Dynamos seal passage, face Vita

GABORONE - Dynamos stormed into the first round of the African Champions League with a convincing 4-1 aggregate win over the Botswana champions Mochudi Centre here on Sunday to inspire confidence into their 2014 African Safari campaign.

The Glamour Boys played out a 1-1 draw with the Magosi and after having won the first leg 3-0 in Harare they now face DRC’s AS Vita in the first round of Africa’s premier lub competition.

The Zimbabwe champions had got off to slow start before Ronald Chitiyo showed why he was amongst the hottest properties of the 2012 season with a sublime goal he orchestrated and finished.

Virtually against the run of play, with two minutes left on the clock before half time, Chitiyo received the ball near the centre circle before releasing Masimba Mambare down the left flank.

Mambare’s timely cut back was well met by the on rushing Chitiyo to hand Dynamos a four nil aggregate advantage.

Chiefs, however, kept probing and soon got their reward through second half substitute Onalethatha Tshekiso’s 70th minute strike.

Tshekiso had got to the end of Lesego Galenamotlhale’s through ball to punish a Dynamos defence out at sea and beating Dynamos goalkeeper George Chigova at his near post.

Playing in front of a near empty stadium dominated by Dynamos’ travelling supporters, Mochudi started, brightly breaking their opponents’ lines, three minutes into the match.

Pontho Moloi whipped in a cross from the right flank that eluded the entire Dynamos backline, but a lurking Lembonye Tshireletso could only side-foot his effort wide of Chigova’s goals.

Dynamos would have their own chances through Oscar Machapa and Tawanda Muparati’s speculative efforts.

But they felt they should have had the opener in the 20th minute through Mambare.

The former Highlanders star made a darting run behind the Chiefs defence that was well spotted by Walter Mukanga’s low cross.

Needing only the slightest of touches to beat an exposed Magosi goalkeeper Raphael Ntwane, Mambare somehow missed the ball altogether.

Despite the mammoth task to overturn the deficit, Chiefs never dropped their heads with Bonolo Fraser and Moloi keeping the Dynamos defence on their toes.

Elvis Meleka should have at least found the target after he was gifted a golden opportunity to bring some parity to the score line for the home side when Chigova spilled a cross into his path.

But the big forward his effort over the bar.

Chiefs soon got onto the score sheet with 20 minutes left to play to set off a nervy finish to the encounter.

With the win, Dynamos progress to the first round where they meet As Vita from the Democratic Republic of Congo, who dismissed Kano Pillers of Nigeria over the weekend.

The Nigerian outfit crashed out of the Champions League on a 4-3 aggregate loss despite beating AS Vita Club of DR Congo 2-1 on Saturday at the Sani Abacha Stadium.

Squads

Mochudi: Raphael Ntwane, Potsho Moloi(Atang Mmvashe, 79min), Sekgabo Molebatsi, Kereeditse Maphane, Arnold Chaka, Thabiso Khunwane, Elvis Meleka, Patrick Lenyeletse (Onalethatha Tshekiso, 61min), Othusitse Pilane (Lesego Galenamotlhale, 55min), Bonolo Fraser, Lembonye Thireletso.

Dynamos: George Chigova, Ronald Chitiyo, Augustine Mbara, Parston Jaure, Sydney Linyama, Steven Alimenda, Walter Mukanga, Tawanda Muparati (Tafadzwa Rusike, 63min), Masimba Mambare (Cliff Sekete, 77min), Washington Pakamisa (Simba Sithole 68min), Oscar Machapa.

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