Murape delighted with derby win

HARARE - Dynamos captain Murape Murape praised his teammates after their 1-0 win against CAPS United in the much-hyped Harare derby on Sunday.

The 33-year-year midfielder however insists his side still has a lot of work to do to win their third successive Castle Premiership title.

The Glamour Boys’ win saw them extend their four-year stranglehold on their city rivals in a match that failed to live to its billing as both teams allowed pressure and tension to take its course and eventually failed to play meaningful football.

 And that the match was decided by a Devon Chafa’s first half well taken penalty was a befitting result for both teams who lacked the imagination to find space to manoeuvre and create chances from open play for large parts of the game.

 But despite the fact that the Harare derby was one big yawn, Murape, who has been involved in several derbies in his career, left the National Sports Stadium a happy man after claiming the bragging rights.

 “We are very happy to win the derby and maintain our dominance over them,” Murape said after the match.

 “It always brings great satisfaction beating CAPS United, who are our number one enemy. It might not be one of the most exciting derbies but it should be expected from big matches like this.

 “There is a lot of pressure in these derbies, people will be expecting a lot. Sometimes you find it hard to adjust because no one wants to make a mistake. Players are usually cautious in their approach. You end up conceding so many errors.

“People should know that there is no bad derby win and we are very happy that we beat them again. For us players it was a good game and I think players from both teams did well.”

 The win pushed Dynamos, who are still unbeaten after 10 rounds of action, to 18 points. They now trail log leaders FC Platinum by just three points.

 DeMbare face Harare City tomorrow at Rufaro and Murape has already shifted focus to Bigboy Mawiwi’s team.

 “The next important thing now is our next game. We have to quickly put that CAPS win behind us and focus on our next game,” he said.

“Usually all our matches are difficult because everyone want to beat Dynamos. The league is a marathon and I think we still have a long way to go before we can start talking of defending our title,” added Murape.

 “It is important that whatever we do, we just need to win the championship at the end of the year.

 “We need to stay focused on our games without looking at what other teams are doing.” - Godknows Matarutse

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