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Premiership leaders Dynamos silenced Eagles at Rufaro Stadium yesterday to extend their unbeaten run in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) to eight matches.
Regular scorer Evans Gwekwerere ( 35th min) and winger Nicholas Alifandika (53rd min) scored on either side of the half as Dynamos overcame a nervy start to post yet another crucial victory that took their tally to 24 points.
Second-placed Motor Action are on 19 points.
There was a sour end to the match as Eagles coach Patridge Muskwe shouted all sorts of unprintable obscenities at Dynamos coach Elvis Chiweshe, who had tried to wish him well in their next encounter.
Dynamos needed the match-practice ahead of Sunday’s crucial Orange Caf Champions League match against TP Mazembe at the National Sports Stadium. The Democratic Republic of Congo giants arrived last night for the tie.
Aware of the difficult task on Sunday, Dynamos coach Elvis Chiweshe rested his regular players — Ashley Rambanapasi, captain Tafadzwa Maingire and Benjamin Marere who came in as a second half substitute.
Chiweshe said he was happy with the performance of his starting line-up.
“The guys played well which is a good sign ahead of the game on Sunday but some of the youngsters like Timire Mamvura will miss the game on Sunday as they were not registered for the Champions League,” said Chiweshe.
Gwekwerere opened the scoring after 35 minutes when he capitalised on a defensive blunder by defender Knowledge Machona whose clearance was intercepted and coolly slotted beyond a diving Edmore Chimhini.
Dynamos had to wait until the 58th minute for Alifandika to kill the match as a contest when he pounced on a loose ball in the penalty box to bury the ball into the roof of the net.
Dynamos were awarded a free kick after Tawanda Mareya handled near the touchline. The cross from the resultant free kick was headed towards goal by defender George Magariro which forced Chimhini to make a save, but the rebound was finished off by Alifandika.
Eagles started the match the stronger side with bustling striker Malvern Dumbura and Dynamos target Clive Kawinga causing some anxious moments for the defensive pair of Guthrie Zhokinyu and stand-in captain Magariro.
Dumbura could have scored in the first minute when he let go a long range effort but goalkeeper Washington Arubi, who seems to be growing in confidence with each match was equal to the task.
Eagles however had themselves to blame as they consistently failed to convert the chances that came their way in the first half as Tsepo Ranthokoane and Gift Phiri combined well upfront but took turns to miss the glaring chances that came thier way.
However, Dynamos quickly took control of the game as the midfield combination of young Mamvura and Eddie Mashiri became more involved in the game.
W Arubi, D Kutyauripo, G Magariro, E Gwekwerere, G Zhokinyu, I Pitamuja, D Chivandire (F Mandiwanzira 78), N Alifandika, E Mashiri (M Murape 53), E Gwekwerere (B Marere 78)
E Chimhini, P Muzondo, G Phiri, T Mwerahari, E Mwinga, T Mareya, C Kawinga (B Chirimanzi 62), M Dumbura, T Ranthokoane (D Chungwa 62), B Katsaruware, K Machona
Dynamos silence Eagles
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