A goal in each half ensured Dynamos collected maximum points as they beat a disjointed Bantu Rovers in lacklustre Premiership soccer match at Hartsfield Stadium on Sunday.
DeMbare got their goals through a strike by Thabani Kamusoko in the eighth minute and their second through a penalty by Murape Murape in the 70th minute.
An ingenious move by the Glamour Boys midfielder Wonder Sithole on the left flank in the first half gave the visitors the first goal.
Sithole weaved his way past Khulekani Moyo and deftly pushed the ball inside Bantu Rovers’ penalty box before spotting an unmarked Kamusoko who did not waste time and fired a stinger from close range past Takunda Mutanga between the sticks for Tshintsha Guluva.
A schoolboy blunder by Danisa Phiri in the second half cost Bantu Rovers after he pulled down substitute Dylan Chivandire inside the penalty box and referee Thabani Bamala pointed to the spot.
Murape converted the kick to send the multitude of Dynamos supporters into wild celebrations.
Sithole was at his peak in the first half as he kept Bantu Rovers defenders Moyo, Dumisani Ndlovu and stalwart Herbert Dick on their toes with his dribbling skills.
The game started off at a slow pace but picked up the tempo after the first goal.
Dynamos looked more at home than their hosts who played purposeless football.
The second half was also a tepid affair until the introduction Chivandire for out-of-form Archieford Gutu and captain Desmond “Senator” Maringwa for a spent Kamusoko in the 64th minute.
Bantu Rovers brought in Mkhululi Moyo and Moreblessing Nyokanhete in the second half but their coming-in did not change anything for the Bulawayo side.
Glamour Boys goalkeeper Washington Arubi was virtually on holiday the entire 90 minutes.
The match was watched by about 5 000 fans with the Dynamos supporters overwhelming the Bantu Rovers followers.
Dynamos assistant coach Tichaona Diya was happy with the win.
“At the moment we are just concentrating on collecting as many points as we can. Like any other team in the league, we want to win the championship but for now it’s too early to say anything about the title,” Diya said.
Bantu Rovers coach Gift Lunga blamed his strikers for lacking scoring prowess.
“There is something wrong upfront. We lack the final touch. The strike force is not okay,” Lunga said.
T Mutanga, D Ndlovu, H Dick, K Mahachi, K Moyo, D Phiri, R Choruma (M Moyo 58th minute), A Tshuma, J Ngodzo (A Peperere 90th minute), D Phiri, S Dube (M Nyokanhete (72nd minute)
Dynamos: W Arubi, G Magariro, G Zhokinyu, M Makopa, B Tuwaya, D Kutyauripo, T Kamusoko (D Maringwa 64th minute), W Sithole, M Murape (E Mashiri 77th minute), A Gutu (D Chivandire 64th minute), B Marere