Rest Mutore, Sports Reporter
RIVALS Dynamos and Highlanders shared the spoils in a refreshingly exciting mid-table Premiership encounter at Rufaro yesterday.
The highly temperamental match – which had intervals of pushing and shoving between players – ended 1-1.
With the championship beyond reach for the two giants, local pride remained the only thing at stake and both coaches were content after the final whistle.
It was a fair result after the two sides, who can only currently brag with past glories, fought a good battle leaving their coaches describing the match as a balanced affair.
Both sides had their chances but went to the break tied at 0-0.
Hendrikus Pieter de Jongh’s thought they had won it after Tinashe Makanda capitalised on a poor defending by the hosts to fire home in the 71st minute. After taking the lead, Bosso started knocking the ball around.
The Bulawayo giants were comfortable on the ball and looked certain to complete a league double over their rivals but Evans Katema denied them with only seven minutes remaining on the clock.
Katema rose to head home a Jarrison Selemani free kick from just outside the box.
With this result Dynamos have now gone for 17 games without a defeat, including eight draws on the trot.
While the Harare giants have been ridiculed for the run, coach Tonderai Ndiraya says he is proud of his boys from a positive perspective.
“If you focus on the positives, this is the 17th game we have played now without losing. Yes, too many draws but looking at where the team is coming from, it’s quite an achievement for the boys but we all understand where our team should be.
“We are searching for that win but it’s not coming, we just have to work hard and keep the focus,” said Ndiraya.
Ndiraya, however, was disappointed with the way his side conceded.
“I thought the game was balanced, first half we had some slight edge, good opportunities to score.
“Second half it was a little bit difficult, I am quite disappointed by the way we conceded and again it goes back to the issue of experience, you don’t concede in such a matter.
“We showed some character in coming back especially if you want to consider the psychological factor that we have been losing to Highlanders in these high profile matches,” said Ndiraya.
He also blamed the poor pitch, which was too wet and affected their play.
“The playing surface wasn’t too good for both teams to play some good football; the playing surface wasn’t too good for flowing football.
“Good result for us especially the fact that we were coming from behind but all the same I think we have become draw specialists. There were some games we could have easily won but we have turned to give some stupid goals and in the end we have drawn. That from a negative point of view, we have drawn eight times in a row now and that’s not good for a team of our stature. I have said in the past that we have to look at where we are coming from,” said Ndiraya.
de Jongh also believes his defense failed him.
“It was a 50-50 play. There was no good communication of man to man defending and they scored. Six wins three draws, good results. If we finish in the top eight I am happy. We look game for game and today it was a battle, I am happy. It was a difficult game,” he said.
The Bosso coach also cried over the condition of the pitch saying his garden at home is better.
“Good football is not possible in a terrible pitch; my garden is better,” he said.