Triangle stun DeMbare

HARARE - Triangle coach Biggie Zuze was left a relieved man after guiding his ten-man side to win the One Wallet Cup against Dynamos here yesterday.

The two teams were tied 1-1 after 90 minutes and even a further 30 minutes of extra-time could not bring a winner which resulted in a penalty shootout where Triangle held their nerve to win 4-3.

Veteran striker Felix Kuswatuka had thrust Triangle ahead early in the first half while wasteful Roderick Mutuma equalised for the DeMbare moments before half time.

GETTING STUCK IN: Triangle defender Praise Tonha dives to block Dynamos forward Anesu Gondo during Sunday’s final. PICTURE: Annie Mpalume

Triangle went on to convert their spot-kicks through goalkeeper Ronald Mudimu, Praise Tonha, Hillary Bakacheza and Tichaona Chipunza. 

In reply, Dynamos had converted through Augustine Mbara, Ronald Chityo, Blessing Moyo while Tafadzwa Rusike and Thomas Magorimbo sent their spot-kicks wide.

Dynamos were their own enemies after creating a number of scoring opportunities but Mutuma was guilty of missing some sitters.

The Chiredzi-based side were reduced to 10 men in the 70th minute after defender Jimmy Dzingai was sent off for a second bookable offence but Dynamos could not use the extra man advantage.

In the end, Triangle had to dig deep to repel the DeMbare attacks for the remainder of the match. Despite playing with a man down, the Sugar Sugar Boys also caused DeM bare some anxious moments on the break led by man-of-the-match Cabby Kamhapa.

It has been a torrid few weeks for Zuze, who is reportedly on a three-game ultimatum as the axe was hovering over his head heading into yesterday’s final.

“I think it was a good win for us,” Zuze said. “I give credit to the boys; they did very well today especially when defending. We knew what it is like facing Dynamos in the final. I think we handled the pressure well.

“I am happy with the way we played. I felt we won the game in the midfield where we stuck with our game plan of passing. This is my first silverware in my coaching career and I will cherish it for the rest of my life.”   

DeMbare coach Calisto Pasuwa was disappointed with the result after watching his side miss a lot of good chance to wrap up the game in normal time.

“We should have buried the game in regulation time,” Pasuwa said after the match.

“Some of my players were not putting 100 percent effort leading to the defeat. There was a bit of complacency on my players and it was evident even when they were reduced to 10 men. We failed to make use of the extra men and we ended up losing the match.”

FOCUSED: Dynamos forward Washington Pakamisa tries to make his way past Triangle defenders during Sunday’s final. PICTURE: Annie Mpalume

Triangle struggled in the early stages of the match and in truth; it was only a combination of poor finishing and at times good defending especially from veteran captain William Mapfumo that prevented Dynamos from getting many goals.  

With Tafadzwa Rusike and Ronald Chitiyo combining well upfront, Mutuma wasted a number of good scoring opportunities before he was brought off in the second half.

At that stage, Triangle were content with the scoreline with Mudimu going down at every opportunity to eat away the seconds from the clock.

Teams:

Dynamos: Tatenda Mukuruva, Blessing Moyo, Thomas Magorimbo, Augustine Mbara, Themba Ndlovu, Stephen Alimenda, Ronald Chtiyo, Tawanda Muparati Cliff Sekete 65m), Tafadzwa Rusike, Roderick Mutuma (Anesu Gondo 91m), Washington Pakamisa

Triangle: Ronald Mudimu, Praise Tonha, Jimmy Dzingai, William Mapfumo, Nelson Merson, Charles Makoto, Cabby Kamhapa, Tichaona Chipunza, Courage Denias, Felix Kuswatuka, Hillary Bakacheza

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