DYNAMOS . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (1) 2
BLACK RHINOS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0
DYNAMOS picked up three easy points against struggling Black Rhinos in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match played at Rufaro Stadium yesterday to move into second position on the log standings.
By HENRY MHARA, SPORTS REPORTER
It was not a polished performance by the defending league champions, but still, a first-half freak goal by Clive Kawinga, his second of the season and a brilliant individual second-half effort by Patrick Khumbula saw the hosts running out comfortable winners.
The Kalisto Pasuwa-coached side are now on 25 points with two games before the season reaches the halfway stage, the same number as Harare City, third due to an inferior goal difference.
The champions are four points off leaders Highlanders who beat Hwange 1-0 at the Colliery yesterday. While Dynamos moved to second up the ladder, their opponents yesterday moved down to second position from the foot of the table with 12 points.
Pasuwa said he was not happy with his team’s overall performance, but still appreciated his boys for managing to collect maximum points.
“It’s the same old story that we score first, but then we go to sleep afterwards. We should have buried the opponent by scoring many goals. We did not do much in the midfield and also our full-backs were not doing enough in terms of defending when not in possession. Being on second position at this time of the season is fine with us,” Pasuwa said.
Rhinos coach Arthur Tutani, who has amassed six points since taking over the reins at the struggling side said: “We donated the first goal.
I think it was a soft goal and it brought everything to a standstill because that’s when Dynamos started to dominate us.
If we had managed to hold on to our game plan of knocking the ball around and catching them on the break, we could have done better.
“It failed to work because the goalkeeper donated them a goal. I am very happy with what I have achieved so far because when I took over the team had won just once, but I have collected six points and I think it’s a better achievement than that of the former coach. My target is to rescue Rhinos from relegation, but it’s becoming hard because we are not winning,” said Tutani.