DeMbare Loss: End of Road for Lloyd Mutasa?

Harare - Could the loss to Harare City signal the end of Loyd Mutasa's job at DeMbare, after losing one of the three matches meant to gauge his worth at the ailing giants.

Mutasa’s efforts to save his job appeared on course when he led Dynamos to identical 2-1 victories over Bulawayo City at home and Chapungu away, halting a seven game winless streak. 

But the recent defeat was a huge dent on DeMbare’s quest to recover lost ground in the league race. 

The Harare giants yesterday paid the price when they gifted City with a seventh minute goal and then allowing defender Chayambuka to score again with a quarter of an hour played.

Mutasa, however, kept a straight face after the defeat.
Lloyd Mutasa 

“Football is a pressure game, but I wouldn’t want to believe I am under pressure. I am a football coach. When you get into this job you know what is expected of you,” said Mutasa.

“Such is football. You know, every time that you get into the field of play, as a coach you would want to come out victorious, but it wasn’t to be. The whole idea is to go back, look yourself in the mirror and you try again.

“I think we gave them two early goals and that enhanced their confidence. We tried to come back into the game. We scored one and here and there we had some few chances, but it wasn’t our day.

“I wouldn’t want to believe it was complacency on our part. These things happen in football. Probably we started very slow and they capitalised on that.”

Harare City coach Mark Harrison was full of praise for the 29-year-old Aces Youth Soccer Academy alumni.

“He has been excellent all season. We have taken him since the beginning of the pre-season to get him, into that position to score goals and today he got two. It was superb.

“The way we play our fullbacks should be getting goals and that’s what we ask from him. Today he got two and I am well pleased for him, fantastic,” said Harrison.

Harare City had more of the ball yesterday with their sleek passing game. Harrison’s men took their points tally to 17 with their fourth win.

But Dynamos kept the match alive after goalkeeper Maxwell Nyamupangedengu spilled Quality Kangadze’s long range shot in the 21st minute and Dhemere pounced on the rebound.

“It’s a very good performance, three points. I am very happy, obviously. It wasn’t an easy game, it was a battle. You know Dynamos they have got the 12th man. They (supporters) make a bit of noise and they make it difficult for you.

“But I thought we started ever so well. We passed the ball well, we moved the ball well and we opened them up. We got the two goals, but we gave away a sloppy goal which then made the game difficult for the rest of it, really,” said Harrison.

Teams:

Dynamos: T. Mateyaunga, G. Mukambi, O. Mwerahari, M. Machazane, B. Moyo (M. Mukumba, 53rd minute), J. Marufu, K. Dhemere, K. Kumwala, Q. Kangadze, E. Mandiranga (P. Makaha, 56th min), P. Mutasa (C. Kapupurika, 46th min)

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