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Dynamos draw first blood


Dynamos. . . . . . . . (1) 2
Motor Action. . . . . (1) 1
Dynamos striker Takesure Chinyama announced his comeback to the local league with a man-of-the-match performance as his side powered past Motor Action to win the NetOne Charity Shield Cup for the second time in two years at the National Sports Stadium yesterday.

Rodrick Mutuma opened the scoring with a low shot that sailed under Motor Action goalkeeper Marlon Jani in the 16th minute but the Mighty Bulls hit back 11 minutes later when former Gunners striker Ismael Lawe connected Protasho Kabwe’s cross.

However, the outstanding Chinyama, who was making his first formal appearance in the Dynamos shirt since his much-publicised move from Poland last year, made sure DeMbare collected the $50 000 prize money when his well executed shot beat Jani on the hour.

Deservedly, Chinyama was voted the man-of-the-match and collected a cool $500 for it.

Motor Action came into the match on the back of a devastating Confederations Cup preliminary round exit and had wanted to win the match to restore some lost pride, but ended up going home with a $25 000 consolation prize.

Dynamos coach Calisto Pasuwa, who in the build-up to the match had blamed his strikers for the uninspiring preseason results, was naturally happy with his strikers’ performance yesterday.

“In the past they have been straying away from the box, looking for the ball, but today (yesterday) they were good. Chinyama and Mutuma combined very well and we could have scored more goals today (yesterday). However, the defence was a little bit jittery in the first 30 minutes because the twin centre backs were not communicating but they improved in the second half. We need to be very solid at the back when we play in the Champions League next week,” said the former Dynamos midfielder.

Motor Action coach Joey Antipas, whose future at the club has come under scrutiny in the last few days following the Confederations Cup exit said there was still a lot of work to be done in his team.
“We still need to work on our defence and the attack. We had an upper hand in the midfield, and created chances but we couldn’t score. Our defence was not very tight as we would have loved. Like on the Dynamos winner, the centrebacks dropped back allowing Chinyama to turn and shoot,” said Antipas.

Dynamos created most of the chances earlier in the match and continued to provide the majority of the attacking threat after the interval. Only two minutes into the game, Chinyama forced a save from Jani and moments later had a goal disallowed for offside.
Mutuma also latched on a Godfrey Moyo headed back pass but shot straight at the goalkeeper. On the other end, Arubi was forced to make two desperate blocks, first by Lawe and then by Isaac Masame as the match started at a cracking pace.

Dynamos: W Arubi, D Kutyauripo (D Chafa, 83mins), G Magariro, M Makopa, A Mbara, D Mukamba, T Muparati, R Mutuma, P Jaure, T Chinyama, (G Zhokinyi 66 mins), C Murape (M Vengesai, 70mins).
Motor Action: M Jani, P Bernard, J Chitereki, J Jam, P Kabwe (I Madziva, 71mins), I Lawe (M Mburayi, 83mins), I Masame, N Maviri, G Moyo, C Mutero, G Phiri

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