HARARE – After spending the entire week taunting champions Dynamos ahead of Sunday’s epic Castle Premiership clash, Triangle coach Gishon Ntini now labels the Harare giants title favourites following their workmanlike performance to emerge from the Lowveld on Sunday with a 2-2 draw.
The record 19-times Zimbabwean champions showed fierce fighting spirit to force a draw at Gibbo Stadium, thanks in the main to substitute Simba’s Sithole second-half equaliser.
With Triangle facing both title chasers Dynamos and Highlanders in their last four games of the season, Ntini had declared last week that his team held the keys in the championship race.
But following Sunday’s gusty performance at Gibbo, Ntini says Dynamos have shown more resolve than their rivals to be crowned champions again.
The Triangle coach said the late surge by Dynamos at Gibbo was the mark of true champions, who can rise to the occasion even when the tide is against them.
Dynamos played second fiddle to Triangle for the better part of the game but crucially managed to get the two goals that ensured they stay on top of the table.
“Dynamos showed character to come back into the game even when things were hard for them,” Ntini told the Daily News yesterday.
“We were on top of the situation but they fought hard towards the end to claim a point. They have tremendous fighting spirit and they exhibited that in the last two games. Against Highlanders last week, where they won 1-0, they put up a spirited performance to get the three points and against us they also fought hard for a point. Definitely they are going to retain the league, no two ways about it.”
Meanwhile, the Triangle coach has now aimed at Highlanders ahead of their match at Barbourfields Stadium at the weekend. Ntini says he is itching to avenge his team’s 3-2 Mbada Diamonds Cup defeat to Highlanders, a result he dubbed unfair.
“I need five points from the remaining games, I got a point against DeMbare and will have three against Bosso, that will leave me with four, and needing one against Shabanie. So I am going to Bulawayo to collect three points, nothing else.
“We were not pleased by the way we lost to Highlanders in the Cup game and this time around we are going to exert a painful revenge. We are going to hit them where it pains most, at a time when they are fighting for the title. When I say these things I know what I will be saying. I promised Dynamos a torrid time and they were the first to admit it.”
Triangle hit a purple patch in the second half of the season, moving into seventh position on the log standings.