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Gunners hold Dynamos

[Posted 01 Oct 2010]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Norman Maroto scored Gunners" equaliser against Dynamos last night

Zimbabwe's Champions League mini-league representatives in 2010 Dynamos were held to a 1-1 draw by defending champions Gunners at Rufaro Stadium last night.

DeMbare were the first to settle down, with Brighton Tuwaya scoring the first goal of the match in the first half of an important match for both Harare-based clubs. The Glamour Boys defender is not known for his scoring record for the Dynamos, and last night he scored from his head in the 41st minute.

Norman Maroto, a former son of the Boys in Blue, then punished some sloppy marking from his former employers' defence to draw Gunners level in the 64th minute. Maroto dispossessed Dynamos' goal scorer Tuwaya before burying his effort beyond Washington Arubi's reach.

The defending champions could have taken the lead in the 74th minute had the upright pole not denied Maroto his second goal of the night. Maroto is playing like a born-again player in a Gunners shirt. It is little wonder that he received some calls into the CHAN squad from Norman Mapeza early this year.

The draw leaves Dynamos 8 points adrift of pace setters Motor Action despite the Mighty Bulls's shock 0-2 loss to former champions Monomotapa last weekend. Motor Action have 42 points from 18 goals while Dynamos have now moved to 34 points from 15 games.

Should Dynamos win all the three games in hand, they will only manage to overtake Motor Action by a point. Yet it must be remembered that a bird in hand is worth two in the bush. There is no guarantee that DeMbare will simply collect the points from the outstanding matches.

The PSL race is getting tighter, and every team at this stage is fighting for something. Teams are fighting for any of the following outcomes; the championship itself, a second place which qualifies a team for the Champions League or a fight against relegation come end of the season.

Four teams will face possible demotion at the end of the current campaign, therefore each of the PSL team will be fighting to avoid finishing in the last four. The PSL board of governors recently agreed that the last three teams will face automatic drop, while the fourth-placed club will compete in the play-offs.

Gunners are now fancying their chances of gatecrashing into the championship race following their recent good showing, which includes last night's draw against Dynamos.

In the weekend fixtures, Gunners and Dynamos are set to renew their city rivalry in the ZAOGA Golden Jubilee cup semi-final clash at Rufaro Stadium. That match is penciled for Sunday.

PSL Fixtures for the weekend

Saturday: Motor Action v Bantu Rovers (Callies), Black Mambas v Lengthens (Morris Depot), Kiglon v Monomotapa (Rufaro), Douglas Warriors v Hwange (Dzivaresekwa)

Sunday: FC Victoria v Shooting Stars (Mucheke), Shabanie Mine v Eagles (Maglas)


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