Zekumbawira finally proving his mettle

HARARE - When Francisco Zekumbawira arrived at Harare City at the beginning of the current Castle Premiership season, Dynamos fans were like scorned lovers.

He’s injury prone, they said. He doesn't suit your style, they said.

But the big forward has been quietly earning back his confidence at the Sunshine Boys and proving critics wrong.

And after Saturday’s performance in which he led City’s destruction of How Mine, fans are beginning to wonder if they were right.

Zekumbawira was almost unplayable over the weekend, scoring a brace on either side of William Manondo’s strike to give City their fourth win in five games.

He didn’t waste much time winning over the hearts of neutrals at Rufaro Stadium, scoring his first goal that was a thing of beauty.

James Jam weaved an intricate pass inside the box, Zekumbawira took the ball into his stride with his first touch, before letting loose an unstoppable short that left Donovan Bernard a bystander.

Moments later it seemed as though he would not last the distance after limping to the touchline with a recurring ankle injury.

But somehow he shook that off to come back and score his second off the afternoon.

But before that, City would surge further ahead through the Manondo strike, 22 minutes into the game.

Manondo lurched onto a return ball from Benson Maglasi with a first time volley that caught the How Mine backline by surprise.

How Mine, however, kept their heads high with Wonder Sithole, Godfrey Nguwodzawo and Warren Dube all causing the home team some anxious moments.

But there would be no denying the Sunshine Boys in the 60th minute with Zekumbawira putting City’s victory beyond question.

The move was ignited by Raymond Uchena through ball that found Zekumbawira down the centre at the half way line.

Although at that moment the gold miners’ defense was at sixes and sevens, Zekumbawire still had a lot of work to do.

But the City striker made it look easy.

He charged towards goal, looked up and picked his sport and coolly completed his double.

Zekumbawira could have grabbed a hatrick later on but failed to connect from inside the box.

That would be his last contribution to the match as he was soon substituted for Misheck Mburayi.

But the ovation he received from the small crowd at Rufaro was testament of his contribution.

Harare City coach Masimba Dinyero did not hide his admiration for the former Hwange striker.

“Every game he has been playing very well. In Kadoma he assisted Osborne Mukuradare’s three goals. This time he is playing. He is using his body very, he is a good player,” Dinyero said.

“At Dynamos there was the problem of coaches. You know how coaches are like, but now he is playing with a free mind.”

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