We lost concentration: Pasuwa

BULAWAYO – Dynamos head coach Callisto Pasuwa believes his charges paid the price for losing concentration at a crucial stage leading to their elimination from the BancABC Sup8r tournament at the semifinal stage by Shabanie Mine.

The Glamour Boys were eleven minutes away from reaching the final when they allowed Shabanie striker Tarisai Rukanda to cancel out Russell Madamombe’s lead and take the game to a penalty shoot - out.

The asbestos miners went on to book a date with Zvishavane rivals FC Platinum in the final after their keeper Victor Twaliki’s heroics won them the penalty lottery.

Twaliki saved two penalties and then made sure of his team’s victory by converting the decisive spot kick.

Pasuwa believes his charges took the foot off the pedal thinking they had already wrapped up the game courtesy of Madamombe’s strike on 22 minutes.

“We dominated play for three quarters of the game and wasted so many chances,” Pasuwa said.

“Our concentration levels must have gone down as we allowed Shabanie to equalise in the dying minutes and they went on to dominate us after scoring their goal which came about because of a lack of concentration by our defence.”

Shabanie Mine head coach Luke Masomere was ecstatic after his team’s victory and boldly declared that his charges will lift the trophy this year.

“I am really happy that we have progressed to the next stage which is the final and this is a result of the good preparation that we had because we really prepared well,” Masomere said.

He added that he was looking forward to an all Zvishavane clash in the final.

“It’s going to be an explosive encounter and Shabanie Mine will come out victorious. We definitely have to prepare well and we will win the cup.”

Masomere will take the credit for the Shabanie victory after the substitutions that he made in the second half saw the new players turning around his team’s fortunes.

The introduction of Fungai Chirinda and Valentine Ndaba tilted the game in asbestos miners’ favour as the duo combined well with the exciting Frankson Bushire to take the game to Dynamos.

Bushire had hitherto fought a lone battle in midfield against the formidable Dynamos central midfield combination of Tawanda Muparati and Devon Chafa.

Chirinda replaced the off form Pervington Zimunya while Ndaba came in for the injured William Ngonya.

The Dynamos defence struggled to deal with Ndaba’s set piece prowess during corner kicks and endured some anxious moments trying to clear his tricky corner kicks.

Former Gunners player Ndaba underlined his area of expertise when he calmly converted his spot kick during the penalty shoot-out.

Pasuwa’s substitutes on the other hand failed to prove their worth as veteran Murape Murape, Benjamin Marere and Clive Kawinga did not add much value to the Dynamos cause.

The trio replaced Cliff Sekete, Oscar Machapa and Washington Pakamisa but went on to perform below par.

Kawinga, who came in for Pakamisa with two minutes left on the clock, went on to miss his spot kick during the shoot-out as Dynamos crashed out.

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