HARARE - Dynamos coach Calisto Pasuwa yesterday painted a gloomy picture in his team’s camp after admitting he had run out of ideas to lift the team after yesterday’s draw signalled a deepening crisis at the Harare giants.
The defending champions continued their stuttering start to their Castle Premiership defence after being held to a disappointing nil all draw by newly-promoted Triangle yesterday, their fourth straight defeat in their opening four games of the season.
A section of Dynamos fans, baying for committee member Simon Sachiti’s blood, blocked the team bus from leaving the stadium after the match.
Sachiti meanwhile locked himself in a stadium office fearing for his safety. Superstitious fans accuse the long-serving club administrator of casting a curse on the team.
And Pasuwa, who had presided over draws against Black Mambas, Chicken Inn and Shabanie before yesterday’s stalemate, conceded he was under pressure.
“I don’t know what to say now, “Pasuwa told reporters after the match.
“We need to go back to the drawing board and start again. It’s a very unfamiliar start for Dynamos but hey….we can’t do anything. At times we were hurrying our chances that came our way. But maybe its confidence that is now lacking in the team.”
Both teams finished the match with one man short. Triangle’s Richard Kawondera was the first to be shown the red in the 56th minute after a second bookable offence.
Twelve minutes later, Dynamos goalkeeper George Chigova in a moment of madness, was shown straight red-card for retaliating by pushing Triangle striker Limited Chikafa in front of referee Batsirai Muchenje after a challenge on him.
Pasuwa’s men — who also bowed out of the Champions League following another lifeless display over two legs against Tunisian club Bizertene — simply did not turn up for the game except for a few moments of individual efforts from striker Allan Tavarwisa, who showed a lot of potential upfront.
DeMbare were so horribly bad yesterday they struggled to thread clean passes and they appeared content playing second fiddle in the midfield where Cliff Sekete, Devon Chafa, Boban Zirintusa and Tichaona Mabvura offered little fight.
For some strange reason, Dynamos’ players were technically dead and their play lacked width and that DeMbare’s first shot at goal arrived in the second half summarises how motionless they were.
Instead the Glamour Boys were left frustrated by Gishon Ntini’s approach to the game. The veteran coach instructed his players to using unconventional tricks as evidenced by his side receiving five yellow cards.
The Harare giants are going through one of their worst spells in two years, where they have won back-to-back league titles.
There is now a superstitious belief among Dynamos fans and during half time one fan invaded the pitch and sprinkled some powder on the goal area before the other one followed to pour strange liquid.
I could have been worse.
Ntini’s men felt hard done by the referee moments into time added on when he waved play on after Gift Bello visibly pulled down Daniel Kamunhenga just outside the box.
Dynamos: George Chigova, Thomas Magorombo, Augustine Mbara, Partson Jaure, Gift Bello, Devon Chafa, Boban Zirintusa, Cliff Sekete (Tawanda Muparati, 54 min), Tichaona Mabvura (Artwell Mukandi, 68min), Allan Tavarwisa (Murape Murape, 77 min), Patrick Kumbula
Triangle: Brighton Chipula, Richard Kawondera, Blessing Chimwamuchere, Chastern Ngondonga, William Mapfumo, David Sengu, Charles Makoto (Courage Denias, 56min), Willard Gondo (Tinei Meda, 75min), Daniel Kamunhenga, Lameck Nhamo (Pascal Manhanga, 48min), Limited Chikafa. - Godknows Matarutse