Third successive goalless draw for Dynamos as Sheasham, Caps match abandoned

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By Sports Reporter

DYNAMOS’ fading title hopes were dealt another major blow after they were held to a third successive goalless draw, this time by visiting Manica Diamonds at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday.

The result which came on the back of goalless draws against Herentals and Triangle leave Dynamos in eighth position on the log on 14 points from nine matches.

The Harare giants however trail leaders Ngezi Platinum, who have played one more game, by just three points.

Although his side is clearly struggling in front of goal Dynamos coach Hebert Maruwa insists he is not getting too worried as yet.

“We played very well only that we missed a lot of chances,” said Maruwa.

“We are not worried with the way we are playing, only that we are not scoring.”

“We will keep on pushing, trying to control their (DeMbare players) offensive runs.

“I think it was a good game from both teams. Manica Diamonds came here to play good football. We also played very well save for the fact that we didn’t score.

“The guys need to play well and be composed in front of goal. But if they keep on missing the way they are doing, I think it doesnt do well to their confidence.”

Manica Diamonds, who have been enjoying a solid start to the season have now moved to third place on the log with 16 points, one below pace setters Ngezi Platinum Stars.

The Gem Boys’ coach Jairos Tapera was pleased with the result against Dynamos.

“I think this is an important point away from home. You know how it is playing against Dynamos.

“We don’t play a defensive type of football. We want to play the game starting from the back through the midfield and getting the goals. That is why we have been scoring goals in our recent matches,” said Tapera.

Meanwhile, the Premier Soccer League match between Harare giants CAPS United and new boys Sheasham that was scheduled for Mandava yesterday failed to take place after the Gweru side failed to pitch up.

The lead-up to the match had been dominated by the fallout between Sheasham and the  Premier Soccer League over the controversial reversal of the approval of their Bata home ground to host topflight games.

As was largely expected Sheasham, who had requested for the postponement of the match stayed away from the match venue while Caps United traveled to Mandava.

Makepekepe even went through all the pre-match rituals yesterday before the referees announced the cancellation of the game when it became clear that their hosts were not coming for the clash.

Castle Lager Premier Soccer League results

Sunday: Dynamos 0-0 Manica Diamonds, Hwange 0-0 Triangle United, Sheasham v Caps United (match abandoned)

Saturday: Cranborne Bullets 1-1 Highlanders, Chicken Inn 2-0 Ngezi Platinum Stars, FC Platinum 1-0 ZPC Kariba