Hwange . . . . . (0) 0
Dynamos . . . (0) 2
DYNAMOS maintained their two-point lead on the top of the Premier Soccer League log after dismantling struggling Hwange at the Colliery Stadium yesterday.
Report by Lineker Makowa
It was a well-deserved victory for the defending champions as they fought all afternoon to collect maximum points.
Goals from on-fire Denver Mukamba in the 54th minute and Tawanda Muparati five minutes later ensured that DeMbare kept their title hopes in good health with only five matches to go.
Chipangano, however, began the match showing some enthusiasm and determination to return to winning ways exhibiting positive signs in the 3rd minute with David Boriwondo’s header hitting the upright.
Chipangano dominated the first 15 minutes managing to get two corners, but they failed to convert their chances. Dynamos’ only chance came in the 16th minute with a free kick by Mukamba which went straight into the hands of Hwange goal-minder Timothy Sibanda.
The two teams went into the break deadlocked at nil-all with Devon Chafa carrying a yellow card for foul play on Tawanda Mareya in the 25th minute.
The Glamour Boys kicked off the second half with some purpose and conviction dominating the game with Chafa and Mukamba determining the pace and direction of the game.
Mukamba broke the deadlock nine minutes after the break with a low drive that beat Sibanda after a good inter-change of passes that also involved Chafa and Muparati.
DeMbare continued to mount pressure on Chipangano and the home side’s defence was caught off guard on several occasions, but the visitors’ strike force failed to capitalise.
Muparati increased Dynamos’ lead with a powerful rising shot from outside the box five minutes after Mukamba’s goal in the 59th minute that triggered a rapturous response from the champions’ bands of supporters.
Chipangano made a double substitution in the 64th minute with Daniel Kamunhenga coming in for Ocean Mpofu and Nkosana Siwela for Mareya.
Chipangano raised the tempo of the game, but hard-running Fransico Zvekumbawire failed to convert chances.
Dynamos almost got a third with former Caps United and Mamelodi Sundowns striker Simba Sithole roasting three defenders with only Sibanda to beat, but shooting his effort wide in the 78th minute.
Dynamos made their first change in the 80th minute with Arthur Kasekoli coming in place of Murape Murape. In the 85th minute, Tichaona Mabvura came in for man-of-the-match Mukamba.
There was drama at the end as Chipangano finished the game with 10 men after Sibanda was shown the red card for a crude tackle on David Kutyauripo in stoppage time. Hwange left-back Munyaradzi Mungadze had to deputise in goal for the remainder of the game.
Mungadze made a good save to deny Muparati a second from a long-range shot only to tip it over the bar. Hwange were left stunned as they continued to sink into the relegation zone and their coach Nation Dube was not a happy man after the game.
“The boys lacked concentration as we conceded two stupid goals within five minutes. We have to work hard in the next games to avoid relegation and the boys need motivation as the confidence is very low,” said Dube.