Kumbula inspires DeMbare

HARARE - Patrick Kumbula netted a brace to propel Dynamos to an easy 3-0 victory over Castle Premiership debutants How Mine on Sunday at Rufaro Stadium to move to within one point of log leaders Highlanders.

DeMbare now occupy third position on the with 28 points from 15 games while Chicken Inn, who beat Shabanie Mine 2-1 on Sunday, are in second place with 29 points.

Highlanders, who also have 29 points, sit on the summit of the log courtesy of their superior goal difference over the Gamecocks.  

The Glamour Boys looked like they would run riot against the league debutants after Kumbula had opened in the 17th minute while Russell Madamombe added a second on the stroke of halftime.

The defending champions, however, toiled in the second half and could only add one more goal after Kumbula completed his brace shortly after the start of the second half.

DeMbare went on to create a number of glorious chances but they could not add onto the 3-0 scoreline.

Sunday’s win was a strong response from the Glamour Boys after they were handed their first defeat of the season in a 3-2 mid-week loss to Buffaloes.

Dynamos coach Calisto Pasuwa was pleased with the way the team got about their business in dismantling How Mine.

“It was a good win for us and a morale boost for the team especially after that mid-week defeat to Buffaloes,” Pasuwa said after the match.

“We need to build on this win today to start collecting maximum points in our next matches. Given the way things are shaping up, we are now working towards defending our championship.

“We need to stay focused on every game because there are no small teams in the league. Who thought we could lose to Buffaloes?

“The boys played well but there are also some areas which we need to work on. We conceded a lot of free-kicks in some precarious positions and we have to improve on that.”

Dynamos started strongly, dominating the proceedings and were duly rewarded in the 17th minute after some excellent work on the left side by Ocean Mushure.

Mushure started the move in his own half exchanging a quick one-two with Devon Chafa and Madamombe before sending in a cross to Kumbula.

The former Hippo Valley forward looked like he had fluffed his chance when he applied a heavy first touch but he steadied himself before placing the ball beyond Pedzisai Gumiremhete’s reach.

On the stroke of half time DeMbare doubled their lead through Madamombe, whose harmless free-kick found its way to the back of the net after Gumiremhete was distracted by a number of DeMbare players who had made the dart into the box.

After the breather, DeMbare increased their lead on 60 minutes after Mushure and Muparati combined to set up Kumbula for an easy tap in.

Teams

Dynamos: George Chigova, Thomas Magorimbo (Boban Zirintusa 68th min), Ocean Mushure, Augustine Mbare, Russell Madamombe, Gift Bello, Tawanda Muparati, Morris Kadzola, Devon Chafa (Steven Alimenda 85th min), Patrick Kumbula, Clive Kawinga (Allan Tavarwisa 63rd min)

How Mine: Pedzisai Gumiremhete, Brighton Dube, Khumbulani Banda, Gilbert Banda, Herbert Dick, Ocean Mpofu (Simba Sithole 46th min), Menard Mupera, Thembani Masuku (Eddie Nkulungo 68th min), Thandazani Ndlovu (Timothy January 46th min), Warren Dube, Nqobile Mpala. - Godknows Matarutse


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