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Chivandire wins it for Dynamos


His own supporters have vilified him. He has been a butt of all crude boos and has been the target of obscene taunts by the Dynamos supporters.

He is regarded as the weakest link whenever he makes that rare start for his team and even a clever pass from him is greeted with groans.

“He is lazy, a useless player ever bought by my team,” said one supporter at the sight of the player when he strolled out of the tunnel at the National Sports Stadium on Saturday during the BancABC final. “What can he do, really?”

But he has proved to be Dynamos saviour in the Harare derbies this season.

He was the rescuer last May when Dynamos broke the Caps jinx that was threatening to stretch to three years when he headed the winner at Rufaro Stadium.

He was at it again when he rescued his team against Caps United at the National Sports Stadium on Saturday to hand his team a US$40 000 cheque courtesy of BancABC.

He scored the crucial first goal for Dynamos that opened the floodgates for his team and his goal celebrations said a lot about the treatment that he has been getting from the fans. Achieford Gutu and Milton Makopa scored the other goals.

He ran half of the field to his fans, with his hand to his mouth in an apparent act of silencing his critics.

Welcome to Chivandire’s world.

If you don’t watch him often or closely you might wonder why he is still at Dynamos.

He’s certainly nowhere near as fluid or prolific as any striker that is expected to don the blue and white stripes.

If you don’t watch him often or closely his blunders might overshadow his effectiveness.

Other Dynamos strikers make blunders too, but they are easily forgiven because they are so damn graceful.

Chivandire looks so awkward even when his brilliant play results in a goal.

So the Dynamos supporters deem him a bungler even though he has diligently rescued key points for Dynamos this season.

When they think of great football attackers for Dynamos this season, they think of players with flair and abilities such as Benjamin Marere, Evans Gwekwerere or Archieford Gutu.

But Chivandire has his undeniable place too, the inexhaustible workhorse.

His contribution is not always as obvious, but it exists in abundance.

Although Marere and Gwekwerere will continue to be regarded as Dynamos’s key hitmen, Chivandire will be there, assisting and scoring.

Whatever it takes, that’s his job.

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