Rest Mutore, Sports Reporter
…Ndiraya happy with draw boys
DYNAMOS might be facing ridicule for recording many draws in the Castle Lager Premiership, earning themselves the name Draw Boys, but coach Tonderai Ndiraya is proud.
DeMbare have recorded eight consecutive draws in the league to take their tally of draws so far to 16, the worst of the season along with Herentals.
The Harare giants are, however, unbeaten in 17 matches– the longest run of the 2019 season.
In fact, DeMbare last lost a league match on June 16 to rivals Highlanders with their former son Cleopas Kapupurika scoring the solitary goal.
In that unbeaten run, however, they have collected 25 points out of the possible 51 – which is a poor turnover.
This means if they had managed to convert few of these matches to wins, they could be among the title chasing pack.
To add to the fact sheet, Dynamos have the least number of defeats in the league – five – so far this season.
They have lost a match at home since the arrival of Ndiraya playing 25 matches, managing seven wins, 16 draws and lost only twice.
And speaking on this ‘unwanted’ record which has seen their badge cartooned, replacing the Glamour Boys with Draw Boys, Ndiraya is still proud.
He believes there is a positive side to this series which has seen their club being trolled by their rivals on social media.
Ndiraya said people should be reminded that the current crop of players does not match the level of Dynamos and should be applauded for the achievement they have made.
This is despite the fact his predecessor Lloyd ‘Mablanyo’ Chigowe had bragged to have assembled a formidable force.
“I have assembled a team of tigers and wild horses; this team is so unpredictable,” Chigowe was quoted saying then.
But Ndiraya has a different perception.
“I have taken so much criticism in the past but I will not shy from the truth, our team is not really at the level it should be. I think I have said it in the past that we also have to look at where we are coming from. We all know the level of Dynamos Football Club,” said Ndiraya.
Ndiraya said there are some positives to take from the team’s performance so far this season despite being mocked.
He was speaking after their 1-1 draw against Highlanders on Sunday, a result he embraced proudly.
“If you focus on the positives, this is the 17th game we have gone without losing. Yes, of course we want to win, too many draws, but looking at where the team is coming from, going for 17 games unbeaten is quite an achievement for the boys in there.
“Drawing eight games is just bad but we should also understand the team has youngsters who are gaining experience. And for them to go that long without tasting defeat is quite commendable,” said Ndiraya.
He said while they have starved their fans of celebrating a win, there is need to look at the shape of the team and celebrate what they have achieved.
“We are searching for that win but it’s not coming, but what can we do? We just have to work hard and keep the focus, hopefully we can get maximum points.
“There are two things when you keep drawing, there is that risk of losing the next match or also win the match but we are fortunate that we have avoided defeat in those eight matches but all the same, I think we have really starved our fans of maximum points.
“We want our fans to celebrate a win and it’s been long, I hope we can work hard and get a win in the last five games,” said Ndiraya.
Ndiraya said it is also a commendable achievement that his boys have never lost a match at Rufaro since he took over.
“It’s a good record, those are some of the positives which we build on. For them to avoid defeat in 17 matches and at home is really an achievement for a team with very young players,” he added.
The DeMbare gaffer promised to win some of their remaining five matches and possibly maintain their unbeaten streak.
“But look, we play each and every game to win that’s what we are really focusing on and I’m sure the win is coming soon, in the past three matches we have improved,” he said.