Dynamos extend lead

HARARE - Dynamos left-back Ocean Mushure’s long-range wonder strike two minutes from time floored a gallant Harare City in a crucial Castle Premiership match yesterday as the defending champions move two points clear of second-placed Highlanders.

With the fans bracing for a stalemate, Denver Mukamba, who had a quiet afternoon, let fly a ferocious effort from just outside the box which was blocked by a City defender into the path of Mushure.

The former Motor Action fullback’s well-executed volley beat impressive City goalkeeper Nomore John.

Dynamos assistant coach Tonderai Ndiraya admitted City had given them a contest.

“It was a shaky performance, but we kept on believing,” said Ndiraya.

“We knew we would get a goal. In the last 15 minutes we were in their box; we had an upper hand. It was a difficult match (because) Harare City put a good fight. It was a wonderful goal from an unlikely source. It was well-executed on the volley.”

Yesterday’s victory by DeMbare was sweet revenge for the champions, who ironically, fell to the Premiership debutants in the reverse fixture through a late Quinton Masika goal.

DeMbare’s  victory over the municipal team, who had until yesterday not lost to the so-called Premiership Big Three of Dynamos, CAPS United and Highlanders, was even more gratifying for Calisto Pasuwa’s men as it increased the gap between themselves and unbeaten Highlanders, who drew with Chicken Inn in Bulawayo yesterday.

The match was a game of two halves with City outplaying the Harare giants in the first half while DeMbare were the better team in the second stanza.

City created a glut of chances in the first half, but like they have done all season, failed to put them away. Their best chance came in the 18th minute when City captain Godfrey Nguwodzawo outmuscled Dynamos defender Partson Jaure and set up Raphael Manuvire.

But with DeMbare goalie George Chigova at his mercy, the former Lengthen striker crashed his effort against the upright to the relief of the DeMbare fans.

Moments later, Nguwodzawo’s attempt to execute an overhead kick from a Munivire assist failed to come off with the entire DeMbare defence at sea.

Towards the end of the first half, DeMbare almost drew first blood through a Tawanda Muparati snap shot but the City goalie was equal to the task.

Dynamos relentlessly took the game to the Premiership newcomers in the second half and on numerous occasions, the municipal team had to thank their excellent goalie John.

10 minutes from time, John was on guard to save Guthrie Zhokinyi’s close range header from a Muparati corner. Moments later Zhokinyi’s header from another corner was blocked into the path of substitute Mutuma, who headed wide from close range.

Then came Mushure’s moment of magic! It was befitting that such a close contest had to be decided by an unlikely goal scorer.

City coach Biggie Mawiwi said: “We dominated the greater part of the game (particularly) the first half but we did not take our chances. We knew it was going to be tough. It was a good goal from Mushure.”


Harare City: Nomore John, Trymore Nyamadzawo, Willard Kalongonda, Godfrey Nguwodzawo, Edgar Tapera (Munyaradzi Diro Nyenye, 54 min),Witness Nyamusaka, Ronald Maketo, Raphael Manuvire, Nathan Ziwini, Silas Songani (Talent Chawapihwa, 61min), Crispen Dickson.

Dynamos: George Chigova, Guthrie Zhokinyi, Tawanda Muparati, Partson Jaure, Thomas Magorimbo, Ocean Mushure, Cliff Sekete (Tichaona Mabvura, 59min), Denver Mukamba, Farai Mupasiri (Rodreck Mutuma, 69 min), Martin Vengesai (Desmond Maringwa, 92min), Devon Chafa.

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