STRUGGLING Dynamos suffered another home defeat (1-0) to FC Platinum in a Castle Lager Premiership tie at Rufaro on Sunday courtesy of a header by defender Gift Bello.
Dynamos have won just one match in six outings. Crucially, they are yet to win at home since the start of the campaign and Sunday’s defeat left them with a whole mountain to climb in their bid to challenge for honours.
Angry fans sang derogatory songs directed at club president Keni Mubaiwa. They accused him of being responsible for Dynamos’ stuttering form as he has not bought quality players. Police had to intervene to disperse the rowdy crowd baying for his blood.
With a trip to Tsholotsho next before engaging Highlanders at home and fixtures against Chapungu and Ngezi Platinum still to come, Dynamos are in danger of missing out completely on the league title. If anything, they could find themselves fighting relegation.
LIoyd Mutasa made changes to the team with former Caps United midfielder Dominic Mukandi and Carlos Rusere thrown into the starting team, having endured a long time on the side lines under fired Paulo Jorge Silva.
But FC Platinum, unbeaten in the campaign so far, proved difficult to break down with their possession based style. Kudzanai Nyakasaka could have thrust Dynamos into the lead though but missed with a wild effort, 14 minutes into the match when he breached the FC Platinum defence off side trap but sent his effort high over the bar in an attempt to beat goalkeeper Petros Mhari.
Dynamos got punished instead after six minutes with Bello- their former player-heading home from Elvis Moyo to silence the home team.
After the goal, tension began to build up on the pitch and in the stands.
In the second half, Mutasa pulled out Rodreck Mutuma and threw in Richard Kawondera and then threw in Godknows Murirwa in place of Nyakasaka in search of an equaliser which, however, could not come as FC Platinum denied the home team with some stoic defending.
The visitors also employed time wasting antics and goalkeeper Mhari was pelted with plastic bottles from the southern end by the fans after he slumped onto the turf seemingly injured. He was forced to scurry for cover as missiles rained on the pitch.
Dynamos piled on the pressure towards the end, launching wave after wave of attack and even had a penalty appeal turned away by Rusape referee, Brighton Chimene, in added time.Advertisement
FC Platinum also had a chance at the death with substitute Marshall Mudehwe’s powerful shot crashing against the cross bar. The Zvishavane-based side shot back to the top of the log after Caps United slumped to How Mine- their first defeat of the season.
Coach Norman Mapeza was delighted with the victory. “It was a difficult match. We got our chance and that made the difference,” he asaid.
Mapeza added that he was not looking at the position on the league table yet. “To be honest with you I am not looking at the position. We are taking each game as it comes. It’s too early, the most important thing is for us to concentrate and take each game as it comes.”
Mutasa admitted they didn’t play well as much as they did in the second half. “We didn’t play well in the first half but there was desire and the hunger in the second half. Unfortunately, we couldn’t score but we hope they will get it right,” he said.
Dynamos: T Mukuruva, O Mwerahari, O Mushure, E Muroiwa, S
Linyama, S Alimenda, D Mukandi, A Amidu, C Rusere, K Nyakasaka (G
Murwira 7), R Mutuma (R Kawondera 56),
FC Platinum: P Mhari, I Nekati, G Bello, K Moyo, E Moyo, W Mhango, R
Chinyengetere, (W Kamudyamuriwo 81 min), T Dzumbunu, W Musona, T
Rukanda, O Chirwa (I Wadi 65)