Mushure rescues DeMbare

HARARE - An Ocean Mushure second half penalty was enough to ensure Dynamos progressed to the semi-finals of the NetOne Easycall Cup at the expense of How Mine here yesterday.

Mushure was the one who won the penalty for the home side after he was needlessly tripped inside the box by How Mine defender Victor Kamhuka three minutes after the break.

The Glamour Boys now join Chicken Inn, CAPS United and Highlanders in the semi-finals of the tournament.

Dynamos coach Tonderai Ndiraya was thrilled by the result which came against the backdrop of four matches without a win in all tournaments.

“We knew we were going to have a difficult afternoon. But I want to thank my boys, finally we have won today after a run of about four games without a win,” he said.

“I am glad we are in the next round. I am happy for the boys for the hard work they have put. We play every match to win and we want to win the tournament no doubt, it’s something we have control over. We want to be in the final and talk about winning the cup later.

Ndiraya’s counterpart Jerry Makota, who took over the reins following the departure of Luke Masomere, accepted the defeat.

“We were just unfortunate to concede that penalty. It was a penalty and they scored,” Makota said.

“I think we were very few in the box. We didn’t attack in numbers but overall the boys played very well from the back right through to the front. We now need to concentrate on the league considering we are in relegation zone.

“The cup has come and gone and it’s back to league assignments. It has been a poor season for us but we are hoping to do well in the remaining matches.”  

The match was delayed by about five minutes after heavy rains pounded Mbare shortly before kickoff.

And when the match finally got underway, the Glamour Boys were the first to settle creating some early chances but were either denied by How Mine’s impressive goalkeeper Bernard Donovan or poor finishing.

Dynamos went on to dominate the first half action and twice hit the woodwork through Mushure and Takesure Chinyama.

The home side’s breakthrough finally arrived after the break when Mushure ventured forward and was brought down by Kamhuka.

How Mine players, however, felt hard done by the referee Jimmy Makwanda for awarding the penalty.

After taking the lead, Dynamos could have added more goals but Richard Kawondera, Walter Mukanga and Farai Mupasiri wasted good chances.

Teams:

Dynamos: Tatenda Mukuruva, Godknows Murwira, Ocean Mushure, Elisha Muroiwa, Augustine Mbara, Stephen Alimenda, Blessing Moyo, Carlos Rusere (Walter Mikanga 63 min), Ronald Chitiyo, Takesure Chinyama (Farai Mupasiri 78 min), Richard Kawondera (Kelvin Bulaji 63 min)

How Mine: Benard Donovan, Tapiwa Kumbuyani, Thembani Masuku, Nyasha Mukumbi, Moses Gutu, Devon Chafa, Kuda Musharu, Victor Kamhuka, Mgcini Sibanda (Menard Mupera 74 min), Heritein Masuku, Tawanda Muparati (Benjamin Marere 61 min)

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