DeMbare in derby delight

HARARE – Dynamos seized control of the 2013 Castle Premiership title race with a hard fought 1-0 victory over city rivals CAPS United in the Harare Derby at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday.

The reigning league champions made a significant step towards a third title in three years after their closest rivals Harare City drew with Triangle while Highlanders lost to How Mine.

DeMbare, who moved to 41 points after yesterday’s win, now have a two point lead City with only nine games left before the season ends.

United, who were looking for their first win against Dynamos since 2009, came unstuck through a goal from their former son Oscar Machapa in the 38th minute.

Machapa’s spectacularly taken shot that nestled in the top right hand corner of Tafadzwa Dube’s goal ultimately ended the Green Machine’s 10-game unbeaten run.

Makepekepe fans will feel hard done that their team failed to produce a worthy performance to break the shackles of Dynamos’ four year dominance.

The result also means United have now failed to breach the Dynamos defence in the entire time Taurai Mangwiro has been in charge of the team.

The last time United scored against their bitter rivals was under the ill-fated reign of Takaendesa Jongwe back in 2011, Evans Gwekwerere with the consolation goal in a 2-1 defeat at the National Sports Stadium.

But yesterday, Dynamos started the game the hungrier of the two city rivals and could have gone ahead as early as the fifth minute when an unmarked Washington Pakamisa headed wide Russell Madamombe’s perfectly weighted cross.

The Zimbabwe champions were back on the prowl five minutes later but Ocean Mushure dragged his effort off wide of goal after he had surge forward from his left back position.

United would need 18 minutes to fashion their first real opportunity.

Hardlife Zvirekwi’s first time effort inside the six yard box was turned away for a corner by an alert Partson Jaure.

United would go on to survive some anxious moments with Boban Ziruntisa, Tawanda Muparati and Machapa coming close.

But they would buckle under pressure just after the half hour mark when Machapa went on one of his trademark runs down the right flank.

The former Moroka Swallows defender beat Ronald Pfumbidzayi with number of step overs before cutting inside the box.

Machapa then unleashed a curling left footed shot that left Dube grasping thin aoir.

It was a goal that was greeted with an electrifying atmosphere from the thousands of DeMbare supporters in attendance.

Moments later Pakamisa should have done better after beating the offside trap to run onto Muparati’s through ball but his final touch was disappointing.

At the other end Dominic Chungwa headed wide on a rare first half CAPS counter.

Mangwiro started the second half by playing his cards early bringing on teenager Tinovimba Muskwe and Hardson Muchiso.

The duo brought some agency to United’s attack who for the first time in the match begun to pass the ball with confidence.

In the 69th, United thought they deserved a penalty kick after George Chigova spilled Pfumbidzai’s corner kick.

The ball fell kindly to Tawanda Nyamandwe, but he bundled over by the DeMbare defenders before he could shoot. Referee Thomas Masaa waved play on.

Dynamos were now a pale shadow of dominant team in the first half and were now relying on counter attacks.

They could have however notched another goal but Madamombe headed over after getting to the end of Machapa’s cross.

The match ended on a sad note with CAPS fans occupying the City End throwing missiles onto the pitch during injury time. United are likely to be sanctioned by the PSL for their fans actions.

Teams

CAPS United: Tapiwa Khumbuyani, Benson Maglasi (Tinovimba Muskwe 54min), Tafadzwa Dube, Tawanda Nyamandwe (Leonard Fiyado 78min), Tawanda Munyanduri, Dominic Chungwa (Hardson Muchiso 55min), Moses Muchenje, Ronald Pfumbidzai, Tendai Samanja, Hardlife Zvirekwi, Steven Makatuka.

Dynamos: Russell Madamombe, Boban Ziruntisa (Murape Murape 75min), Washington Pakamisa (Clive Kawinga 61min), Cliff Sekete, Steven Alimenda (Tichaona Mabvura 85min), Gift Bello, Partson Jaure, Tawanda Muparati,  Ocean Mushure, Oscar Machapa, George Chigova.

Comments (3)

Iwe Pasuwa koSydney Linyama ari kupiko? he is good, Cliff Sekete must play 90 minutes of football

Seith - 17 September 2013

Washington Pakamisa is a poor striker i have ever seen in my entire life. Sekete and Madamombe are creating 20 chances for him every game but, he scores zero. zero out of 20 chances ehe, this is ridiculous. Pasuwa try to start with Clive Kawinga.

Seith - 17 September 2013

Washington Pakamisa is a poor striker i have ever seen in my entire life. Sekete and Madamombe are creating 20 chances for him every game but, he scores zero. zero out of 20 chances ehe, this is ridiculous. Pasuwa try to start with Clive Kawinga.

Seith - 17 September 2013

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