FOR now, Dynamos can only bet on a miracle to claim another league title after playing out a draw against Flame Lily on Saturday at Lafarge in a Castle Lager Premiership match.
Coach Tonderayi Ndiraya knows it’s almost impossible to win the league title unless something dramatic happens in the next four weeks and his only bet now seems to be Sunday’s Chibuku Super Cup final against Harare City at Rufaro.
“Our focus now is on winning the remaining matches and finish the season in a respectable position. We lost it when we dropped points against Harare City,” Ndiraya said.
While they cut the gap between themselves and second placed FC Platinum to one point, it was not enough to put on any pressure on leaders Chicken Inn.
Dynamos are on 47 points, Platinum on 48 and Chicken Inn have 52 points with five games to play.
Dynamos though have played one more and can only hope that Chicken Inn and Platinum cancel each other out preferably with a draw, in a top-of-the-table clash on Wednesday in Bulawayo.
At Larfarge, the writing was on the wall for Dynamos that things were not well after 34 minutes when the hosts’ captain Gift Phiri struck a swift free kick that left keeper Tatenda Mukuruva stranded.
Carlos Rusere restored parity after five minutes.
Try as Dynamos did in the second half with Richard Kawondera, the ageing Takesure Chinyama and Ronald Chitiyo conspiring to miss several chances, the game eventually yawned to a draw.
At Rufaro, Harare City and How Mine played out a 2-2 draw. Kuda Musharu scored for How Mine straight from kick-off as City goalkeeper Maxwell Nyamupanendengu was still busy trying to get to his goal.
But William Manondo levelled after 19 minutes before City took the lead in the 43rd minute through Kudakwashe Kumwala.
But ten minutes from time, How Mine were level when Nyasha Mukumbi headed in from a corner.
Elsewhere, relegation fighters, Tsholotsho edged Whawha 1-0 at White City through a Thandolwenkosi Ncube goal on the half hour after veteran Joel Luphahla had swung in a beautiful corner.
The win saw Tsholotsho move off the bottom four thanks to Hwange’s 1-0 win over Buffaloes at Sakubva on Sunday. Tsholotsho and Buffaloes are both on 26 points, but the Matabeleland North side is safer due to a superior goal difference.Advertisement
Hwange moved into the top four with 39 points after Innocent Mucheneka struck the all-important winner after 28 minutes.
The game at Sakubva was handled by assistant coaches from both sides as Nation Dube (Hwange) and Saul Chaminuka (Buffaloes), were is Lesotho with the Warriors for the second of the 2016 Chan qualifier.
Hwange assistant Mebelo Njekwa said: “We played according to the plan.
“We knew that they were going to depend on long balls, but we kept on playing short balls, but we managed to win and we are very happy indeed.”
Buffaloes’ assistant coach Joseph Takaringofa remains confident of avoiding the chop.
“We were under pressure and we rushed on most of our decisions. We are going to continue on relegation and we are very confident that we are going to survive the dreaded chop,” he said
ZPC Kariba thumped Dongo Sawmill 4-1 at Vengere on Sunday to condemn the new side to their 14th loss of the season.
Saturday: Flame Lily 1-1 Dynamos, Tsholotsho 1-0 Whawha, Harare City 2-2 How Mine
Sunday: Buffaloes 0-1 Hwange, Dongo Sawmill 1-4 ZPC Kariba