ZPC Kariba on the brink

HARARE - A super charged second half performance of resilience and determination saw ZPC Kariba floor defending champions Dynamos 2-1 here on Saturday to put one hand on the Castle Lager Premiership title.

ZPC had seemed down and out after Anesu Gondo thrust Dynamos in front with a first half header.

But that did not silence the Saul Chaminuka coached side, who dug deep and ultimately emerged victorious with second half goals from substitute Tsepo Ranthokoane and the age-less Limited Chikafa.

ZPC now need at least a draw against CAPS United in the last match of the season to cap off a fairy tale season by lifting the title in only their first season in the top flight league.

Chaminuka was naturally elated after the match but remained modest in victory.

“I do not know how to tell you how happy I am, because what this means is that we are one game away from winning the championship in our first season in the Premiership,” Chaminuka said.

“Conceding that goal was a mistake it happens in football. But one thing is that when you make a mistake it’s how you rise from it that matters. And if you are able to fight and to come back into the game like the way we did it shows that we are team with character.

“I know we have beaten Dynamos today but we can lose the title. If we are going to talk about the championship we still need to win against CAPS United. Dynamos could have lost here but can still go on to win the league.”

Dynamos coach Calisto Pasuwa avoided the media after the match quickly rushing into the dressing room

Needing an outright win to secure a fourth consecutive title with one game to spare, Dynamos were on the ascendency early on.

They duly went ahead just six minutes into the match with Gondo rising highest to head home Masimba Mambare’s well flighted cross.

However, ZPC refused to be cowed by the defending champions and would go on to play with their hearts on their sleeves.

The PSL debutants were nearly rewarded but for Tatenda Mukuruva to pull off a great save to keep out Pride Tafirenyika’s header before Tawanda Munyanduri  hit the side netting.

Mutuma would be gifted an opportunity at the other end but the striker skied his effort from an acute angle.

Moments later, the gangly striker was more accurate after coming to the end of Mambare’s cross but ZPC goalkeeper Tonderai Mateyaunga was equal to the task.

The PSL debutants returned from the breather with more resolve and it took only 13 minutes for ZPC to level.

Second half substitute Ranthokoanes’cross eluding everyone including Makuruva.

That goal blew the wind in ZPC Kariba’s sail as they begun to dictate the tempo with Tafirenyika showing bags of experience in midfield.

The team was working in unison and goalkeeper Tonderayi Mateyaunga pulling off a game changing save stopping Simba Sithole’s goal bound header.

And then with the Dynamos defence out a sea ZPC were in front after 69 minutes when Chikafa, who had tormented Dynamos all afternoon, header home Tawanda Nyamandwe’s cross.

Dynamos threw everything at ZPC in the hope of an equaliser that would keep the fate of the championship in their hands but Dennis Dauda was rock solid in defence.

The result did not seat well with Dynamos supporters who had running battles with the police after the match.

In the midst of the commotion, Dynamos defender Oscar Machapa was apprehended after allegedly punching a police officer.

ZPC Kariba: Tonderai Mateyaunga, Dexter Phiri, Tawanda Munyanduri, Ephraim Mwinga, Trevor Chikede (Moses Makanje 80min), Obey Mwerahari (Tsepo Ranthokoane 48 min), Pride Tafirenyika, Tanwanda Nyamandwe, Peter Muzondo, Limited Chikafa, Dennis Dauda.

Dynamos: Tatenda Mukuruva, Blessing Moyo, Ocean Mushure, Augustine Mbara, Themba Ndlovu, Stephen Alimenda (Tawanda Muparati 72min), Thomas Magorimbo, Ronald Chitiyo,  Masimba Mambare (Tafadzwa Rusike 65min), Anesu Gondo (Rodrick Mutuma 7min), Simba Sithole.

Comments (1)

now what is this?" the result did not seat well with dynamos supporters who had running battles with the police after the match.' I thot this only applied to highlandes and was about to congratulate dembare fans for behaving well. now i see that they are no better than bosso. for me now they are worse. the lose of one game makes them behave that way. what will happen when they loose like bosso. the whole of zim will be on fire.

see - 10 November 2014

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