TEARGAS CHAOS AT RUFARO
Two teargas canisters dropped by mistake at Rufaro yesterday almost caused the abandonment of the match between Dynamos and Yadah which ended 1-1.
At halftime, a police detail whose name was not provided, dropped the first teargas canister leading to a stampede in the terraces.
And angry fans then grouped up and confronted him as they demanded answers on the first incident.
It was then that another canister was dropped by the same police detail, causing another stampede. A senior cop, only referred to as Kutyauripo, then had to act and take the alleged culprit back to the station, paving way for play to resume.
“We are advised that they were all by mistake and it is very unfortunate. One of the senior officers then had to take him away and we are not sure what action they will be taking.
“Yes, the DeMbare fans had their role to play but the tear gas incident and missiles from the fans during play are clearly detached. A report on the missiles will obviously be written and DeMbare face fines,” said one of the officials.
The incident delayed the start of the second half, and when play resumed it was not short of more drama, as Yadah’s delaying tactics further infuriated the home fans, who resorted to more missile throwing.
Yadah captain Jimmy Dzingai saw red after he threw a missile back to the fans in another moment of madness, and the match commissioner’s report could lead to more sanctioning of the player.
Yadah were leading 1-0 in the first half after a Leeroy Mavhunga strike.
With Yadah one man down after the breather, Dynamos then managed to get the equaliser through a Kuda Kumwala’s strike.
Dynamos coach Lloyd Mutasa said he will take home the positives.
“We created few chances and we could have buried them and came out with three points. Such is football and we go back to the drawing board and work on our finishing.
“Obviously as a coach, every game that you play you would want to win. But such is the game,” Mutasa said.
“We are not happy and we are still in search of those points. You look at the creativity and the chances that came our way, and the conversion rate. It is not directly proportional to the finishing.
“It is still work in progress. At least we are happy that in as many matches, we have managed to score a goal. You only but think of scoring two as you go forward.”
Mutasa was forced to change his tactics but the decision to leave three at the back, with five across the field, backfired at times as Yadah fully utilised their deadly wingers.
“In terms of us getting into the scoring areas, we were thin and hence the need to change the formation with the guys who were doing well at training,” he said.
The Dynamos coach highlighted the delaying tactics by Yadah and was not happy.
“Tactically they did well because they were breaking the rhythm. You play three minutes and you freeze. On their part they did well but it was not good for us and it was not good for football.”
Now DeMbare management and technical team will be under a lot of pressure to turn the corner against rivals CAPS United and forget about what has been their worst start to a season.
“We know our supporters are hungry and we feel for them. But we assure them that one day we will break the duck.
“As a coach you would just want to come out victorious before a derby game for the confidence going in there. The derbies are all about who is hungry.
“And we cannot start to talk about it now. We will go back to training and see how the boys will be executing their duties. It is another tough encounter ahead of us.
“But you know with these derbies, probably you will hope that it will be the day that you will break the jinx,” said Mutasa.
DeMbare’s draw came on a day CAPS United were beaten 2-1 by Triangle at Gibbo, Ngezi were held 1-1 by Shabanie at Maglas while Highlanders and Chicken Inn drew 2-2 at Barbourfields.