DeMbare march on

MUTARE - Dynamos have reclaimed pole position in the Castle Lager Premiership title race after a hard fought narrow 0-1 win over a spirited Buffaloes here yesterday.

Washington Pakamisa scored the sole goal of the afternoon nodding home a Roderick Mutuma cross in a quick raid to give DeMbare the lead a seventh minute lead.

After having lost by a similar margin to Buffaloes in the reverse fixture, Dynamos held on for the crucial three points that ensured they regained the lead at the top of the table from ZPC Kariba.

Dynamos now have 49 points while ZPC is in second place with 47 points while CAPS United are third on 45 points.

It was also a sweet victory for Dynamos after having lost on all of their previous two visits to Sakubva Stadium.

After the match, DeMbare coach Calisto Pasuwa was delighted with the hard shift put in by his players to collect maximum points that kept them in the hunt for a fourth straight title.

“It was a scrappy match because of surface but we had more chances but we are in a title race and it doesn’t matter what type of goal you score,” Pasuwa said.

“There are no longer small teams if you look at how ZPC Kariba are playing. We need to give our all so that we can retain the championship by winning all our remaining matches.

“We hope the better team will win the league title at the end of the season.”

Buffaloes coach Moses Chunga blamed the defeat on the early goal conceded by his charges.

“It was from sloppy defending. We made a schoolboy blunder. We conceded against two players while we had four players,” Chunga said.

“We didn’t keep the ball well and we only managed to make two passes hence we could penetrate their defence.”

Although the contest was evenly balanced Dynamos enjoyed more possession and a clear attacking intent.

Mutuma should have opened the scoring in the fifth minute but he headed over the bar with Buffaloes goalkeeper Itayi Chiwara at his mercy.

The misfiring forward, however, redeemed himself two minutes later when he outpaced Marshall Machazana on the left before sending in a pin point cross towards his strike partner Pakamisa.

With the home side’s defence at sixes and sevens, Pakamisa was left with acres of space to give DeMbare the lead with an easy header.

Midway through the first half, Lloyd Katongomara could have brought the home team level but fired wide.

A minute before the break, the match was stopped for several minutes after seven fans ran onto the pitch after crowd trouble in the stands.

After the breather, the Mutare-based soldiers added a little more urgency into their play but they found it difficult to beat DeMbare stand-in goalie Tatenda Makuruva.

Kastigu Juwakinyu had a glorious opportunity to equalise but he failed to even test Makuruva when he sent his over-head kick over the bar.

At the other end, Pakamisa, Tafadzwa Rusike, Masimba Mambera and Walter Mukanga were all denied by Chiwara as DeMbare pressed for an assurance goal on the break.


Buffaloes: Itayi Chiwara, Marshall Machazani, Kelvin Thembani, Liberty Chakoroma, Prosper Matizanadzo, Phillip Chandisaita, Sherphard Nkata (Phillip Thembani 56m), Lloyd Katongomara, Juwakinyu Kastigu, Jacob Muzokomba, Roy Mwenga (Admire Dzumbunu 77m).

Dynamos: Tatenda Mukuruva, Oscar Machapa, Ocean Mushure, Themba Ndlovu, Augustine Mbara, Blessing Moyo, Walter Mukanga, Ronald Chitiyo, Masimba Mambare (Tafadzwa Rusike 56m), Rodrick Mutuma, Washington Pakamisa (Patrick Kumbula93m)

Comments (2)

Dembare iteam yedu rova ngoma usekerere. Thanx to Dembare fo winning against a bogey side Buffaloes. Jehova munengoni. Dembare fo life Chazunguza.

ABEL MBEYO - 13 October 2014

The game was tightly contested to the extend that anything was possible till the final minute,but as fans we urge Buffaloes to improve their security by even using the military police because the skirmeshes that characterised the eastern stand were chilling and not conducive for a family environment.Surprisingly the police just watched as visiting fans were mugged by the so called Japanies mafias.Some victims ran for dear life across the pitch thereby disrupting the match in progress.This madness must stop,its less than two months before another fan passed away as a result of violence.

NO TO HOOLIGANISM - 13 October 2014

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