Relegation threatened Dynamos held, Ngezi crop Platinum lead

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By Sports Reporter

STRUGGLING Harare giants Dynamos wasted a golden opportunity to ease their relegation woes after being held to a goalless stalemate by new boys Bulawayo Chiefs at Rufaro Stadium on Wednesday, slipping to a precarious one point above the relegation zone.

Dynamos started the day in 14th position on 30 points just two points above the drop zone and desperately needing to collect maximum points against fellow relegation candidates Bulawayo Chiefs, who had failed to register a win in their last four matches.

In the end, the Glamour Boys, who are experiencing a nightmarish 2018 premiership campaign, could only manage to collect a single point which lifted them to 13th position and just a point ahead of Chapungu who occupy the last relegation spot on the log.

The Lloyd Mutasa-coached side made a good start as they kept their opponents on the back foot, dominating possession in the opening exchanges but could not make the most of the opportunities that came their way.

Bulawayo Chiefs, who were knocked out of the Chibuku Super Cup by the same opponents on Saturday however soon found their feet and would feel hard done after being denied what looked like a legitimate penalty when Dynamos utility Phakamani Dube handled inside the box at the half-hour mark.

Dynamos failed to create any meaningful chances for the rest of the encounter as the match petered out to a draw.

While the relegation battle looks set to go down to the wire, an intriguing finish is also well poised in the title race after Ngezi Platinum Stars whittled down FC Platinum’s lead on top to two points following a 2-1 victory over CAPS United at Baobab Stadium on Wednesday.

Winger Donald Teguru gave Ngezi the perfect start after opening the scoring just two minutes into the contest before James Nguluve doubled the lead in the 67th minute.

Makepekepe midfielder Joel Ngodzo set up nervy finale after converting a penalty in the 81st minute but Ngezi held on for an important win as they remain firmly in contention for their maiden Premiership title.

Ngezi’s victory was made even sweeter after defending champions and current log leaders FC Platinum, who had started the day with a five points lead suffered a 3-1 reverse against Triangle away to Gibbo.

Triangle United were the better side on the day as they opened the scoring in the fifth minute through Kudzai Chigwida before Lameck Nhamo doubled their advantage at the hour mark.

Reigning Soccer Star of the Year Rodwell Chinyengetere gave the platinum miners a glimmer of hope after converting a 75th minute penalty before Pascal Manhanga’s nine minutes before fulltime secured all three points for the hosts.

Elsewhere, Highlanders kept their hopes of a top four finish alive after edging Yadah FC 2-1 in at Barbourfields Stadium.

Newman Sianchali put Bosso in front in the 21st minute before veteran Ralph Matema equalised against his former paymasters with a trademark header four minutes before halftime.

Denzel Khumalo fine finish in the 67th minute restored Highlanders’ advantage against Yadah who had to play the rest of the match with 10 men after Simbarashe Sithole was shown a red card.

Bosso held on for a crucial win as they successfully bounced back from a two successive away losses.

Castle Lager Premier Soccer League Results

Ngezi Platinum Stars 2-1 Caps United, Dynamos 0-0 Bulawayo Chiefs, Highlanders 2-1 Yadah, Triangle 3-1 FC Platinum, Shabanie Mine 1-1 Bulawayo City, Chicken Inn 2-0 Chapungu, Nichrut 3-0 Harare City, Herentals 4-1 Black Rhinos, Mutare City 0-0 ZPC Kariba