Winning start for Yogi

HARARE - Reigning champions Dynamos got off the defence of their Castle Premiership title with a convincing 3-0 win against Buffaloes here yesterday.

The Glamour Boys handed returning coach David “Yogi” Mandigora a dream start to his second stint at the league champions.

Despite missing several players to the Young Warriors and with other players out with injuries — Simba Nhivi, a Kudzai Mwaramba’s own goal  and Walter Mukanga  carried the day for DeMbare.

The win was a strong reminder to Dynamos’ rivals of their intentions to win a fifth consecutive title having won the previous four league title under the guidance of Calisto Pasuwa.

DeMbare could have won by a much bigger margin had they been more accurate in front of goal.

Going into yesterday’s match, the visiting side, struggled to knit together passes for the better part of the match in a clear indication of lack of match fitness.

Mandigora was diffident about his side’s display in his post-match interview.

“I am happy with the result but not entirely happy with the performance,”  he said after the match.

“We managed to win because we scored early goals but I think my boys relaxed after scoring which is not good in the game of football.

“Also my strikers missed a number of chances but it happens in football.

“We have to improve on our performance in the next games. Our target is to win as many games as we can, as you know every game is important in the league, we have to forget about this game and concentrate on our next game,” added Mandigora.

His counterpart Buffaloes assistant coach Joseph ‘Shaba’ Takaringofa believed his side gave too much respect to the defending champions.

“I think we gave Dynamos too much respect and we conceded soft goals,” Takaringofa said.

“I am not happy with the performance of my boys, they were not in the game. We need to try and correct our mistakes particularly composure, confidence and our work rate as a team.

Despite the defeat Takaringofa remained bullish and declared that their target was to finish the season in the top four.

“We need to finish the season in the top four, I think this is possible if we remain united as a team.

“We want to beef up our squad as you know the transfer season is not yet closed, we are going to add two juniors and some few seniors, so far we only registered 22 players.

Dynamos were duly rewarded as early as 11 minutes into the game after Nhivi pounced from close range capitalising on some poor defending by Buffaloes defence.

The Glamour Boys continued to control the game and got their second goal in the 19th minute after Mwaramba beat his own keeper after failing to clear a Dynamos corner from Ocean Mushure.

Despite the frantic opening minutes which produced two goals, both teams appeared to reduce the tempo as the match went on.

Watungwa Watungwa, who were missing head coach Moses Chunga, who is reported to have gone AWOL, failed to come back into the game as Dynamos seemed content with their two-goal cushion.

The defending league champions would strike the final blow on Buffaloes late in the 82nd minute when Mukanga scored with a low shot from close range after being set-up by Nhivi inside the box.

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