Motor Action (1) 2
Hooliganism reared its ugly head at Rufaro yesterday as Murape Murape saw red in Dynamos first loss of the season to Motor Action in a Premiership match.
Ashley Rambanapasi had given Dynamos the lead in the 15th minute before resurgent striker Enasio Perezo scored Motor Action’s equaliser on the stroke of halftime.
Midfielder Allan Gahadzikwa converted a disputed penalty in the 70th minute to give the Mighty Bulls three points. Murape was then red-carded in the 74th minute after a late tackle on Milton Ncube and Dynamos fans went haywire.
As the Motor Action medical team attended to the injured Ncube close to the byline, missiles rained on the team and referee Thabani Mkanjto had to avoid bottles that were thrown onto the pitch.
The situation was rescued by Dynamos players who appealed to the fans to cool down their tempers before the match continued. But by them the Mighty Bulls were already leading 2-1 and on their way to handing Dynamos their first league defeat of the season.
The Mighty Bulls are now the leaders with 25 points, one ahead of Dynamos. The equaliser by Perezio was his fifth goal in this league campaign for the former Zimbabwe Saints gunman who also had a stint with Dynamos.
He said at the end of the match: “I’m so excited with today’s (yesterday’s) goal and I’m glad to be finding the target regularly this season.
“A lot of people had written me off but Motor Action gave me a chance and I will continue repaying them by scoring goals,” said an elated Perezo. Motor Action gaffer Joey Antipas said that the win had shown that his players could challenge for the title.
“I had told my players that today’s (yesterday’s) result would be the yardstick that they can use to show that they are able to challenge for the title and they responded well and it shows that we are capable of challenging for the title,” Antipas said.
His opposite number Elvis ‘Chuchu’ Chiweshe said: “We played well but I was not happy with the penalty decision. That young man (Charles Sibanda) clearly dived. The red card was also questionable.”
Dynamos were the first to settle in the first quarter with Murape, Rambanapasi and Eddy Mashiri combining well and they deservedly took the lead in the 15th minute.
Rambanapasi struck after he was given too much room in the Mighty Bulls’ penalty area.
It looked as if Dynamos were on their way to yet another win in the league, this time without the suspended Evans Gwekwerere and Cuthbert Malajila, who is still to be released by Chapungu.
The dreadlocked quartet of Edward Tembo, Sibanda and the former Dynamos sons Perezio and Bhekimpilo Ncube combined very well which resulted in the Motor’ Action’s equaliser on the stroke of halftime.
The Dynamos rearguard gave Tembo room to shoot from just outside the box but Arubi was equal to the task as he made a crucial save for a corner to Motor Action.
However Motor Action were to restore parity from the corner kick as Perezo leapt above everyone in the box to nod home past a stunned Arubi who tried in vain to block the effort.
Dynamos were shocked, this was only the second goal they had conceded in eight league outings and they never seemed like they would recover as their midfield continued to play second fiddle to Motor Action.
Antipas thrust in Masimba Mambare for a tiring Malvin Longwe a move which paid off as the substitute injected some pace in the Motor Action attack and were rewarded with the winner in the 70th minute from the spot.
This was after David Kutyauripo lunged in from behind to bring down Sibanda and the referee had little choice than to point to the spot.
Dynamos: W Arubi, D Kutyauripo, B Tuwaya, A Rambanapasi, E Mashiri (F Mandiwanzira 64th min), M Murape, G Magariro, M Makopa, B Marere, G Zhokinyu, N Alifandika (A Mbara 64th min)
M Jani, M Longwe (M Mambare 63rd min), N Njelele, T Ndlovu, B Ncube (W Kupera 70th min), C Sibanda, E Perezio, M Ncube E Tembo, P Bernard, A Gahadzikwa