Rest Mutore, Sports Reporter
Dynamos coach Tonderai Ndiraya says their goalless draw against Herentals in the Chibuku Super Cup is a wake-up call.
DeMbare were sluggish for the better part of the game, something Ndiraya admitted calling his boys to action.
“A bad start for us, a start which we didn’t expect. I thought we were flat.
“Herentals were better, they wanted it more. They were hungrier, more aggressive. It was just frustrating,” said Ndiraya.
Ndiraya said their opponents had a clear game plan which they managed to counter.
He, however, bemoaned lack of reaction from his boys.
“Their plan was very clear, pumping the ball forward, play the second ball but I thought we were in control of the second ball.
“But we were very slow in transition when we got the ball, we didn’t really know what to do with the ball. Psychologically Herentals were better, we spent about 30 minutes in our own half defending but fortunately we were very tight at the back.”
Ndiraya who threw a number of new players into the fray said he will continue reminding that they are playing for a ‘demanding’ club.
“I tell the boys that our institution is always for results and if we don’t switch on and push for results it becomes difficult.
“It was a good wake-up call for us, particularly some of ye new players in the team, I thought we were a bit casual on our approach to the game and Herentals took control. Herentals got more chances than us, a bit unusual, if you look at the quality that we have,” he said.
Herentals coach Kumbirai Mutiwekuziva is delighted to pick a point against DeMbare.
“A good point for the team given the nature of the opponent we were playing. The biggest team in the country and getting a point from them is good for us.
“We have been underdogs, so when you pick a point it gives you confidence going forward,” he said.
Meanwhile, the result meant all teams in Group 1 have played to draws after Harare City and ZPC Kariba drew 1-1 earlier.
Yadah and CAPS United played to a 2-2 draw on Saturday.