Chungwa sinks Flame Lilly

HARARE - A late Dominic Chungwa goal was all defending champions Dynamos needed to collect maximum points against stubborn new boys Flame Lilly on Sunday.

The reigning champions should consider themselves lucky to bag maximum points after the league novices matched them man-for-man throughout the match.

Only a lapse in concentration by the prison wardens’ defence a minute from the end saw Chungwa break the deadlock. It was the first goal for Chungwa since his move from CAPS United at the start of the year which ensured David Mandigora’s men maintain their near perfect start to the campaign. 

The prison wardens had restricted the Glamour Boys to a few chances until a very late flurry. Mandigora admitted it was a tough game for his charges but lauded the three points.

“It was a tough game, I think our opponents played very well,” Mandigora told reporters after the match.

“I think we worked hard to get the three points. It’s a good result although we need to start scoring more goals.

“The important thing today is that we got maximum points.”

The win means Dynamos are tied on 13 points with log leaders Triangle, who trounced CAPS United 4-0 yesterday.

This was DeMbare’s third 1-0 win of the season having posted similar wins against Chapungu and Dongo Sawmills.

Flame Lilly coach Nesbert Saruchera blamed the defeat on lack of experience from his charges.

“I think lack of experience cost us the match,” Saruchera said.

“As I said earlier, the guys are still learning but we need to push. Overall I think we played well and it’s unfortunate that we lost. We need to go back to the drawing board and re-group.

“It’s still too early to panic. We hope to do well in our next assignments.

The defeat was Flame Lilly’s third of the season in five matches.

Although Dynamos looked the better side for larger parts of the game, they failed to turn their dominance into goals.

DeMbare started with captain Augustine Mbara at left back in the absence of both Ocean Mushure and Qadr Amini while Elisha Muroiwa partnered Sydney Linyama at the heart of defence.

Ronald Chitiyo was DeMbare’s most outstanding player and once again proved his worth after providing the assist for Chungwa.

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