We came here expecting to win the match,” he said.
“We created a good number of chances but we couldn’t score. It’s a tough season for us. We are a new team in the PSL and our aim is to expose the youngsters this season.
“Surviving relegation is my aim.”
Dynamos started slowly with Tsholotsho carving out good chances.
Nixon Gama Simbarashe and Gorogodyo came close in the first 10 minutes of the match while Kelvin Bulaji missed a headed opportunity on 14 minutes from a corner by Ocean Mushure.
In the 29th minute, Mushure came close with a stunning free kick near the penalty area before another speculative shot drew a fine save from goal keeper Chang Mariyoni.
Mandigora then pulled off Erick Opoku in the second half, bringing on Cliff Sekete. As the goals became stubbornly elusive, he pulled off Dominic Chungwa in the 60th minute introducing Farai Mupasiri.
And when frustration appeared to take its toll, Mandigora threw in Patrick Khumbula for Oscar Machapa on 78 minutes.
The move almost paid dividends as Khumbula had the ball into the back of the nets eight minutes from full time with his first touch after tapping in a cross from Bulaji but it was ruled offside.
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Sunday: Highlanders 2-0 Whawha, Triangle 1-2 How Mine, Dongo Sawmill 0-2 Caps United
Monday: Dynamos 0-0 Tsholotsho