DeMbare survive City scare

HARARE – Dynamos maintained their charge towards a fourth consecutive Castle Premiership title on the trot after thumping 10-men Harare City 3-5 in a match that had all the ingredients of a thriller here yesterday.

First, the match was delayed by 15 minutes after a DeMbare wardrobe malfunction as the defending champions, who were the away team arrived at the venue with shorts similar to their opponents.

In the end, DeMbare had to put on black training shorts for the first half of the match before changing to white away shorts at halftime.

WARDROBE MALFUNCTION: Dynamos players Ocean Mushure and Ronald Chitiyo in their team's improvised black shorts in yesterday's tie at Rufaro Stadium. Picture: Annie Mpalume

When the match finally kicked off, DeMbare took the lead through a wonderful strike by full back Ocean Mushure seven minutes before the break.

City equalised three minutes after the break through James Jam’s powerful shot from the edge of the box after he was set up by substitute Osborne Mukuradare.

Three minutes later, DeMbare were back in front after Cliff Sekete headed home a cross from Ronald Chitiyo.

The ping-pong affair continued  moments later, Francisco Zekumbawire stunned the DeMbare crowd when he beat returning goalkeeper Artwell Mukandi with a wonderful striker from outside the box.

Before the supporters could get a grip of what was happening, the Sunshine Boys were reduced to 10-men after captain David Kutyauripo pulled down a goal-bound Chitiyo from the edge of the box. Kutyuripo received his second booking of the game and from the resultant set piece Mushure struck the crossbar.

The rebound fell to substitute Washington Pakamisa, who headed home past a scrambling Maxwell Nyamupanedengu.

Five minutes later, DeMbare added the fourth goal when Roderick Mutuma scored with a glancing header from a Mushure set piece.

However, City were handed a life-line after a moment of madness by Mukandi, who delayed with possession before he was robbed by Zekumbawire.

The striker fed Mukuradare, who had an open goal to aim for, but he was tripped from behind by Mushure from behind to hand the Sunshine Boys the spot kick.

Mukuradare stepped up to send Mukandi the wrong way and ensure a frantic finish to the match.

Pakamisa made it safe for DeMbare when he grabbed his brace with another fine finish from outside the box.

With the win, DeMbare maintained their three-point advantage over second-placed ZPC Kariba.

DeMbare coach Calisto Pasuwa said: “Our defending was very porous today and remember we were looking for goals and we didn’t want to conceded but it’s part of the game.

“We have won the three points and I’m happy for the boys. We haven’t been scoring many goals, only getting one or two but today we got five.”

Commenting on the championship race Pasuwa said: “Every game that we are playing now we have to take serious and it doesn’t matter who we are playing. In our next game, we are playing against Bantu and these small teams are the ones that have been giving us problems this season.”

Harare City coach Masimba Dinyero was disappointed by the way his team defended yesterday.

“We conceded silly goals. If you concede silly goals and trail from the start your confidence will drop,” he said.

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