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Dynamos, Highlanders drop points in mid-week encounters

DYNAMOS Football Club coach Lloyd Mutasa was Thursday left a frustrated man as he watched his side drop two precious points in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match away to Shabanie Mine at Maglas Stadium in Zvishavane.
The match ended in a one all stalemate, a stumble the Glamour Boys were hoping to avoid as they seek to consolidate their slender lead on the premiership log standings.
The Harare giants, who are chasing their 23rd league title since formation in 1963, showed intent right from the first whistle with constant raids at the Shabanie Mine goal and rightfully took the lead in the fifth minute through a trademark Ocean Mushure free kick.
The league leaders earned a free kick just outside the hosts’18-yard box and up stepped Mushure to curl the ball over the wall into bottom right corner of the home`s side goal with Shabanie Mine goalkeeper Petros Moyo rooted to his spot.
The early goal gave the glamour boys a spring on their step and they managed to control the match right up to the breather.
Dynamos could have sealed the match in the first stanza but missed a glut of chances that came their way.
In the second half, Shabanie Mine came back a changed side and their resilience finally paid off when substitute Wilson Mupasiri rose above the Dynamos defensive pair of Lincoln Zvasiya and Marshal Machazane to head past Tonderayi Mateyaunga in the 85th minute.
Wilson`s older brother, Farai, a former Dynamos player, was the supplier of a brilliant pin point cross from the left flank which was nodded home by his young brother, earning the miners a valuable point before a home crowd.
“Today it is two points dropped, we conceded a soft goal. There was a lapse in concentration in our defence. Such is football,” said a downcast Mutasa.
Mutasa however, praised his young squad for showing character during the match.
Shabanie Mine coach Takesure Chiragwi, also praised his team for managing to hold the league pacesetters to a draw.
“I am very happy for my team. What we wanted was to collect maximum points but one point is a gain for us.
“Playing a team like Dynamos which is fighting to win the championship was always going to be difficult,” said Chiragwi.
Dynamos moved to 53 points from 26 matches, a point above the chasing pack of Ngezi Platinum and FC Platinum.Advertisement

However, Shabanie Mine remained rooted on 15th position with 27 points from the same number of matches.
In other matches played Thursday, there were no goals in the Highlanders and Bantu Rovers match in Bulawayo while Harare City beat Chapungu by one goal to nil.