Coaches Darlington Dodo (left) and Tonderai Ndiraya forced to accept deadlock in Sunday's Harare Derby


Dynamos dominated CAPS United for the better part of yesterday’s Chibuku Super Cup clash but were unable to convert it into maximum points as the Harare derby ended in a 1-1 draw at the National Sports Stadium.

CAPS United settled for counter attacks, which paid dividends in the 42nd minute after Emmanuel Jalai put the ball into his own net.

DeMbare responded swiftly and equalised on the stroke of half time through a Barnabas Mushunje free kick.

It was the first derby without fans owing to the Covid-19 outbreak.

The result meant DeMbare remain on top of Group 1 with eight points while Makepekepe are second with six.

Both coaches were content with the result with DeMbare coach Tonderai Ndiraya saying his team lacked the killer instinct.

“I thought we were in control of the game, we were picking up second balls, once you do that you are in control of the game.

“But of course we then lacked the final ball which could give us goals to decide the match. The first half I thought we dominated over quite a long period but again we had nothing to show for it. Lapse in concentration gave the them the opportunity to score.

“(But) I was happy with the response, we kept our cool and came back quickly,” said Ndiraya.

Ndiraya said he came into the match knowing their opponents’ strengths and had to deploy more personnel in the middle of the park.

“I thought our boys did well especially in midfield but we failed to get the much needed killer pass. I thought we also survived some instances, CAPS United also got some chances. We lost our captain at halftime, he slipped in the tunnel and he couldn’t continue, so that substitution disturbed a bit but I am happy we stabilized. It’s difficult to make changes particularly at the heart of defense but I am happy Sylvester (Appiah) came in and stabilized things.

“The game was open, action swinging from one hand to another making the whole match exciting, a fair share of points,” he said.

DeMbare’s dominance saw them getting several corner kicks but were not good at set pieces something Ndiraya said they need to work on going forward.

“If you get set pieces, particularly corner kicks it means you are putting your opponent under pressure. But we didn’t do justice, I thought we were not really up to scratch. We were really poor. It’s an area we need to improve and get goals,” said Ndiraya.

CAPS United coach Darlington Dodo said they did well defensively and also had moments which could have seen them winning the match.

“It was a good game, played with god tempo. We adapted well, we had good moments defensively. We were good in certain moments going forward especially counter breaks, we heard chances which we could have converted.

“I am happy with the movement, with the structure that we had planned for this game without the ball. The character and spirit, I am happy with what the boys did. It’s a big battle and when you get a point, we take it home and plan for the next game,” said Dodo.

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