DeMbare keep hopes alive

19 Nov, 2017 - 00:11 0 Views

The Sunday Mail

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SUPPORTING Dynamos is not for the faint hearted.

The Glamour Boys have a habit of taking their fans through roller coaster rides and their faithful are set to have one of those rides as the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League season concludes next week.

DeMbare, who are on 67 points, will go into the final match day with a chance of winning the league title.

They will have to beat Chicken Inn on the last day and hope that log leaders FC Platinum, who have 69 points in the bag, fail to win at Chapungu. But with the way they have been doing business this term, it will take a brave individual to back Dynamos to even do the business against a Chicken Inn side that defends deep.

At Barbourfields yesterday, DeMbare raced into a three goal first half lead but somehow managed to let an already relegated Bantu Rovers come back into it.

When the visitors scored three first half goals through Christian Epoupa, Quality Kangadze and Ocean Mushure, one would have been forgiven for predicting a Bantu Rovers walloping.

But the young lads that Bantu Rovers are nurturing played without fear and pulled one back through McCarthy Dube just before half time.

FC Platinum product Nigel Papias added a second for Bantu Rovers three minutes into the second half, converting from the spot after Lucky Ndlela was fouled inside the box.

Lloyd Mutasa’s men were forced to put up a defensive shield as the home side asked serious questions of their more illustrious opponents.

Yet it was Dynamos who had the brightest of starts, Epoupa ending his goal drought with just three minutes played.

Kangadze made it 2-0 on six minutes before skipper Mushure took advantage of a Tapuwa Khumbuyani howler to fire DeMbare three goals up.

However, lapses in concentration gifted Bantu Rovers two goals and if this campaign ends with Dynamos being bridesmaids, Mutasa can look back at the numerous occasions that his team slept on the wheel.

Away to Maglas, the Glamour Boys allowed Shabanie Mine to claim a late equaliser and Tsholotsho secured a 1-1 draw at the National Sports Stadium after they scored a minute after Tichaona Chipunza had opened the scoring to mention just two recent examples.

Mutasa remains confident that his side will pull another smash and grab but deep inside the Dynamos coach, a favourite for the coach of the year gong, he must know that this one is FC Platinum’s to lose.

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