Lengthens . . . . . . . . . 0
Dynamos . . . . . . . .(1) 1
A sluggish Dynamos scraped to a slim victory over struggling Lengthens in a Premier Soccer League match at Rufaro Stadium on Thursday.
In all fairness, Wonder Sithole’s wonder goal in the first half was the only highlight of the match that was watched by a paltry crowd who should feel robbed for being deprived the value of their hard-earned dollar.
With the win, Dynamos, who are now on 37 points, have reduced the gap on Motor Action to eight points with four games in hand.
For Lengthens, 12th position is their home with 19 points, just a point more than Black Mambas.
Sithole was however happy with the win considering it was achieved courtesy of his effort.
“We didn’t play well but the important thing is we won the match,” said Sithole.
“If we keep on winning our games in hand, it will put more pressure on Motor Action.”
On his wonder goal, he said “It’s nothing special; I have banged many like these.
Those are my trademark goals.”
Lengthens coach Jostein Mathuthu blamed the defeat on inexperience of his charges.
“It is always difficult to play a big club like Dynamos, it was all to do with the boys’ nerves and composure,” said Mathuthu.
Despite the costly defeat, Mathuthu said his team would still play in the Premiership next season.
“No alarm bells at the moment, we are playing well but we are lacking that killer instinct in front of goal.
We are not really concerned about relegation.
I am confident the team will pull through,” said Mathuthu.
Dynamos players, who did not train the whole week because of an industrial action, had to be persuaded to fulfil the fixture and produced a disappointing performance.
Lengthens’ inability to take the game to an out-of-sorts Dynamos was always going to hurt them as Sithole punished them in the 26th minute.
The left-sided midfielder received a ball from Benjamin Marere and twisted and turned in front of the hesitant Lengthens defence before unleashing a thunderbolt that beat Muzondiwa Gonese all systems out.
Wasteful Evans Gwekwerere could have scored a second goal for Dynamos in the 35th minute but his screamer from the edge of the box missed the target by a few inches.
Lengthens started the second half brightly and dominated possession but were restricted to only potshots that could not have worried Washington Arubi.