Fans fete Mutasa, 'axed' Murape

HARARE - Dynamos coach Lloyd Mutasa is optimistic he will remain in charge of the side after the Glamour Boys beat Tsholotsho 2-0 to reignite their dim Castle Lager Premiership title chances.

Since the start of the week, Mutasa’s future at the Harare giants had been uncertain after two straight defeats to Highlanders in the league and How Mine in the Chibuku Super Cup.

Following an executive meeting on Tuesday night, club president Kenni Mubaiwa had announced they had sacked Mutasa’s assistant Murape Murape.

Yesterday’s was supposed to be Mutasa’s last game in charge as the club was already looking for a replacement.

However, despite Mubaiwa’s proclamations, Murape was on the DeMbare dugout for yesterday’s match while the club’s fans sang the two coaches’ names at certain intervals.

On the pitch, the Glamour Boys did not let the circus surrounding their coaches affect their performance as they dug deep to collect maximum points against a plucky Tsholotsho.

Midfielder Takunda Sadiki and forward Tawanda Macheke scored their first goals for the club to take the Glamour Boys’ tally to 38 points.

DeMbare now trail log leaders FC Platinum, who they face this weekend, by 10 points with only six games to go before the season ends.

Speaking after the victory, Mutasa is now already looking forward to the trip to Zvishavane this weekend. 

“I think as a professional what you would want to do even if you are getting sacked tomorrow, you have to do your job to the best of your ability and the rest is for God to decide,” Mutasa said after the match.

“What I can only talk of is what is happening on the field of play.

“Obviously as Dynamos, all the games we play we would want to win. FC Platinum is a team high on confidence, obviously, it will be a morale booster to us playing against such a team.”

On his team’s performance, Mutasa said: “It wasn’t easy but we created chances and ended up scoring two goals. It’s been a while since we scored two goals in a single game and I’m happy for the youngsters.

“Football is a pressure game and we told the youngsters that they are the very same players that can lift us from where we are and they responded well.”

After a quick start, DeMbare took the lead in the 17th minute when Sadiki beat Tsholotsho goalkeeper Nickel Marichi with a volley from outside the box.

Sadiki was teed up by Masimba Mambare following a throw-in and he produced a sweet strike with the outside of his right boot that went in at the far post.

The visitors could have equalised on the half hour mark but McClive Phiri was unlucky when his shot from close range was blocked by his teammate Nixon Gama.

After the break, Tsholotsho were determined to get back on level terms and pinned back DeMbare in their own half for most periods.

The home side’s defender Elisha Muroiwa almost scored an own goal when he tried to block Oceant Ncube’s effort in the 54th minute.

Two minutes later, Gama had the ball in the back of the net but the visitors’ joy was short-lived as he was correctly ruled out for offside.

After sustaining long spells of Tsholotsho pressure, Dynamos finally made sure of the three points when Macheke, who had replaced Sadiki in the 76th minute, scored two minutes before the end.

The former Midlands State University forward did well to control a cross from Mambare inside the box before turning and shooting past Marichi.

Tsholotsho coach Lizwe Sweswe thought Macheke’s goal should have been ruled out for offside.

“This is a game of football; sometimes you win and sometimes you lose even if you play well,” Sweswe said.

“Their player handled the ball but all of a sudden they were given an advantage, they go there (in our half) and I think it was an offside when they scored.”

 

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