Machapa saves Yogi

HARARE - Dynamos coach David Mandigora breathed a huge sigh of relief after an Oscar Machapa injury time strike ensured maximum points over FC Platinum here yesterday.

Prior to the match, Dynamos had lost two straight matches to Chicken Inn (3-0) and Whawha (1-0) while failing to find the back of the net in the process and pressure was beginning to mount on Mandigora from their hard-to-please fans.

With some Dynamos fans already leaving the venue, Machapa emerged an unlikely hero when he directed the ball into the net with his chest from an Ocean Mushure corner kick deep into stoppage time.

The win effectively halted FC Platinum’s mini-resurgence and denied the Zvishavane-based side at least a share of spoils having matched the defending champions man-for-man throughout the match. 

DeMbare coach Mandigora acknowledged that he was under pressure and lauded his charges for putting up a brave fight to collect maximum points.

“It was a relief for us because we have not scored for the past three games so it’s good to score and get a win,” he said.

“It’s good at least we got three points today. I was worried towards the end of the match because we had created some chances and failed to score. We kept on pressing and it paid at the end.

“I am happy for the fans and people who had kept faith in us. I hope we will continue to improve and get more points in our future matches.”

The win saw the Glamour Boys stay on third place with 17 points from nine matches three behind joint log leaders Triangle and Chicken Inn who are on 20 points.

Norman Mapeza blamed the defeat on lack of concentration from his players.

“It’s part of the game, I think it was just lack of concentration from the guys,” he said.

“When playing a good side like Dynamos you need maximum concentration. I always tell them the first 15 minutes and last 15 minutes of the game you need maximum concentration.

“We lost but I think my boys did very well. We just need to keep working hard and improve in our next matches. Most of my players are very young and they are still learning. I am proud of them they did very well.”

FC Platinum were visibly the better side especially in the first half but they could not convert their dominance into goals.

Mandigora’s game plan went up in smoke in the second half when he was twice forced to make injury inspired substitutions.

Obey Mwerahari pulled a muscle and had to be replaced by Godknows Murwira while Simba Sithole who had come in as a second half substitute had to be replaced by Kelvin Bulaji when he suffered a knee injury.

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