DeMbare finally win

HARARE - Dynamos returned to winning ways when they defeated relegation-threatened Mutare City Rovers 2-0 yesterday in a Castle Lager Premiership match to move into the top four.

The Glamour Boys have been nothing but mediocre this season but kept up hopes of a top-four finish alive after goals from Roderick Mutuma and Dominic Mukandi subdued the visitors, who are now left with a mountain to climb if they are to survive the chop.


DeMbare are now on 43 points, two ahead of fifth placed ZPC Kariba with only two games to go before the season ends.

If they manage to hold on for a top four finish, it would be a miraculous turnaround for Lloyd Mutasa and his technical team considering what has happened throughout this season.

“I think it was a good game. The last time we scored three, this time we scored two, it’s unfortunate that we are getting goals late in the season but it’s a positive sign on the scoring part,” Mutasa said after the match.

“We also managed to keep a clean sheet, I think you could see that Mutare City tried their best but the boys were resolute at the back. It was a difficult game especially considering that we were playing a team desperate to survive relegation.

“They came and gave their all and didn’t make life easy for us but credit should go to the boys for defending well. We are not reading much into what is happening with ZPC Kariba but if they slip-up we are more than eager to grab the chance and finish in the top four.”

Mutare City, who were missing the services of veteran pair of William Mapfumo and Cyprian Muchabaiwa, went behind just after four minutes.

Mutuma did well to beat Mutare City goalkeeper Victor Twaliki from close range with a powerful shot.

Mutare City was presented with a chance to equalise on 32 minutes but Agrippa Murimba somehow shot straight at Dynamos goalkeeper Ashley Reyners.

It was a miss that set the tone for the rest of the game as the visitors went on to miss more glorious chances.

Second half substitute Mukandi sealed victory for Dynamos when his powerful shot on 74th minutes from inside the box gave Twaliki no chance at all.

Mutare City coach Taku Shariwa was not exactly gushing optimism after the match.

“It’s not over but (the loss) it’s a major blow,” he said after the game.

“It looks a real tough situation to get out of. It’s still two games to go and we are separated by one point so we have to go and redeem ourselves against Harare City in our next game.

“It was a 50-50 game with equal number of goalmouth action. We had our chance when it was 1-0 unfortunately Agrippa (Murimba) left his scoring boots at home and that could have been the turning point for us.

“I think we also conceded soft goals because in football it’s about the number of mistakes you make and the number of mistakes the opponents convert and unfortunately we were punished from those silly blunders.

“But I am not surprised because we were missing William Mapfumo and Cyprian Muchabaiwa who are attending a coaching course. At this stage their experience is invaluable.”

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