Chitiyo's stock rises

HARARE - Although Dynamos took a while to get going against CAPS United at the weekend, they never looked in any danger once Washington Pakamisa had equalised. 

Second half substitute Russell Madamombe scored the winning goal for the Glamour Boys with his first contribution of the match.

Both Pakamisa and Madamombe’s goals arrived in the second half to cancel out Tendai Samanja’s eighth minute strike to give Dynamos the win.

Dynamos had suffered in the first half as they failed to deal with the United attacks that were mostly being initiated by debutant Nicholas Alifandika.

In all fairness, Makepekepe should have at least scored three or four goals in the first half as they had DeMbare on the ropes.

The Green Machine, however, failed to utilise the numerous chances they created and were duly punished in the second period.

Although most DeMbare fans will fondly remember the two goal scorers, Pakamisa and Madamombe, but the comeback could not have occurred without the contribution on Ronald Chitiyo.

In the first half, Chitiyo was on the periphery as he failed to get any space to manoeuvre in a congested midfield.

Makepekepe central midfielders Samanja and Dominic Mukandi never gave the DeMbare star an inch in the opening half.

This season, Chitiyo has been DeMbare’s heartbeat and when he is on song the team plays well.

DeMbare’s play was lackadaisical in the first half but that all changed in the second period when Chitiyo finally began to get some space in the channel.

All of a sudden the CAPS defence that looked very astute in the first period became jittery every time Chitiyo was on the ball.

The midfielder’s drifts into deep midfield positions were the key feature in second half as it allowed him to escape the attention of Samanja and Mukandi as was always on the move – coming short, moving wide and drifting between the lines.

It was only a matter of time before the Glamour Boys were level when Pakamisa caught out CAPS keeper Jorum Muchambo with an overhead kick.

Madamombe completed the comeback with 20 minutes to go when his low shot from inside the box found its way into the back of the net from close range.

That second half performance by the Glamour Boys had Chitiyo’s stamp all over it and there is no denying the fact that Dynamos now have a real star in their squad.

After a slow start to his DeMbare career following his move from relegated Monomotapa at the start of the season, the former Douglas Warriors winger has now evolved into an effective playmaker in Calisto Pasuwa’s team.

The last time DeMbare had a genuine game changer in their squad was the days when Denver Mukamba was still at the club.

If Chitiyo can continue with this level of play he can easily surpass Mukamba’s status in that famous blue and white shirt.

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