DeMbare stay in the hunt

HARARE - A quality header by Quality Kangadze in the 89thminute ensured Dynamos beat a stubborn Chapungu to remain in the race for the Castle Lager Premiership crown with only three games left in the season.

DeMbare appeared headed for a frustrating draw at the hands of a defiant Waru Waru but a lapse of concentration from the visitors allowed the home side to snatch a win with only a minute of regulation time left.

Off-colour DeMbare striker Christian Epoupa, who has been so quiet by his standards, lurched on a Marshall Machazane pass from the left flank, shrugged off challenge from a Chapungu defender before flighting in a pin-point cross into the box.

Second half substitute Kangadze connected with a spectacular diving header that gave Roy Mazingi in goals for the visitors no chance.

With the win Dynamos took their points tally to 61 and only two behind log leaders Ngezi Platinum Stars and second placed FC Platinum Stars who are both tied on 63 points.

Lloyd Mutasa was a happy man at the end of the match that his tactical changes paid dividend after making a double substitution in the 67th minute that saw Kangadze coming in for Masimba Mambare and Kudzanai Dhemere replacing Gift Saunyama.

“I think the idea was try and have fresh legs, try and have people who are comfortable on the ball, people who could look for the ball and get it...and I think it worked well for us at the end. I think the feeling is great I have always said that this is an institution that believes that probably the war is over when it’s really over and we want to be in the mix until the end,” Mutasa said.

“The belief is there and the good part is that the two teams are going to play against each other and we would want to see the outcome obviously the other one if not both of them are bound to lose points but what we are saying as an institution is let’s try to work hard, get maximum points and see where they will take us to.”

His opposite number Tendai Chikuni was livid after the match for what he described as a pre-determined result.

“If you look at the time we conceded that goal and the way things were going about I think it was a question of lack of concentration. It’s very unfortunate If you look at the way we played football today, it wasn’t easy we have been training,” Chikuni said.

“...we don’t want a situation whereby games are decided by poor officiating...the delaying tactics there were no football on the pitch where are we going we are losing the focus of developing football instead teams are winning cowardly. In the last minute when Dynamos scored they were no soccer balls on the field we were remained with one ball.”

The match started on a high tempo with Chapungu getting the first opportunity to find the net but Blessing Sahondo failed to put the ball past a withdrawn Tonderai Mateyaunga in goals for Dynamos choosing to shoot wide.

Themba Ndlovu was at hand to clear Cleopas Kapupuruka’s goal bound effort after the Dynamos player had neatly rounded goalkeeper Mazingi with action swinging from one end to the other but none failed to break the dead lock as the match weren’t to half time tied on 0-0.

Teams:

Dynamos: Tonderai Mateyaunga, Peace Makaha, Romario Matova, Marshall Machazane, Godfrey Mukambi, Tichaona Chipunza, Gift Saunyama, Cleopas Kapupurika, Christian Epoupa, Masimba Mambare, Ocean Mushure.

Chapungu: Roy Mazingi, Philip Marufu, Ricky Bota, Themba Ndlovu, Blessed Mbavarira, Colley Kwaramba, Ian Nyoni, Emmanuel Chitauro, Allen Tavarwisa, Osborne Mukuradare, Blessing Sahondo.

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