Giants clash ends in stalemate
Castle Lager Premier Soccer League giants Dynamos and Highlanders played out a goalless draw at Bulawayo’s Barboufields Stadium on Monday.
But there were wins for reigning league champions Motor Action, who beat Shabanie Mine 3-0, and Masvingo United, who emerged 3-1 victors over vising Kiglon at Mucheke Stadium.
Hwange were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Monotapa in the day’s other league encounter.
But the big match was in Bulawayo, where Dynamos were looking to bounce back to winning ways following their goalless draw at home to Hwange on Friday.
The match however failed to reach the heights many had hoped for, with referee Nkosana Nduna hogging the limelight for his questionable officiating instead.
Highlanders felt they should have been awarded a penalty when winger Rahman Kutsanzira tumbled inside the box under a challenge from Dynamos centre-half George Magariro on 40 minutes.
De-Mbare coaches on the other hand were also livid about the numerous dangerous tackles on their players that went unpunished.
“The match was good except for bad officiating that is killing football in the country. Murape did not deserve the red card that he was given and there were several crude tackles on our players the referee ignored,” Dynamos assistant coach Masimba Dinyero said after the game.
Murape Murape was red-carded right at the end for remonstrating with the referee.
The result means Dynamos have only managed one victory in their first five matches of the new campaign.
Motor Action meanwhile did not need to break sweat in their 3-0 win over Shabanie.
An early goal from defender Themba Ndlovu calmed the nerves before second half strikes from Edmore Chitato and Enasio Perezu made certain of all three points for the reigning champions.
In Hwange, a last gasp equaliser by substitute Mkululi Moyo allowed visiting
Monomotapa to steal a point off the home side after a 2-2 draw.
Monoz had earlier taken the lead on 30 minutes, with striker Makai Kawashu
deflecting a Tendai Samanja strike past Hwange goalkeeper Timothy Sibanda.
The match was back on even terms twelve minutes later as Hwange captain Gerald
Ndhlovu converted from the penalty spot.
Striker Gilbert Zulu then thought he had found the winner for the home side with
a 76th minute header only for substitute Moyo to spoil the party for the coal
Castle Lager Premier Soccer League Results
Hwange 2-2 Monomotapa
Masvingo United 3-1 Kiglon
Dynamos 0-0 Highlanders
Motor Action 3-0 Shabanie Mine
FC Platinum v Gunners (postponed)
CAPS 1-1 Mambas
Chicken Inn 4-1 Shooting Stars
Zimbabwe Saints 1-0 Blue Ribbon