Pasuwa bemoans Pakamisa's absence

GWERU – Dynamos coach Calisto Pasuwa bemoaned the absence of striker Washington Pakamisa after watching his team lose 1-0 to newcomers Chapungu at Ascot Stadium in Gweru yesterday to surrender the Castle Premiership top spot.

The DeMbare striker was unavailable for selection for yesterday’s match as he was attending a family bereavement.

The defending champions never really threatened, particularly in the first half, as they lost for the first time away from home, having won two matches on the road so far this season.

“We lacked a senior player upfront,” Pasuwa told reporters after the match.

“We were not strong in the midfield as Walter (Mukanga) was not imposing enough. We failed to play as a unit. This is one of our worst games this season. Credit to Chapungu for a splendid performance.”

It was Chapungu who showed hunger to win with a polished performance, dominating possession in midfield.

Their wingers Talent Mwale and Farai Manase were mobile, keeping Dynamos fullbacks Thomas Magorimbo and Augustine Mbara back peddling for the better part of the game, thereby stifling Dynamos’ attack.

Chapungu showed grit in midfield with Maxwell Mavuto and Ngonidzashe Murisa getting the better of Walter Mukanga.

It was Dynamos, however, who had the first real chance after Mbara’s header was cleared off the line by Charles Murisa.

Talent Mwale then put Chapungu ahead on 25 minutes when he responded to a Calisto Maheya flick with a low shot past George Chigova, who reclaimed the first team jersey after missing the last two games while at his new club Supersport in South Africa.

Tafadzwa Rusike could have equalised on 31 minutes but his header off a Machapa cross just missed the target.

Indiscipline would get to Chapungu, who had Rodwell Muhlange and Courage Muzire expelled in added time.

Muzire was red-carded on 92 minutes for hitting Stephen Alimenda, while Muhlange was sent off for a crude tackle on Alimenda.

“We had a game plan for them and we stuck to it,” said Chapungu coach John Nyikadzino.

“We never gave them space. Actually, we were well prepared for them.”

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