Dynamos beat plucky Bulls

HARARE – Defending champions Dynamos’ superstitious belief was once highlighted on Thursday when they laboured to beat a youthful and determined Motor Action side 1-0 in a Castle Premiership match at Rufaro Stadium.

It seems more of a physiological problem for DeMbare that whenever they struggle to find the back of the net, they turn to “other forces” to unlock opposition’s nets.

It started with superstitious Dynamos fans sitting at the City end of the stadium who threw down a cane of drink believed to be filled with urine onto the Motor Action’s goal area.

In a desperate move to unlock the Bulls defence, Washington Pakamisa, who had missed some glorious chances the whole afternoon, responded by kicking the object into their opponents’ nets.

After it failed to yield results, Dynamos team manager Richard Chihoro was visibly seen throwing some brown powder on the touchline.

And moments later, Sydney Linyama rose high to connect home goalkeeper George Chigova’s long ball and give the record Zimbabwean champions victory right at the death.

Linyama, who made his debut for the Glamour Boys yesterday after being signed from Chicken Inn at the beginning of the season, punished Motor Action’s lack of concentration to spark off fervent celebrations from the Glamour Boys’ fans.

The rebuilding Mighty Bulls were unfortunate to lose the game after putting up a spirited performance that won the hearts of many.

Joey Antipas’ side fielded a completely new side after losing several players during the mid-season transfer window and the rookies surpassed expectations after holding DeMbare for the better part of the match.

Powered by youngsters acquired mostly from the famed Aces Youth Academy, such as Wisdom Mutasa and Walter Musona, the Bulls were a marvel to watch whenever in possession.

Antipas was even left encouraged by his team’s effort.

“The youngsters put up a hearty performance, giving as much as they got,” Antipas told reporters.

“With this team, I think we can come now come up with surprises. I was very encouraged by the performance of the boys. Experience was a bit of a factor, but you can only get it playing more games.

“With this squad, we will try and get our act together and see what happens next.”  

DeMbare, who also fielded their new signing of Oscar Machapa, were far from convincing, save for some few individual touches of brilliances from Russell Madamombe and Tawanda Muparati.

The Glamour Boys might have started strongly, keeping up possession, but they struggled to make any meaningful raids into the Bulls’ backline, which was well marshalled by Passmore Benard, Douglas Walaza and Godfrey Moyo.

The usually reliable holding midfielder Devon Chafa was replaced by Benjamin Marere in the first half. Instead, it was Motor Action who looked more threatening each time they ventured forward. 

DeMbare’s best chance fall to striker Pakamisa, who directed his header over the bar with keeper to beat while Thomas Magorimbo saw his effort crashing against the cross bar five minutes from full time.

Dynamos coach Calisto Pasuwa blamed the long break for his team’s lacklustre performance.

“I was mostly worried about this break of five weeks. Last time when we went for such a long break, we were beaten by Buffaloes. Again we had a problem with the approach of the players to these teams who are at the bottom of the log. The good part of it is that they managed to get the three points.”

With the win, Dynamos climbed into second place with 34 points from 19 matches, three points behind leaders Harare City.

Teams

Dynamos: George Chigova, Augustine Mbara (Sydney Linyama, 64min), Oscar Machapa, Partson Jaure, Gift Bello, Devon Chafa (Benjamin Marere, 30min), Thomas Magorimbo, Russell Madamombe, Tawanda Muparati, Patrick Kumbula (Farai Mupasiri, 72min), Washington Pakamisa.

Motor Action: Itai Chiwara, Collins Dhuwa (Walter Musona, 46min), Pasmore Bernard, Clive Sibanda, Douglas Walaza, Collen Kwaramba, Yves Ebabali, Wisdom Mutasa, Godfrey Moyo, Ngoni Maviri (Emmanuel Mandiranga, 88min), Tafadzwa Mukahlera (Scholar Hadebe, 74min).

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