DeMbare march

HARARE - Resurgent Dynamos continued with their fine form when they edged Bulawayo City in an exciting duel at Barbourfields Stadium yesterday.

But the hosts were left to rue the gilt-edged chances they wasted and in the end their dominance counted for nothing.

Philani Ncube’s side came into yesterday’s match smarting from two consecutive defeats suffered at the hands of Harare City and CAPS United, respectively.

They appeared to be in the mood to halt their horrendous form but their wasteful strikers let DeMbare off the hook.

The visitors started brightly with Masimba Mambare leading the attacks in the first 15 minutes in which the former champions pressed for an early opener.

But Bulawayo City began seizing control of the game and were dominating the middle of the park where Xolisani Moyo bossed.

Dynamos, however, scored from a set-piece in the 29th minute when Obey Mwerahari powered home from a Godknows Murwira corner.

Bulawayo City tried to turn things around in the second half but woeful finishing let them down badly.

Dynamos were resorting to counter attacks as they congested the midfield in a bid to protect their goal.

Bulawayo City wasted a glorious chance to level matters when veteran striker Mkhokheli Dube blazed over in the 58th minute with goalkeeper Tatenda Mkuruva stranded.

Dynamos held on for dear life and bagged their fourth victory on the spin to give their fans belief they can still mount a strong challenge for the title.

Victory took Dynamos’ tally to 20 points, six short of leaders Highlanders who clash with reigning champions Chicken Inn at Barbourfields Stadium this afternoon.

Returning midfielder Denver Mukamba was made to wait a little longer for his reunion with Dynamos after PSL botched his registration despite having been given the requisite papers — including his international clearance — on time.

The Glamour Boys still went on to win without him.

At the end of the match, Dynamos coach Lloyd Mutasa was the first to admit his charges had been given a good run for their money by the council side.

“It was one of our most difficult matches. We were very fortunate that we scored from another set-piece again and we managed to hold on,” said Mutasa.

“Thumbs up to Bulawayo City; they never gave up until the end. They gave us a good run for our money. I think we can still improve in many areas.”

While Mutasa did not want to be drawn into discussing his team’s title chances, yesterday’s result gives him something to look forward to as the season progresses.

Publicly, Mutasa is sticking with his “we would like to finish respectably” mantra.

However, the feeling behind the scenes at the country’s most successful and best supported club, is that they have a chance of winning this year’s title.

If results go their way this weekend, DeMbare would have thrust themselves back into the championship race — two months after they had looked like spending the season fighting relegation.

Mutasa has won over the boo boys who felt he was not the right man to lead Dynamos after he was thrust into the hot seat following the sacking of blundering Portuguese Paulo Jorge Silva — whose conduct and track record severely put him into sharp focus.

The former Tanganda and Dynamos midfielder, Mutasa, has turned things around since he took over from Silva — hauling the team back into sight of the leading pack.

No one can argue with him especially when they look at his results of the last four matches — four victories!


Today: Chicken Inn v Highlanders (Barbourfields), Boarder Strikers v Harare City (Dulivhadzima Stadium), Triangle v Tsholotsho (Gibbo Stadium), Mutare City v FC Platinum (Sakubva Stadium), CAPS Unitd v Hwange (Rufaro Stadium)

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