DeMbare almost safe

Herentals........................................0
Dynamos......................................(1) 2

HARARE - Dynamos now need a single point only in their remaining three Castle Lager Premiership matches to survive relegation after Valentine Kadonzvo inspired the Glamour Boys to victory against Herentals yesterday.

Kadonzvo scored his third goal in consecutive matches after only a single minute before Kudzanai Dhemere made the result secure for the fading-Harare giants, who seem to have rediscovered their mojo under interim coach Lloyd “MaBlanyo” Chigowe.

After the three wins on the trot — over CAPS United, Black Rhinos and now Herentals — the Glamour Boys now find themselves in 11th place with 40 points.

DeMbare are now nine points ahead of Nichrut, who occupy the last relegation slot, and have their destiny in their own hands now.

A single point in their remaining matches against Triangle United, relegated Mutare City Rovers and Nichrut will guarantee their status in the top flight next season.

Chigowe was pleased with how Kadonzvo had settled the nerves with the early strike which set the tone for the remainder of the encounter.

“I think the boy (Kadonzvo) is coming good at the right moment of the season. The potential has always been there but I think it’s coming to fruition now,” Chigowe said after the match.

“Obviously, it’s satisfying that we have managed to collect three points on the trot but the biggest challenge is that we have got another humdinger of a match on Sunday (Chibuku Super Cup semi-final against Triangle). I hope we manage to recover well in time to be able to be fresh for the Sunday game.

“The players were good; they kept possession, they dominated play for the greater part and were in control of the game, I think from that perspective, it’s quite pleasing from a coaching point.”

Herentals coach Kumbirai Mutiwekuziva thought his side was probably still high on excitement following last Sunday’s 0-1 away win over Triangle United at Gibbo Stadium.

“This is a game that I can describe as we went to sleep from the onset; a game that we lost as a result of complacency,” he said.

“If you look at it, conceding a goal in the first minute of the game and then a few minutes after the break shows that there was a lot of complacency by the boys.

“This is as a result of maybe the win that we got at Gibbo; we thought maybe Dynamos is an easy opponent at the moment but it was not like that.

“Dynamos were more determined than us maybe it is as a result of the position on the log that made them a little better and hungrier.”

DeMbare got off to the best possible start when Kadonzvo roasted Herentals’ defenders inside out on the edge of the box straight from kick off.

The DeMbare winger then unleashed a low shot that went in despite a desperate attempt by Herentals defender Blessing Maunganidze.

After that, referee Ruzive Ruzive stole the limelight when he twice denied Dynamos what looked like clear penalties.

The first incident occurred in the fifth minute when the Students defender Carlos Mavhurume handled inside the box but Ruzive waved play on.

Shortly before the half-hour mark, Gibson Chinobva again appeared to handle inside the box but the referee once again waved away the appeals by the Glamour Boys.

Despite not getting any luck with the penalty decisions, DeMbare kept on chipping away as they sought the second goal.

The Glamour Boys finally got the cushion goal eight minutes after the break when Dhemere headed in a cross sent into the box by captain Blessing Moyo.

 

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