DEMBARE’S SECOND HALF WEAKNESS | Dynamos will need to develop character in the second half of matches if they are entertaining any chances of winning the 2017 league title.


In 24 league matches played, excluding the abandoned Highlanders match awarded on a 3-0 scoreline, the giants have shown inability to finish off opponents.

Statistics show that there is very little that seperates a Dynamos team in the first half and that in the second half.

Of late they have actually lost the matches in the second half, raising questions on whether they will be able to strengthen their character for the remaining nine games.

Dynamos coach Lloyd Mutasa believes they will need to score more goals if they are to put games beyond the reach of opponents.

“We are not scoring as much as we do and we are conceding goals in every game. It is something we should quickly go back to and work on.

“When you don’t win and when you have been on a good phase, you would want to make a comeback quickly,” Mutasa said.

As things stand, DeMbare can win the title if they win all their remaining matches, without having to worry about what happens elsewhere.

However, they will need to do much more than the nine draws and four losses experienced in the second half of matches. They have only won 11 second half of matches out of 24.

This is compared to the 10 draws, 12 wins and two losses recorded in the first half.

That only How Mine and FC Platinum have managed to win a first half against Dynamos, speaks volumes about Lloyd Mutasa’s brilliant start to league matches.

Winston Mhango stabbed DeMbare in the first half through a penalty at National Sports Stadium while Toto Banda stunned the former champions at the same stadium for identical 1-0 score lines.

Those were the two times that Mutasa’s charges lost in the first half. And for good measure, they never recovered in the second half.

DeMbare have so far lost the second half to Black Rhinos in a match that eventually ended 1-0, lost another second half to FC Platinum in a match that eventually ended 3-1. The first half had ended 1-1.

Mutasa’s man also blew away a first half lead against Highlanders, losing the second half 1-0 in a match that eventually ended 1-1 at Rufaro.

In the last Harare derby, CAPS United played like real champions, managing to blow away their bitter rivals in the second half, through a 69th minute strike by Dominic Chungwa.

Those second half defeats are a total of 10 points lost, and avoiding that would have made them 11 points clear at the top.

For the record, Dynamos have only managed to fight from behind and win a league match once against Ngezi Platinum this season.

In all the other matches, they took the intiative and managed to win the game or draw the game.

The spirit exhibited against Ngezi could be what they need as a team if they are to win the league title last won under Kalisto Pasuwa in 2014.

In that Ngezi game at National Sports Stadium, DeMbare were on target through Denver Mukamba in the 31st minute Terrence Dzukamanja leveled in the 39th minute to make it 1-1 in the first half.

Dominic Mukandi then gave Ngezi the lead in the 70th minute before Ocean Mushure cancelled that lead in the 75th minute. Leading scorer Ntouba then delivered the dagger in the 82nd minute in what remains one of the most fierce battles this season.


Draws 10
Wins 12
Losses 2

Draws 9
Wins 11
Losses 4


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