Dynamos overcame a turbulent week rocked by player boycotts over salaries and speculation over the future of the technical department to thrash visiting Shabanie Mine at Rufaro Wednesday in a Premier Soccer League match.
In-form midfielder Benjamin Marere scored a brace — in the 17th and 70th minute — while further strikes from Wonder Sithole (12) and Murape Murape (40) ensured that Dynamos reduced the gap between them and Motor Action.
Dynamos now have 40 points while leaders Motor Action are on 46.
An elated Simon Chuma, the Dynamos assistant coach, said: “The players showed a lot of character in this match despite what happened this week. They showed that they are serious about winning the championship and participating in the Champions League next season.
“With this win, they have shown that they are self-motivated and hopefully they will continue with that and win all the remaining matches.”
Shabanie coach John Phiri attributed the defeat to inexperience on the part of his players who he said were been affected by “stage fright”.
“We could have done a lot better in this match but somehow my players were just caught by stage fright from the first whistle. When they recovered we were already behind which made it difficult.
The astro turf also played a part because this is our first time playing on this surface this season,” said Phiri.
Shabanie Mine conceded as early as the 12th minute as Dynamos stamped their authority on the match.
Marere raced forward from his own half before finding Sithole who had acres of space after being left unmarked wide on the left flank.
The former Masvingo United man showed a lot of composure, selling a dummy to Katiyo Zvichemo with his favoured left foot before burying the ball with his right from close range.
Marere doubled the lead in the 17th minute after being released by Murape on the right flank.
Although he seemed to struggle with his first touch, the speedy forward recovered well with a sharp turn to shoot past Roy Mazingi.
After his earlier effort had been ruled out for offside, an impressive Murape scored Dynamos’ third five minutes from half time from a header after Mazingi had raced off his line to block a cross from Marere.
Although Shabanie came back from the second half a more determined side after the introduction of Elasto Bakacheza and Michael Mageja, the damage had already been done.
Marere went on to complete his brace in the 70th minute with a clinical finish from close range after the Shabanie Mine defence failed to make a routine clearance inside their box.