DeMbare’s Silva on the brink


HWANGE – Dynamos coach Paulo Jorge Silva could have managed his last game for the Glamour Boys after his team was held to a disappointing draw by Hwange in a Castle Premiership tie here yesterday.

Silva came into this game under pressure to get a result, and a draw was the last thing he would have hoped for.

The result means the Portuguese coach has only managed four points after being given an ultimatum of getting nine points in three games by his bosses.

While Dynamos officials were not picking up their phones, yesterday’s draw could prove to be the final straw in a crisis that only yielded five points in five opening matches of the season for the DeMbare mentor having managed only one win, two defeats and two draws thus far.

Two points lost is the best way to describe this match for Silva as the single gained is not likely to ease the pressure on him.

The visibly-shaken coach attributed the performance to his team’s failure to keep the ball on the “bumpy” turf.

“My team did not play according to expectations; they did not maintain the ball on the turf,” Silva said after the game.

“We are going back to the drawing board as a team in order to get it right in the next encounter, but I am not happy with today’s game.”

The Harare giants were missing the services of striker Roderick Mutuma after an injury forced him out of the tie and they had to start with Kudzanai Nyakasaka upfront.

Neither team took their chances, especially the hosts, Hwange, who dominated the game in the second half.

Hwange’s Collen Muleya had a golden opportunity to get an opener on 14 minutes but miscued his effort.

Dynamos’ Richard Kawondera came close in the 15th minute but his shot was well dealt with by Hwange goalkeeper.

Tatenda Mukuruva made an impressive save to deny Pritchard Mpelele’s close range effort while the rebound found no taker moments before the break.

The second half was no different with both teams failing to create clear scoring chances. In the end the two teams had to settle for a draw.

Hwange interim coach Mebelo Njekwa seemed happy with scooping a point at his home turf.

“We played well as a team but did not manage to convert our attack to goals.

“Our game plan was to get stuck in with our opponents and retain ball possession in all departments.” said Njekwa.

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