Sloppy DeMbare squander 3-goal lead

Dynamos........................(1) 3
Shabanie Mine...............(0) 3

HARARE - Dynamos crumbled like a sand castle yesterday as they allowed Shabanie Mine to come back from three goals down to force a draw in a lively Castle Lager Premiership match.

The game resembled the famous 3-3 draw between Dynamos and CAPS United from the 2016 season in which DeMbare also caved in in the dying stages to draw a game in which they had been leading 3-0.

The Glamour Boys, who lost to Chicken Inn in their opening match, had raced into 3-0 lead after 66 minutes after getting their goals through Valentine Kadonzvo, Kudzanai Dhemere and Quality Kangadze.

However, the Chinda Boys showed great character by coming back into the match courtesy of a brace by David Temwanjira while Richard Kawondera got the other goal.

With a bit of luck, the visitors could have gone onto win the match but Tinashe Mupumha failed to score with a glorious chance two minutes from full time.

Mupumha’s effort was pushed out for a corner by DeMbare goalkeeper Blessing Mwandimutsira.

If the Shabanie midfielder had shot at the far post with a bit of more conviction, he could have completed a memorable comeback and win for the asbestos miners.

The Chinda Boys, who have very limited financial resources and lost a number of their key players from last season, remain unbeaten in their first two matches following the opening weekend’s 1-0 home win over Triangle.

Shabanie coach Takesure Chiragwi was chuffed by the fighting spirit shown by his players when it seemed they were dead and buried after Kangadze scored DeMbare’s third.

“I don’t have much to say but just to congratulate my boys for the guts and the fighting spirit they showed,” Chiragwi said.

“Getting a point away from home especially when you are playing a big team like Dynamos; you cannot ask for more from your players.”

The youthful coach said despite going three goals down, his team never panicked as they still believed they would get back.

“We always play until the final whistle so we just encouraged the boys to keep on fighting until the final whistle,” Chiragwi said.

“I’m happy they managed to do that. We will keep on pushing and you can see these are youngsters but they have showed courage.

“Most of them have not played in the premier league before and this gives us confidence as coaches.”

Dynamos assistant coach Biggie Zuze, who was sitting in for Lloyd Mutasa, who is away in Zambia with the national team, was disappointed with his team’s defending.

“We thought that we had wrapped up the game with the number of chances we created; we had the game in our hands,” Zuze said.

“We should not take anything away from our opponents because they kept on fighting. This is what we expect in games.

“We relaxed a lot especially in our defending; we were not tracking back and we were losing the ball a lot which allowed Shabanie to come back.”

Kadonzvo got the ball rolling for the home side when he netted just after the half hour mark.

The winger ghosted from the blind side to side foot a cross from Blessing Moyo past Shabanie goalkeeper Petros Moyo.

Dhemere increased the Glamour Boys’ lead moments after the half time break with a neat close range finish.

Cleopas Kapupurika started the move near the halfway line when he released Kangadze on the right side.

Kangadze sent in a low centre into the box where Dhemere controlled first despite the close attention from Shabanie defender Nyasha Mpofu before slotting past Moyo.

DeMbare seemed home and dry when Kangadze was finally rewarded for his enterprising play in the 66th minute.

The DeMbare forward started the move when he won possession just outside the Shabanie box before firing in a low shot that was parried back into play by Moyo.

From the rebound, Raphael Manuvire’s tame effort was again parried by the scrambling Moyo.

Kagadze then scored with a rising shot from the rebound.

Shabanie continued to play their sleek passing game but would find a way back into the match through a set-piece three minutes later.

Temwanjira scored after a goalmouth scramble from a Trevor Ajana corner kick and the comeback was on for the visitors.

Substitute Kawondera scored the visitors’ second with a header after a mistake by Marshall Machazane 10 minutes from time.        

Temwanjira completed his brace a minute later when his low shot beat Mwandimutsira at his near post.


Dynamos: Blessing Mwandimutsira, Blessing Moyo, Romario Matova, Marshall Machazane, Jimmy Tigere, James Marufu, Kudzanai Dhemere (Obey Mwerahari 83m), Raphael Manuvire, Cleopas Kapupurika, Quality Kangadze (Kuda Kumwala 84m), Valentine Kadonzvo (Valentine Ndaba 65m)

Shabanie: Petros Moyo, Lloyd Manyande (Richard Kawondera 75m), Ali Maliselo, Nyasha Mpofu, Joe Nyabinde, Tinashe Chigede, Trevor Ajana, McDonald Makuwe (Carlos Rusere 53m), Tinashe Mupumha, David Temwanjira, Amon Kambanje (Kibaki Dhlamini 73m)

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