Dynamos seal league and cup double

HARARE - Rodreck Mutuma, for the second year running, was Dynamos’ hero as the Glamour Boys defeated Monomotapa to retain the Mbada Diamonds Cup yesterday and complete a remarkable league and cup double in as many seasons.

Mutuma, who scored the winning goal in Dynamos’ 1-0 win over Motor Action in last year’s final at the National Sports Stadium, struck a second-half brace at Rufaro Stadium to condemn a disappointing Monoz outfit which meekly submitted to the Zimbabwean champions, much to the disappointment of many neutrals who had given them a chance to burst the DeMbare bubble.

The loss of star playmaker Ronald Chitiyo to injury in the early stages of the second half perhaps affected rhythm, but overally, Monomotapa just had no answer to Dynamos’ game plan, which was clearly centred on denying the opposition time and space to play their free-flowing type of football.

The first half was a rather dull affair with very few chances for either side, but DeMbare looked like the slightly better team.

Dynamos’ midfield wizard Denver Mukamba, relatively subdued by his high standards, had the best chance of the first half when his sizzling half-volley was brilliantly parried away for a corner by impressive Monomotapa goalkeeper Artwell Mukandi.

A minute later, Mutuma missed narrowly with a glancing header as Dynamos continued to pour forward in numbers.

On 25 minutes, attacking right-back David Kutyauripo, on song throughout, came at the end of a fine move but failed to find the back of the net with just the keeper to beat.

Monomotapa had their own chance to draw first blood on 42 minutes, but Hilary Mugoniwa’s powerful free kick was tipped over the bar by Dynamos goalkeeper George Chigova, who openly protested having a touch, a move which incited Dynamos fans on the Mbare end of the stadium to throw an assortment of missiles onto the goal area.

In the second period, the gangly Mutuma continued to be a threat in the final third, and was duly rewarded on 64 minutes when left-back Ocean Mushure whipped in a dangerous cross that he superbly tipped out of Mukandi’s reach in the far corner.

Mutuma’s brace was complete when he easily finished off after his striking partner Simba Sithole went on a spirited run wide on the left before laying a pin-point low cross, which was easily stabbed past a hapless Mukandi.

Zvikomborero Biseki had an opportunity to pull one back eight minutes from time, but he shot weakly at Chigova after a good build-up by Biggie Zuze’s men.

DeMbare should have made it 3-0 on 87 minutes after catching Monoz flat-footed, but Mukamba disappointingly fluffed the chance.

Zambian Arthur Kaseloki should also have done better with the rebound, which be blazed over.

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