DeMbare loss leaves Mandigora Exposed

Dynamos’ first loss of the season – a 3-0 thumping by Caste Lager Premiership log leaders Chicken Inn on Sunday, means the job has started in earnest for coach David Mandigora.

David Mandigora
David Mandigora

Inevitably, some fans on their way home wanted to know why some players, including widely derided midfielder Walter Mukanga, always finds themselves in the starting line-up despite persistent underperformance. It is In such occasions that dubious team selections come back to haunt a coach.

Things were looking good, on paper at least, going into the Chicken Inn encounter, with four wins and two draws leaving the then undefeated champions in second place, just a point behind the leaders.

But those impressive results masked some woeful performances. The strike-force has been blunt, with Simba Sithole and Dominic Chungwa boasting just a goal apiece after Round 7. Since the opening day 3-0 win over Buffaloes, Dynamos are yet to score more than a goal a game.

An average of 0, 66 goals a match in the last six perhaps explains why the club’s fans sounded so disgruntled on Sunday despite it having been only their team’s first loss of the campaign.

Dynamos’ 1-0 victories over newcomers Dongo Mills and Flame Lily, as well as Chapungu, looked somewhat laboured. And there was more than a hint of luck in the draws against Harare City and CAPS United.

The comprehensive defeat to Chicken Inn came despite the fact that Mandigora had his usual seven defensive minded players in the side, with Oscar Machapa and natural left-back Qadr Amin on the wings.

How Mandigora is going to reshuffle his side in the coming matches could go some way towards defining the season for the champions, with a showdown against FC Platinum in Zvishavane looming at the weekend, followed by an equally challenging home a tie against How Mine.

He will need to re-arrange the pieces in midfield, an exercise that should involve the removal of misfit Mukanga. There is also need for more creativity and flair across the midfield position, where Chitiyo is being overworked.

Maybe the chances that have gone to Machapa and Mukanga could have been better utilised had they gone to younger players like Bret Amidu.

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