Buffaloes go down

MUTARE - Dynamos claimed second position on the final 2015 Castle Lager Premiership log standings at the expense of Buffaloes, who were relegated to leave the city of Mutare in mourning yesterday.

The army side’s prayer for third time luck of surviving relegation with the last kick of the ball after escaping in similar fashion in the last two of their four-year stay in the top flight was unanswered this time around.

DeMbare nailed the final nail on the Buffaloes’ coffin when substitute Zivanai  Mhanda banged the winning goal right on the stroke of full time.

Watungwa-Watungwa, who even had the pleasure of missing a penalty, now join Whawha, Flame Lily and Dongo Sawmill in the second-tier league next season.

Reigning Coach of the Year Saul Chaminuka, who took over the troubled army side past mid-season, vowed to stay at Buffaloes as they fight for a Premiership return next season in Division One.

"We played a good game and we created scoring opportunities, when it is not your day a lot of things happen, we had a penalty that was saved,” said Chaminuka.

“I am staying at Buffaloes. I cannot continue to move and start new projects; we had no depth and quality in the side. We had a bad team but we are going to bounce back.”

Dynamos coach Tonderai Ndiraya said

“I think it was a good game. We came back a better side in the second half and we managed to have a good string of passes,” he said.

“We were given a gifted goal; what we wanted at the end of the day was three points.”

Although both sides started cautiously, Buffaloes’ seasoned campaigner Jacob Muzokomba had the first chance after his beautifully taken free-kick just missed its mark.

After surviving a barrage of Buffaloes raids, Dynamos were only to come close four minutes from the break with Kudzanayi Nyakasara heading a Ronald Chitiyo cross wide.

Referee Ruzive Ruzive was to point to the spot in the first minute of the second period after Godknows Murwira handled inside his box but Kawinga’s tame effort was parried away by the agile Tatenda Mukuruva.

With nerves getting the better of the army side Dynamos crept back and seized control of the game and could have gone ahead in the 71th minute only for Buffaloes shot stopper Chengetai Tandadzayi equal to the task.

He, however, was to find himself on the wrong side of action in injury time as he could not stop Mhanda’s volley.

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