‘Penalty was turning point’

3 April 2017

Dynamos coach Lloyd Mutasa

DYNAMOS coach Lloyd Mutasa says the penalty they conceded a minute before the break was the major turning point in their 1-0 defeat to FC Platinum at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday.

“You can’t talk much. The only thing I can do is to teach youngsters to play football. I was a distance (away) but they claim it was a handball. It was a match-changing decision. But these are decisions I am talking about. I think it was the turning point.

“That was the only difference between us and our opponents otherwise we matched them. We even created more chances than them. We were more offensive than them. But in football, if you don’t score, you will be punished,” he said.

Mutasa gave the nod to newcomers Quality Kangani (who gave a good account of himself) and Emmanuel Mandiranga, who was guilty of missing clear chances upfront.

“We have been working hard and such a show is not bad for all players. It was a really good game for the neutral. I think the new guys did very well. That’s what is expected from them. They took up the task and played according to instructions. It’s a much-changed and a very good side who are going to be up there.”

Mutasa said the league race is a marathon and there is no need to press the panic button.

“I wouldn’t want to curse my boys because of the setback. This is just the beginning and I know we will do well. Everything will fall into place. The league is a marathon. It’s just the beginning,” he added.

FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza said the three points were a great start to the season.

Mapeza’s side could have won 2-0 following Charles Sibanda’s disallowed goal.

“That’s all we need and obviously the win will give us confidence ahead of the season. It’s a massive three points. There is no bad win and such points are crucial,” he said.

On Sibanda’s disallowed goal Mapeza refused to comment.

“What did you see? You should write what you saw. I can’t comment on that.”