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Mutasa in trouble


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Blue Ribbon . . . . . . (1)2

Police had to be called into action to disperse a militant section of Dynamos fans who could not stomach the pathetic showing by their team as they fell to Blue Ribbon in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday.

The fans, who were only on Thursday saluting coach Lloyd Mutasa after an imperious performance in outclassing Black Mambas, on Sunday turned against the gaffer.

The angry fans cordoned off the exit point, baying for the coach’s blood and police had to escort the Dynamos bus from the stadium as the situation threatened to go out of hand.

Earlier on, they had mobbed Moses Chunga’s car, pleading with the current Caps United coach to come back and rescue the club from further deterioration.

Chunga, a former Dynamos player and coach, is regarded in high esteem at the club.

The visibly distressed Mutasa, who was once again waved off by the supporters at the end of the match, refused to face the media at the final whistle, in an apparent sign that he is crumbling under the growing pressure.

Away from the disturbing scenes, lanky striker Tineyi Chitora converted two penalties as early as the second minute and deep into injury time to hand Dynamos their third defeat of the season.

Denver Mukamba, who was clearly struggling with his game and surprisingly lasted the whole match, had given Dynamos an equaliser two minutes from the restart.

Ribbon assistant coach Laban Kandi said they had done their homework on Dynamos.

“It’s a good victory for us considering we have not been consistent in our last few games,” said the former Dynamos player.

“We have only picked two points from our last three games so we were desperately looking for all the three points.We watched Dynamos play on Thursday and I think that helped us a lot. They are very good in the midfield if they are given room to play so we just congested that department and it worked well for us,” pointed out Kandi.

Ribbon were playing a basic one-two touch, controlled possession game and barely two minutes had gone when the Tamba Wakaguta boys neatly exchanged passes outside the Dynamos box and when the lively Eria Phiri was fed in the box, the jittery Dynamos defender Gift Bello pulled him down and referee Norman Matemera pointed to the spot.

Up stepped Chitora to send goalkeeper Washington Arubi the wrong way.

With the Misheck Chidzambwa-coached side creating one chance after the other but squandering them, they were always in danger of being punished on the other side.

Within two minutes of the restart, Mukamba raced through after a flick by Murape Murape to score with his left boot.

The Young Warriors midfielder blazed over from the same position later in the game. Save for that goal conceded, Ribbon completely dominated play in the second half and could have buried their opponents.

The only clear chance Dynamos, missing an injured Archford Gutu, created in the second half was when Ribbon goalkeeper Earnmore Hamandishe tried to beat striker Rodrick Mutuma with the ball but got dispossessed but the striker miscued his effort which landed on Murape who hit the bar with the goal yawning.

James Jani’s freekick was tipped over by Arubi, while Daniel Kamunhenga drew the best out of the Warriors keeper who had to use both hands to parry away his thunderous shot in the 65th minute.

Kamunhenga headed over the bar from inside the box three minutes from time while Chitora was denied by the impressive Arubi at the death.

With the game deep into optional time, Bello handled as he tried to clear a cross from the right and the referee again pointed to the spot. Chitora stepped again to beat Arubi.


Dynamos: W Arubi, D Kutyauripo, A Mbara (G Magorimbo 71st min), G Bello, G Magariro, D Chafa, T Muparati (T Mamvura 79th min), D Mukamba, M Vengesayi, (N Alufandika 85th min), R Mutuma, M Murape

Blue Ribbon: E Hamandishe, B Tuwaya, E Phiri (F Kutswatuka 74th min), S Choenda, C Dickson, T Kumbuyani, J Jam, D Kamunhenga, T Chitora, C Rukwani, M Mabhacho (L Makura 86th min)

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