Dynamos blitz poor CAPS

BULAWAYO - Dynamos stayed on course for a record league and Cup double after beating rivals CAPS United yesterday to storm into the Mbada Diamonds Cup final for the second year running.

The Glamour Boys, who are also well- placed to retain their Castle Premiership title, brushed aside Harare rivals CAPS through goals from the dazzling Denver Mukamba, new club darling Simba Sithole and the resurgent forward Rodreck Mutuma to ease into the final of the country’s richest knockout football tournament.

“I think our guys came into this game determined to come away with a win and it showed in their performance,” said Dynamos assistant coach Tonderai Ndiraya said.

“I also think we had an upper hand mentally because our players have so become used to beating CAPS.”
The much-anticipated clash between the two bitter rivals failed to live up to expectations largely due to Caps poor showing as they never came to the party.

Dynamos goalkeeper George Chigova only had one shot fired at him throughout the whole match as the Green Machine attack seemed overawed by the occasion and ran out of ideas in the final third of the pitch.

The CAPS strikers were guilty of taking too many touches inside the Dynamos penalty box which allowed the opposing defence to regroup and clear the danger before any damage could be done.

And when the Dynamos strikeforce had their chances they took them in emphatic fashion as if they wanted to teach their opposite numbers a lesson in the art of scoring.

Mukamba grabbed Dynamos’ first goal after 39 minutes when he was allowed a second bite of the cherry by the CAPS defence following an interchange of passes that involved Ocean Mushure and Murape Murape.

Mushure began the move when he went on the overlap before squaring for Murape.

The veteran midfielder then set up Mukamba, whose first effort was blocked only to roll kindly back to him.

His second effort flew past a bemused CAPS goalie Itai Chiwara.

This goal took the stuffing out of the Green Machine, who had gradually started to take control of the game after a nervy start with Rahman Kutsanzira orchestrating some nice buildups from midfield.

Dynamos nearly added another goal just before the half time break but a good combination play by Mukamba and Mutuma ended with the later shooting narrowly wide.

 After the half time break, United introduced Nqobile Mpala for the disappointing Shingi Kawondera but the move failed to inspire any change in the CAPS attack as the former Highlanders striker spent the entire second half chasing shadows.  

It was Dynamos who went further ahead on 57 minutes when Sithole showed the instincts of a goal poacher with a neat finish from a long pass by Mushure.

After this goal, CAPS fans were forcibly ejected from the Soweto stand by disappointed Highlanders fans with whom they had formed an alliance against Dynamos.

CAPS suffered a further setback when they were reduced to 10 men on 77 minutes after defender Arnold Chiveya was shown a straight red card by suspect referee Hardly Ndazi.

Roderick Mutuma then put the final nail on the CAPS coffin with two minutes remaining when he finished off a cross by second half substitute Farai Mupasiri.

The move was started by another Dynamos substitute Martin Vengesai who replaced Mukamba on 83 minutes.

Dynamos midfielder Tawanda Muparati was chosen man-of-the-match by journalists covering the match.

Dynamos will meet Monomotapa in the final after Monoz beat FC Platinum 1-0 on Saturday in Mutare.


Dynamos: George Chigova, Timire Mamvura, Ocean Mushure, Gift Bello, Partson Jaure, Tawanda Muparati, Murape Murape (Cliff Sekete, 60 mins), Thomas Magorimbo, Rodreck Mutuma, Denver Mukamba (Martin Vengesai, 83 mins), Simba Sithole (Mupasiri , 86min).

CAPS:  Itai Chiwara, Arnold Chiveya, Leonard Fiyado (Washington Pakamisa, 77min), Shingi Kawondera (Nqobile Mpala, 46mins), Tapiwa Kumbuyani, Rahman Kutsanzira, Asani Nhongo, David Rediyoni (Edmore Chafungamoyo, 60 mins), Tendai Samanja, Blessing Zabula, Hardlife Zvirekwi. - Sakheleni Nxumalo

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