DYNAMOS’ title chase suffered a dent on Sunday after they were held by ZPC Kariba to a goalless draw at Rufaro.
The Harare giants went into the match seeking maximum points at home after they had drawn 0-0 against How Mine on Thursday.
And with midfielder Denver Mukamba having been cleared to play, expectations were high among the fans. Mukamba, though, did not disappoint in his second debut since returning from South Africa with his trade mark close ball control that drew wild cheers from the fans and with a little bit of luck, could have found the target for the Glamour Boys late in the first half.
Dynamos created better chances two minutes into the match with Rodreck Mutuma finding some pocket of space in the danger zone only to be denied by impressive goalkeeper, Tendai Hove. Dembare still remained in control with midfielder Tichaona Chipunza imposing himself on the match with his passing range; it looked like Dynamos would run away victors.
However, Sunday Chidzambwa’s men remained resolute with Tineyi Chitora, Godknows Mangani and Never Tigere threatening the home team with some fine raids.
Dynamos could have killed off the match on thirty nine minutes when Mukamba collected a pass near the penalty area following good work by Kudzanai Nyakasaka and Carlos Rusere and unleashed a grounder to the far left post -beating Hove but the ball crashed against the upright and an alert defender rushed to clear it from danger.
In the second half, ZPC Kariba soaked all the pressure from the home team with some stoic defending and even had a chance on 52 minutes when Limited Chikafa beat Obey Mwerahari on the right but he missed from a tight angle.
Dynamos coach Lloyd Mutasa then made a double substitution, bringing on King Nasama and Simba Gorogojo for Kudzanai Nyakasaka and Denver Mukamba after 64 minutes.
Those substitutions didn’t pay any dividends as both teams struggled to create chances.
Mutasa said the draw was a matter of two points dropped.
“I think it’s a matter of two points lost. We didn’t create as many chances today, we had Denver’s effort and King Nasama, it wasn’t good for us but we were playing an equally good side. The championship is not in our destiny but, there is Caps United, FC Platinum and Highlanders; we are playing catch up and we will continue to push and see where we end up at the end of the season,” said Mutasa.Advertisement
Chidzambwa was happy with the point.
“Yes, I am quite pleased with the point. We defended very well. In this game you need to put the half chances you get; there were few chances from both teams but we had one or two chances we could have put away. Going forward we need to create many chances. But I am pleased with the performance in the last game against Harare City and also today. We missed some very good players, we didn’t have Talent Chawapiwa, he is injured,” said Chidzambwa.