Wisdom's glamour day

HARARE - Wisdom Mutasa yesterday scored his first goal for Dynamos since joining his father Lloyd at the Glamour Boys last month as the Harare giants edged Chapungu 1-0 to keep their faint title chances alive.

The Glamour Boys moved into fifth place on the Castle Lager Premiership log on 35 points and now trail leaders FC Platinum by nine points with eight games before the season ends.

Wisdom, gave the Harare giants the lead in the 14th minute after drilling the ball through a number of legs following a parry by Chapungu keeper Roy Mazingi.

Dynamos midfielder Denver Mukamba toyed with the visitors’ fullback Charles Mativenga on the left wing before sending in a low cross that Mazingi could only parry back into play.

Wisdom reacted quickly to pounce on the loose ball before the Chapungu defence could react to grab his first strike for the Glamour Boys since his move from ZPC Kariba at the halfway stage of the season.

From there on, the match opened up with both sides taking turns to attack but the finishing left a lot to be desired.

Chapungu defender Blessing Zabula almost scored an own goal in the 27th minute when he blocked Ocean Mushure’s cross with his thigh.

Dynamos could have added a second 10 minutes before the break following a mix-up in the visitors defence allowing Mukamba to steal possession.

The former Soccer Star of the Year, however, shot tamely at Mazingi when he had the entire goal to aim at.

Chapungu should have equalised moments later when Mativenga sent in a cross from the right but an unmarked Aleck Marime failed to connect with his head.

In the resultant attack, Chapungu central midfielder Agrippa Peperere beat a number of DeMbare defenders with some silky dribbling skills before laying off for Marime.

The former Hwange defender, who was a disappointment all afternoon, surprisingly dragged his shot wide of stand-in Dynamos goalkeeper Ashley Rayners.

Chapungu coach John Nyikadzino, who had been forced to replace injured midfielder Frankson Bushiri with Gift Phiri in the 20th minute, had to make another injury-inspired substitution at the start of the second half.

This time, left back Hilary Mugoniwa was replaced by Collen Kwaramba.

This meant Mativenga, who had started at right back had to shift to the slot left by Mugoniwa. 

Despite the changes, Chapungu continued to play well with Peperere and Cleopas Kapupurika enjoying most of the possession in midfield.

Kapupurika should have equalised for the Gweru-based side three minutes after the restart when he got at the end of a Kwaramba cross from the right.

The young midfielder shot terribly wide from close range.

In the 50th minute, Kwaramba was now seeing more of the ball on the right flank and brought a good save from Rayners with a shot from outside the box.

The Chapungu right back was involved again a minute later when he sent in a cross into the DeMbare box towards striker Phillip Marufu.

DeMbare centre half Marshall Machazane made a foolish decision to shove Marufu as he went for the header.

Referee Nomore Musundire was perfectly placed to spot the incident and did not hesitate to point to the spot and book the DeMbare defender.

Luckily for Machazane, Rayners, who was standing in for Tatenda Mkuruva, dived to his right to save a poorly taken spot kick by Chapungu captain Tafadzwa Mombeshora.

This was the visitors’ best chance to get at least a point from the match and Mombeshora spurned it while Rayners became an instant hero with the DeMbare fans.

After the match, Nyikadzino was disappointed with his side’s lack of composure in the final third.

“Basically, all I can say is that today (yesterday) we lost to a very lucky side. We created a number of chances including the penalty that we couldn’t put away,” he said.

“Football is a cruel game. We created much better chances than them but at the end of the day what counts are goals. Dynamos were lucky today.”

Lloyd Mutasa said: “I think if you look at the chances created, especially in the first half; we did not create a single chance but we created some chance that could have taken us through this game. But because we were only a goal in front, we had to fight until the death.”

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