Mutuma sinks ZPC Kariba

HARARE - Roderick Mutuma scored a brace to hand Dynamos their first league win over ZPC Kariba and pile pressure on coach Sunday Chidzambwa, who is winless in five Castle Lager Premiership matches.

Mutuma, who had equalised for the hosts in the sixth minute after Raphael Manuvire’s fourth minute penalty, completed his brace when he scored in the second minute of stoppage time.

Chidzambwa, who has only managed to collect one point from a possible 15 after replacing Saul Chaminuka in June, was left disappointed with his defenders for allowing Mutuma space at the death of the match.

“To analyse this game briefly; we defended like amateurs in the last minute and I think this is not acceptable at this stage,” he said.

“I substituted George Magariro for Sylvester Appiah because we were not defending well and to concede a goal like that — then we shouldn’t be playing football at all.

“I’m very disappointed I don’t tolerate it when my defenders let simple goals like that after playing well for 90 minutes.

“Football is a game of mistakes and for us we have to correct our mistakes drastically. As for today (yesterday), I think we should have added more fighting spirit at the end of the match and we could have come out victors.”

On the other hand, the win was a welcome relief for DeMbare interim coach Tonderai Ndiaraya, who was taking charge of his first league game after taking over from David Mandigora earlier this month. Before Mutuma’s winning goal, the Glamour Boys’ fans were already singing songs denouncing Ndiraya.

“The game of football is played over 90 minutes and I think my boys kept on pushing for the whole game which paid off for us at the end,” he said.

“We created a lot of chances in the first half and we failed to utilise them but during the second half we kept on pushing until Mutuma’s last minute goal.

“We conceded early and I think it was a lack of concentration from (Sydney) Linyama but it happens in football as we remain patient.”

Ndiraya also showered praise on his two strikers Mutuma and Takesure Chinyama.

“For Chinyama, I think he is taking shape now as you know he started playing a few weeks ago after a long time. I think Mutuma and Chinyama’s combination is very deadly,” he said.

The Kariba-based side were first to score after Linyama brought down Tawanda Nyamhandwe inside the box.

Referee Brighton Chimene pointed to the spot and Manuvire sent the home side’s goalkeeper Tatenda Mukuruva the wrong way.

Two minutes later, DeMbare were level after Chinyama’s cross found Mutuma inside the box with a pin point cross.

Mutuma beat ZPC keeper Tendai Hove with a tap in from close range.

In the second half, the tempo of the match decreased with players from both sides showing signs of tiredness.

With the match heading for a draw, Dynamos should consider themselves lucky after the ZPC Kariba defenders lost Mutuma at the far post to head home Godknows Murwira’s cross.

With the win, Dynamos moved into third place with 32 points while ZPC Kariba remain in 12th place with 16 points.

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