DeMbare in nervy win

HARARE - Dynamos began their defence of the Mbada Diamonds Cup with an unconvincing 4-2 penalty victory over Quelaton in the first round at Rufaro Stadium yesterday.

Rodreck Mutuma, who has fallen out of favour with the DeMbare fans, was the hero after he converted the last spot kick in the shoot-out to send the defending champions into the quarterfinals.

In the last eight, Dynamos will now meet Gunners, who beat Chicken Inn 3-2 at Pelandaba Stadium in Gwanda yesterday.

Judging from Dynamos’ performance yesterday, Moses Chunga and his charges will have very little to worry about when their paths cross in the quarterfinals.

Despite dominating the possession stakes, Dynamos were largely lethargic and were restricted to an unimpressive 1-1 draw by the Bulawayo side at the end of regulation time.

This was a tie pitting the number one team in the league and the bottom side on the log but at the end of regulation time there was not much difference between the two sides.

Dynamos started brightly by taking the game to their opponents and were rewarded when Denver Mukamba raced onto Tawanda Muparati’s lob to make it 1-0 for the defending champions after 19 minutes.

The former Kiglon midfielder timed his run to perfection before beating KwelaKwela goalkeeper Tapiwanashe Marime to the ball.

The Warriors midfielder then fired the ball into the back of the net despite the last ditch attempts to clear by a couple of Quelaton defenders on the line.   

Many inside the stadium expected Mukamba’s goal to be the first of an avalanche but DeMbare failed to turn their dominance into goals.

Quelaton held on for the remainder of the match after conceding and were dully levelled in the 79th minute through Eddy Nkhulungo’s opportunistic strike at the far post.

Dynamos goalkeeper George Chigova and his entire defence failed to deal effectively with Wilberforce Chiramba’s long throw-in from the left.

The ball fell kindly to an unmarked Nkhulungo, who toe-poked the equaliser at the back post to silence the vociferous DeMbare crowd.

Nkhulungo made contact with the upright when he scored and could not continue as he was replaced by Simba Manwere.

That was Kwela Kwela’s only meaningful attack throughout the game and it left the defending champions stunned.

There was nothing much Dynamos could do in the remainder of the match even though they continually poured in numbers forward.

In the 93rd minute, fullback Ocean Mushure thought he had grabbed the winner when his stupendous full volley had Marime at full stretch.

The Kwela Kwela goalkeeper showed great agility to tip over the strike for a corner kick.

The tie then went straight to a penalty shoot-out.

Devon Chafa, Mushure, Muparati and Mutuma all scored their spot kicks while Mukamba had his feeble effort saved by Marime.

For Quelaton, Manwere and Mhleli Sibanda were the only ones successful from 12 yards.

Timothy January and Proud Zireni were the Quelaton villains in the penalty shout-out.

Dynamos coach Calisto Pasuwa was disappointed by his players’ performance after the match.

“I have been psyching up my guys since Monday that when we are playing a team at the bottom of the log complacency can come in,” Pasuwa.

“They think against such teams they don’t have to fight for a win but look what happened today, we had to fight to win the match.

“I think we have a mental attitude that we have to correct. We need to fight hard to defend this cup.”

Despite the loss, Quelaton coach Farai Sibanda was pleased with his team’s performance.

“I’m very happy today because we managed to hit the back of the net. We couldn’t score in our last matches so for today I’m happy because we have a starting place,” Sibanda said.


George Chigova, Ocean Mushure, Thomas Magorimbo, Guthrie Zhokinyi, Partson Jaure, Devon Chafa, Tawanda Muparati, Tichaona Mabvura, Farai Mupasiri (Simba Sithole 49 min), Martin Vengesayi (Rodreck Mutuma 49 min)

Tapiwanashe Marime, Wilberforce Chiramba, Proud Zireni, Sbusiso Sibanda, Sikhumbulani Dube, Gracious Mleya, Innocent Kutsanzira(Tedius Mugumanya 55 min), Mhleli Sibanda, Timothy January, Eddy Nkhulungo (Simba Manwere 81 min), Thulani Moyo      

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