Pasuwa blames defeat on referee

BULAWAYO – Dynamos head coach Calisto Pasuwa was left fuming after his team’s championship hopes suffered a setback when they were handed a narrow 1-0 defeat by Castle Premiership debutants How Mine on Saturday.

An irate Pasuwa marched off the field after the final whistle without granting journalists a post-match interview and told members of the fourth estate to, “write what you have seen of the referee’s performance.”

A solitary strike from How Mine chief striker Simba Sithole in the first half was enough to earn the hosts maximum points and they could not have wished for a bigger scalp to bounce back to winning ways after a barren spell.

Dynamos remain on 28 points, three behind log leaders Harare City, who beat Hwange 2-1 yesterday at Rufaro Stadium.

The gold miners are now on 24 points and remain in seventh place.

How Mine coach Philani Mabhena hailed his charges for the win and thanked his team’s executive for their patience when things were not working out.

“The team displayed a good fighting spirit and I must commend them for that,” Mabhena said.

“We are now looking for 12 points to survive and I am happy that the executive has been very patient when things were difficult and we were not getting points.”

Sithole struck the all-important goal on 21 minutes when he finished off a pass from Timothy January.

The move was initiated by How Mine left wing back Khumbulani Banda. The Dynamos defence was at fault for the How Mine goal for attempting to play out the ball after they had initially succeeded in shutting out the home side’s attack.

The gold miners thrived on the left flank in the first half with Banda and January combining to take advantage of Dynamos right wing back Morris Kadzola’s uncoordinated overlapping.

And with both sides adopting an identical 4-4-2 formation, the midfield was congested which affected creativity and resulted in a lot of scrappy tussles.

Dynamos did have chances to draw level in the first stanza but they failed to capitalise on How Mine goalkeeper Notice Dube’s height disadvantage as the keeper on numerous occasions failed to deal with high crosses into his box.

The visitors’ best chance came on the stroke of half time but the off form Clive Kawinga failed to tap the ball home after finding himself face-to-face with Dube.

Tawanda Muparati had supplied Kawinga with a cross. After the break How Mine parked in front of their goal and were able to hold off everything that Dynamos threw at them to register a much-needed victory.

The visitors’ best chance in the second half fell to Russell Madamombe whose cracker cannoned off the upright and back into play on 56 minutes.

Teams

How Mine: Notice Dube, Brighton Choto, Khumbulani Banda, Nelson Tachi, Herbert Dick, Ocean Mpofu, Mernard Mupera, Arnold Ndiweni (Thembani Masuku 67 min), Nqobile Mpala, Simba Sithole (Simon Njeleza 84 min), Timothy January

Dynamos: George Chigova, Morris Kadzola, Ocean Mushure, Gift Bello, Augustine Mbara, Tawanda Muparati, Devon Chafa, Thomas Magorimbo (Francesco Zekumbawira 57 min), Russell Madamombe, Washington Pakamisa (Farai Mupasiri 78 min), Clive Kawinga (Cliff Sekete 57 min)

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