Dynamos keep pressure

HARARE - Dynamos turned on the style in the second half to destroy Gunners yesterday and maintain pressure on Castle Lager Premiership log leaders Highlanders.

Second-half goals from Tawanda Muparati, Denver Mukamba, Farai Mupasiri and Roderick Mutuma broke the Gunners resistance.

DeMbare take their points tally to 43 after yesterday’s win while Highlanders, who beat Motor
Action 2-1 at Barbourfields Stadium, are on 46 points.

Highlanders have played one game more than Dynamos, who are still waiting for the outcome of their appeal to have their 4-2 win over Hwange in May being awarded to them.

Yesterday, DeMbare endured an exasperating first half as plucky Gunners kept them at bay.

Moses Chunga was back in the Chando Kupisa dugout and it looked like he had struck the right codes.
When Dynamos got into their groove, their rhythm was interrupted by the visitors’ goalkeeper Prosper Chigumba, who was injured after attempting to save Mukamba’s shot that crushed against the upright in the 31st minute.

Chigumba ate away close to 10 minutes with his delaying tactics before he was eventually replaced by Stephen Chimusoro in the 40th minute.

Two minutes after the break, Dynamos found the breakthrough with Muparati’s exquisite finish that hit the top corner of Chimusoro’s net after he was set up by Martin Vengesayi.

Mukamba made it 2-0 for the hosts in the 55th minute with a fine solo run.

New DeMbare sensation, Mupasiri, made sure of the result with a close range finish in the 72nd minute after he was teed-up by substitute Mutuma inside the box. Mutuma, who was last season’s Golden Boot winner but had last scored in July, put the icing on the cake for Dynamos with another solo strike a minute from full-time.

The lanky forward picked up possession in his own half before driving menacingly into the Gunners half.

Mutuma finished with aplomb, as his rising shot hit the roof of the net with Chimusoro well beaten.

DeMbare might have scored more goals, but Mukamba wasted a lot of opportunities with his show boating.

Dynamos assistant coach Tonderai Ndiraya was pleased with the way his reacted in the second half.

“In the first half it was quite difficult because we were slow in trying to breach their defence because they were marking 1v1,” Ndiraya said.

“At halftime, we talked to the guys and they came back better and they upped their game. We were creating more 2v1 situations so that is why we managed to create the four goals.”

Ndiraya added: “We spoke to him (Mukamba). We want him to be professional because we want more goals, since the championship might be decided on goal difference.”  

Chunga, who was taking charge of his first match at Chando Kupisa, said: “I can only give credit to the youngsters.

“Most of them are playing in the top flight for the first time and I think the pressure was on Dynamos. If they had reached double figures I would have been worried.”

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