DeMbare crush Whawha

HARARE - Reigning champions Dynamos got their weekend’s blues out of their system with a convincing win over WhaWha in a Castle Premiership match yesterday to ensure they remain in the title race.

But their win was soured by wins by Chicken Inn and FC Platinum in Triangle and Bulawayo, respectively.

Despite the convincing victory, Dynamos remain third, seven points behind the Gamecocks and two points adrift of the platinum miners.

The Glamour Boys, who lost 1-3 to FC Platinum last weekend were full value for their win and could have plundered more goals had their strikers been clinical in front of goal especially in the first half where they entirely dominated.

For lifeless WhaWha, their performance was as good as not turning up for the match which many had hoped would put DeMbare under pressure given their loss to FC Platinum.

Ocean Mushure, who was returning from suspension having missed his team’s last two matches, opened the floodgates in the 11th minute with a well-taken free kick, just outside the box.

It got worse for WhaWha when Ronald Chitiyo doubled the lead in the 18th minute after getting to the end of a Roderick Mutuma re-bound whose initial effort had been blocked by goalkeeper Stanley Chakwana.

Takesure Chinyama’s precise finish from a Mutuma through ball a minute later put DeMbare in command.

The tie was over as a contest in the 20th minute when WhaWha defender Gift Kwaramba bundled the ball into his own net under pressure to clear a Mushure inviting cross.

Former FC Platinum striker Nelson Maziwisa scored the consolation for WhaWha in the 33rd minute when he beat Tatenda Mukuruva on the near post after he was allowed space inside the box. But Godknows Murwira responded with a spectacular free kick three minutes later.

Dynamos coach Tonderai Ndiraya praised his boys for a job well done.

“It was a good result; I thought we did all the good work in the first half where our boys pushed hard. Our game plan worked, we were pressing high and we made WhaWha make some mistakes which we capitalised on,” Ndiraya said after the match.

“I was impressed by the first half but not the second half. We came back a changed side.

“I thought it was complacency which crept into the boys. And also our substitutions didn’t put as much effort as we wanted.

“So it was a game of two halves. I am impressed by the first half performance and the result,” a relieved Ndiraya said.

WhaWha coach Lloyd Mutasa felt the defeat has now complicated things for them in their fight for survival.

“I think it was one of the worst games we have played in the Premier League. It’s a game probably the youngsters gave away in the first 20 minutes. You concede four goals against the champions in the opening 20 minutes and you are out of it,” Mutasa said.

“We have put ourselves in a tight corner.

“We just need to try and win our next matches. Like I said before that our destiny is no longer in our hands. We have to depend on how other teams are performing.”

Teams:

Dynamos: Tatenda Mukuruva, Godknows Murwira, Ocean Mushure, Sydney Linyama, Elisha Muroiwa, Ronald Chitiyo, Carlos Rusere, Roderick Mutuma, Takesure Chinyama, Obey Mwerahari, Stephen Alimenda

WhaWha: Stanley Chikwana, Blessing Chidzero, Gibson Madamombe, Gift Kwaramba, Marshal Machazane, Sylvester Nhamo, Livingstone Genti, Kenneth Bhuka, Cleopas Kapupurika, Raymond Horonga, Nelson Maziwisa

Premier Soccer League Results

Dynamos 5-1 WhaWha, How Mine 0-3 FC Platinum, Triangle United 1-2 Chicken Inn, Hwange 0-1 CAPS United, Chapungu 2-1 Tsholotsho, ZPC Kariba 2-0 Harare City.

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