DeMbare in derby delight

HARARE - Since 2009 CAPS United fans have only experienced pain against Dynamos in the league and now that suffering at the hands of their bitter city rivals will continue into 2015.

Yesterday, Dynamos continued with their domination of the Harare derby with a come from behind victory courtesy of second half goals Washington Pakamisa and Russell Madamombe.

CAPS, who last beat DeMbare in April 2009 when Nyasha Mushekwi scored a memorable brace at Rufaro Stadium, thought they would break the jinx when Tendai Samanja gave them the lead.

Samanja scored with a shot from close range after coming at the end of a headed effort from defender Ronald Pfumbidzai following a corner kick delivered by debutant Nicholas Alifandika after only eight minutes.

Alifandika, a former Dynamos player signed last week from lower division side Black Mambas, had a wonderful first half for his new pay masters.

The trickery winger was at the centre of most United attacks in that opening half as he gave DeMbare defenders plenty of work to do.

By the balance of play, CAPS should have been four goals to the good by the time the half time break arrived.

The DeMbare defence was at sixes and sevens with the new centre back pairing of Themba Ndlovu and Augustine Mbara still to click.

DeMbare can thank the woodwork for doing most of the defending in that opening 45 minutes.

Immediately after CAPS had taken the lead, Dominic Mukandi unleashed a long range shot that struck the cross bar with DeMbare goalie Artwell Mukandi well beaten.

In the 40th minute, it was Dominic Chungwa’s turn to be denied by the woodwork when his header also came off the cross bar.

To their credit, DeMbare kept the score line down to a minimal and remained in the game despite a tepid display from the men in blue.

During the break, most United supporters thought that this might be their moment when their team would break the DeMbare’s dominance in this fixture. But in the true sense of the cliché, this was a game of two halves. 

After the breather, DeMbare were a transformed side and with all of a sudden Alifandika was contained by Stephen Alimenda and could not find the room to manoeuvre like he was doing in the first half.

With Alifandika under check, Makepekepe were no longer that threatening side they were in the opening 45 minutes.

DeMbare were soon level when Pakamisa lobbed the ball into the net with an overhead kick that caught CAPS goalie Jorum Muchambo off guard.

That goal spurred on the Glamour Boys and for the first time in the match they were in front when Madamombe shot home from inside the box with 20m minutes to go.

Madamombe had came off the bench to replace Tafadzwa Rusike barely a minute earlier and could not believe his luck when the ball fell at his feet inside the box  after Chitiyo’s shot was charged down by George Nyirenda.

The former Monomotapa midfielder struck a low shot with Muchambo unsighted by the many bodies in front him.

DeMbare held on the lead to remain in third place on the log with 30 points just one behind log leaders Highlanders.

After the match CAPS United coach Taurai Mngwiro said: “I am very disappointed. We thought we had done enough to get a victory today but it was a different story at the end.

“I don’t know it’s a curse or what but we dominated in the first half, we should have killed the game in the first half however, we failed to utilise our chances.

“It seems we have two different teams the one that played in the first half and the other that played in the seconds half.

“I told the boys to play like what they did in the first half, searching for goals, they did that but at the end we conceded.”

His counterpart Calisto Pasuwa was in a jovial mood and mocked Makepekepe for getting their first goal against his team in open play since Evans Gwekwerere’s strike back in 2011.

“I am happy for CAPS they managed to score a goal in an open play after a long time against us which is a plus to them,” said Pasuwa.

“Maybe for that first goal it was a matter of attitude from my boys, they thought we have already beaten CAPS. But it was a matter of time before we could come back into the match.

“If you look at our bench, we have some strong impact players than most teams which shows the depth we have.”

Comments (5)

Dembare iteam yedu rova ngoma usekerere. Dembare plays good football especially against Feke Feke & H/Landers. Caps Utd now back to the drawing board becaz operation BEAT DYNAMOS flopped. Hokoyo ne Chazunguza. Dembare for life. Thank God I love this team in blue & white.

A. MBEYO - 28 July 2014

Ndokuti timu ka uku zoraaaaa-a!

Ninja 3 - 28 July 2014

Corpse Utd aka Feke-Feke will always play second fiddle to Dynamos FC.Corpse Utd are beneath mighty Dynamos Fc.There is a reason why Dynamos fc are a record 20times Zimbabwe Champions,Zim`s most successful/famous&best supported football club.Viva Dynamos FC,,The Boys in Blue/Harare Glamour Boys.

Tambavakachenjera Pasipaipa - 28 July 2014

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