HARARE – Dynamos started their 2017 Castle Lager Premiership season the way they ended the previous campaign with a defeat after going down 0-1 to FC Platinum yesterday.
The platinum miners secured the three points courtesy of Winston Mhango’s penalty converted at the stroke of half time.
Dynamos felt hard done by the referee Ruzive Ruzive’s decision to award the spot kick after defender Gift Saunyama fell down before handling the ball under pressure from the visitors’ players.
Despite starting the season with a defeat, the new-look Glamour Boys side put in a good performance that should give them a lot of optimism for the remainder of the year.
As this new campaign approached, the expectations for DeMbare were very bleak, but yesterday the team showed a lot of promise as they had the visitors on the back foot for long periods.
Dynamos’ only weakness was a blunt strike force with new signings Emmanuel Mandiranga and Quality Kangadzi failing to provide the cutting edge to the beautiful build-up play by the home side.
Although they lost the match, DeMbare coach Lloyd Mutasa was satisfied with what he had seen from his charges, who no one expected to put in such a display against a side that finished second last season.
“I think like any other coach you would want to start well but it was the case with us today and I have to accept it as a coach and look forward to future assignments,” Mutasa said.
“We had our chances better than them but we failed to make them count and at the end of the day we could not get the three points. We created chances and if you can’t score you will not win matches.
“I can’t blame the youngsters, they did everything. In any case there are a lot of positives from this game. We managed to have control of the match for most of the period.”
FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza admitted his charges played below par but was happy with the three points.
“I think first half we struggled, we did not play our normal game but it’s expected because this is only the first game of the season and we expect to get better,” Mapeza said.
“I’m happy for the boys we came here looking for a positive result and got just that. We are here to compete and we will see as the season progresses.”
From the opening exchanges, the home side were full of running as they defended strongly and attacked with intent.
There were plenty of chances, with Kangadzi, Mandiranga and Denver Mukamba all unfortunate not to score.
Midfielder Tichaona Chipunza was the first to squander a good scoring opportunity after 17 minutes when he was gifted possession by Platinum goalkeeper Petros Mhari.
Chipunza failed to punish Mhari as he sent his lob over the bar.
Kangadzi, who joined from Division One side Trojan, failed to connect a Mandiranga square ball in the box moments later.
Mukamba saw his shot from outside the box parried onto the cross bar by Mhari before it went out for a corner.
With DeMbare on the ascendency, the visitors got their breakthrough just before halftime when they were awarded the spot kick.
Mhango made no mistake from the spot to beat Dynamos goalkeeper Tonderai Mateyaunga.
The second half was not different from the first as DeMbare strikers took turns to miss good scoring chances.
Their best chance to equalise fell to Mandiranga, who shot directly at Mhari, after he had been set up by Kangadzi.
FC Platinum thought they had scored a second in the 65th minute but Charles Sibanda’s goal was disallowed for offside.
DeMbare continued to pile on the pressure but they were let down by poor finishing and Mhari.
Dynamos: Tonderai Mateyaunga, Obey Mwerahari, Ocean Mushure, Elisha Muroiwa, Lincoln Zvasiya, Tichaona Chipunza, Gift Saunyama, Takunda Sadiki, Emmanuel Mandiranga (Simba Gorogodyo 72m), Quality Kangadzi, Denver Mukamba (Tawanda Macheke 86m)
FC Platinum: Petros Mhari, Ian Nekati, Elvis Moyo, Kelvin Moyo, Gift Bello, Winston Mhango, Gerald Takwara, Rodwell Chinyengetere, Marshal Mudewe (Talent Chawapihwa 57m), Charles Sibanda (Rapheal Muduviwa 88m), Gift Mbweti