Dynamos underlined their aspirations of winning the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League title with an emphatic win over a battling Gunners side before a capacity crowd at Lafarge Stadium Sunday.
Denver Mukamba netted a brace in the 15th minute and 75th minute which was sandwiched by Rodrick Mutuma’s strike in the 49th minute.
Gunners had equalised five minutes from halftime when Michelle Katsvairo scrambled home an Ali Sadiki pass from inside the box.
The win took Dynamos to just three points from the leading pair of Motor Action and FC Platinum, who were both held over the weekend.
Log leaders Motor Action played a goalless draw with Zimbabwe Saints at White City Stadium yesterday to leave them at 42 points, the same number of points with FC Platinum, who were held to a 1-1 draw by Chicken Inn at Luveve Stadium on Saturday.
Despite closing in on the leading pair, Dynamos assistant coach Tonderai Ndiraya was modest in his analysis of Sunday’s match and the title race.
“We can’t be talking about the title as yet, we are taking it step by step and will try to pick up as many points as we can. Who knows, we might get there,” said Ndiraya. “The guys have been playing so well and working hard at training and it’s paying dividends,” added Ndiraya.
Gunners coach Moses Chunga, who watched helplessly as his side lost their first match in nine matches, said the scoreline was a bit flattering for Dynamos.
“People might look at the result and think we were outclassed. No. I think we were not outclassed but we were our own worst enemies. The game did not reflect the true picture of the match. We gave away soft goals, especially the second one,” said Chunga.
Despite the loss, Gunners remain on seventh position on the log table with 29 points.
Gunners were the first to come out of the blocks and forced Dynamos goalkeeper Washington Arubi to make two desperate saves in the first five minutes.
However, Dynamos started to crawl back into the match with Mukamba, who has regained the form that made him a household name in the local game, giving Gunners defenders some torrid time.
Dynamos turned their dominance into a lead when Gunners goalkeeper Jimmy Dzingai’s tame block off a Murape Murape corner kick was blasted in by Mukamba from close range.
Gunners could have restored parity on the half-hour mark, but Leonard Fiyado’s shot from inside the box surprisingly missed the target with Arubi sprawling on the ground.
The glaring miss did not matter though as Katsvairo equalised, heading in a Sadiki cross five minutes later.
Mutuma, who has been playing the game of his life since Cuthbert Malajila rejoined Dynamos, once again silenced his critics when he put Dynamos into the lead with a cool finish from the edge of the box, capitalising on a defensive mix-up from the Gunners defenders who were dillydallying with the ball in their box.
Dynamos collected all the three points when he blasted in the cushion goal, again from inside the box after a clever layoff from Malajila.
Mutuma and Malajila had clear chances at the death, but failed to punish the Gunners defence which looked jittery all afternoon.
Gunners: J Dzingai, M Demera, C Makuruva, L Fiyado, M Katsvairo, B Madzokere, H Zvirekwi, P Chigumba, P Bamusi (I Lawe, 72mins), C Sekete, A Sadiki (T Dephistara, 80mins)
Dynamos: W Arubi, T Magorimbo, G Magariro, G Zhokinyi, D Chafa, A Gutu, D Benati (T Mamvura, 62mins), M Murape (N Ziwini, 85mins), D Mukamba (T Mabvura, 91mins), C Malajila, R Mutuma.