DeMbare march on

HARARE - Simply sensational! These are the two words to describe Ronald Chitiyo’s late strike against Shabanie Mine here that ensured Dynamos stayed on course for a fourth straight Castle Premiership title.

Despite putting up a lacklustre performance, Calisto Pasuwa’s men showed a true character of champions after Chitiyo finally beat Shabanie goalie Victor Twaliki with a wonderful curling effort five minutes from time.

For 85 minutes, DeMbare had huffed and puffed but the Chinda Boys defence led by veteran Zvenyika Makonese and Smart Muchabaiwa had held firm.

The asbestos miners’ resolve was finally broken by Chitiyo’s moment of magic when he got possession on the left before cutting inside to his favourite right foot.

The former Monomotapa midfielder picked his spot at the far post and there was nothing Twaliki could do to stop the ball from going in.

As the goal went in, news filtered in the stadium that Highlanders had lost to ZPC Kariba who remain hot on the heels of DeMbare.

With that win, DeMbare maintained their two point lead over second-placed ZPC Kariba with six games to go before the season ends.

Dynamos now have 45 points and ZPC are on 43 while CAPS is a further four points behind the log leaders.

Dynamos coach Calisto Pasuwa was delighted with the fighting spirit shown by his players as they had to dig deep for the win.

“I think we need to maintain the momentum,” Pasuwa said after the match.

“You can see how the other teams are playing against us. Shabanie were compact, they were defending with 10 men and we struggled to make any meaningful chances.

“I am happy with the win. We have to take each game as it comes and avoid getting carried away.

“There is still a long way to go. The best thing to do at this stage of the season is to concentrate on our matches.”

His counterpart, Jairos Tapera conceded defeat but vowed to steer Shabanie away from relegation in their remaining matches.

“I think it was a balanced game. They got their chance and utilised it,” Tapera said. “I think that (goal) was their only clear cut chance throughout the game. We have to accept the defeat. We have to go back to the drawing board and prepare for our next match.

“Of course our survival will now depend on how the other teams will perform as well. We are still going to fight. There are still a lot of points to play for.”

The match started off with Dynamos on the front foot and they could have surged ahead in the second minute but Roderick Mutuma was guilty of missing a sitter.

The visitors had their chances too as they slowly clawed back into the game but their strikers were also guilty missing gilt-edged chances.

The Chinda Boys almost capitalised on Artwell Mukandi’s failure to deal with a Godknows Murwira inviting cross.

Wellington Kamudyariwa however, hit the crossbar with the Mukandi and the entire DeMbare defence at sea.

As the game went on the Shabanie Mine players began to slow down the tempo and went down at every opportunity to eat away a few seconds from the clock.

It looked like the delaying tactics had worked as the match headed towards the end with the scores tied at 0-0 but Chitiyo had other ideas.

Comments (1)

That's Dembare 4 u at its best

Munhumutema - 29 September 2014

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