TONDERAI Ndiraya was pleased to pick a point on his first assignment as Dynamos coach after a 1-1 draw against newcomers, TelOne at Barbourfields yesterday.
DeMbare had gone on a four-game losing streak and Ndiraya was happy to snatch a point, especially they had been reduced to ten men with 25 minutes remaining on the clock.
“At the end of the day I am quite pleased. We have gone for four matches on a losing streak and to snatch a point away from home and against a team of TelOne’s caliber who have been well lately, it’s commendable.
“I think it was a very difficult match, we played a team which clearly shows that they have been together for a while, they understand each other, they pass the ball well,” said Ndiraya after the match.
After watching his men’s display for the first time yesterday, Ndiraya emphasised on the need to work on the team and raise the standards.
“We were on the back foot largely, but I thought in the first half we also had some opportunities but due to inexperience of our boys, we fluffed those opportunities.
“We want to raise our standards, this is arguably the biggest team in the country and you want them to play football of the high standard.
“We will keep on working on that we raise the bar and get the results going forward,” he said.
Ndiraya was, however, not happy with defender Godfrey Mukambi after he was shown a red card for dissent.
“We were a bit improved in the second half, we pushed a bit more but again I think the discipline issues disturbed us. I don’t know what transpired but I suspect it was some dissent of some sort and we had our player dismissed
“That is bad especially when you are in a situation like us, we are in a crisis. We have gone for four games on the losing streak and you have players behaving in the manner Mukambi (Godfrey) did. You are putting pressure on the team and that is really unacceptable and credit to those who remained they played for more than 20 minutes with a man down, that is not easy,” said Ndiraya.