TP Mazembe……….(0) 2
Dynamos crushed out of the Orange Caf Champions League after losing to Democratic Republic of Congo side and defending champions TP Mazembe at the Stade Maliba Sunday.
Two second half goals from Alan Kaluyituka and Zambian Given Sunguluma were enough to boot the Harare giants out of the lucrative competition and send the champions into the last four.
The winner of Group A will be decided next weekend when Setif host Mazembe while Tunisian side Esperance travel to Zimbabwe to meet Dynamos.
Dynamos, who have only three points to show for their efforts so far in Group A will be accompanied by Algerian ES Setif out of the African Safari who have five points after drawing 2 – 2 with Esperance in Tunis on Saturday.
Esperance now leads the group standing with 10 points, the same number of points TP Mazembe have, but the Tunisian giants enjoy a better goal difference of +2.
Dynamos, without seven of their first team players who were suspended for the game surprisingly settled first and controlled the early exchanges of the game with Khumbulani Banda missing a clear cut chance in the middle of the first half.
Banda, exchanged passes with captain Desmond Maringwa, who had a decent game Sunday before the later made a mazy run on the left flank, beating two defenders on the process but aimed his shot at goalkeeper Aime Bakula.
A Tresor Mputu-less Mazembe grew in confidence as the first half weaned off but the striking pair of Sunguluma and Kaluyituka took turns to miss chances.
TP Mazembe, backed by a vociferous crowd who had packed the astro turf stadium continued from where they left in the first half, pressing their visitors who duly crumbled on the 62nd minute.
Roving right handed midfielder Mulota Kabangu won possession just outside the Dembare penalty area and fed it into the box, and with Dynamos defenders in sixes and sevens, Kaluyituka slotted the ball home.
Kabangu was involved again in the second goal.
After Evans Gwekwerere was clearly fouled in the centre circle, the referee surprisingly waved play on and the ball found its way to Kabangu who accelerated towards goal before squaring to Sunguluma who beat Munyaradzi Diya in goal for Dynamos.
The Harare giants got their consolation goal from substitute Thabani Kamusoko five minutes from time.
Kamusoko who had missed a clear header in the 83rd minute from a Maringwa cross made amends when he raced to the captain’s exquisite through pass to coolly slot the ball past the advancing Bakula.
Meanwhile, in Tunisia on Saturday, Esperance became the first team from Group A to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League when they were held to a 2-2 draw by Entente Setif.
Setif then suffered further heartbreak when defending champions TP Mazembe beat Dynamos in Lubumbashi Sunday.
In Tunis, Youcef Ghazali gave the visitors the lead in the fifth minute of the match before Ouassama Darragi levelled three minutes before halftime.
The hosts then took the lead in the 59th minute through Mejdi Traoui. Ghazali them completed his double five minutes from the end.
Sunday: TP Mazembe 0-0 Dynamos
Saturday: Esperance 2-2 Entente Setif