Dynamos (1) 3
Caps United 0
Report by Fortune Mbele
DYNAMOS are through to the finals of the Mbada Diamonds Cup after thoroughly beating Caps United in the semi-final match played at Barbourfields Stadium yesterday.
The Harare football giants will meet Monomotapa in the finals in two weeks time.
Monoz qualified for the finals after beating FC Platinum 1-0 in the other semi-final played at Sakubva Stadium on Saturday.
Denver Mukamba, Simba Sithole and Rodreck Mutuma were on target as the Glamour Boys asserted their dominance over their city rivals whom they had already beaten twice this year before yesterday’s result.
Dynamos beat Caps United 1-0 and 3-0 respectively in the league encounters.
Caps United played the last quarter of the match with 10 men after left-back Arnold Chivheya was shown a red card by referee Hardly Ndazi for a second bookable offence.
Save for the three goals, yesterday’s match did not live up to expectations in terms of entertainment value.
But the Dynamos supporters would care less as their team marched to the finals where they will defend the title they won last year.
Their celebrations at the final whistle said it all.
DeMbare assistant coach Tonderai Ndiraya was ecstatic over the victory and believed his team would go all the way to win the coveted cup.
“From the start, we showed that we wanted to win. We really pushed Caps United to the fence and we got away with a comfortable win,” Ndiraya said.
“In our games against Caps United, we don’t need to motivate the guys. It’s just psychological and our boys are always confident. Monomotapa are a good side, but we showed character in our last game against them when we came back from behind.
“I would like to promise our fans that we will do well and give Monomotapa a good run for their money.”
It was a second defeat in a row for coach Mkhuphali Masuku who took over from Taurai Mangwiro.
The former Highlanders coach disappeared into the dressing room at the final whistle, leaving goalkeepers’ coach Brenna Msiska to face the media.
“I am disappointed, but it’s the name of the game. You cannot win when you have players who cannot shoot at goal,” Msiska said.
Mukamba scored a gem of a goal in the 39th minute when he took into his stride a pass from Mutuma to rifle home a scorcher from just outside the penalty box.
The build-up to the goal had seen Murape Murape’s effort blocked by the Caps United defence.
On-fire striker Sithole then punished his former paymasters when he connected an Ocean Mushure cross to volley past Caps United shot-stopper Itai Chiwara as Dynamos took control.
It was Sithole’s fourth goal on the trot.
Mutuma then sealed the emphatic win two minutes from time when the lanky striker tapped in a cross from substitute Farai Mupasiri who had left Caps United left-back Asani Nhongo.
Dynamos’ gangly goalkeeper George Chigova was barely tested.
His colleagues pounded heavily on Caps United in the dying minutes of the match and Chiwara was kept a busy man.
Tawanda Muparati was voted man-of-the-match and walked away $500 richer.
Dynamos: G Chigova, T Mamvura, O Mushure, G Bello, P Jaure, T Magorimbo, R Mutuma, T Muparati, S Sithole (F Mupasiri, 86mins), D Mukamba (M Vengesai 83mins) M Murape (C Sekete 60mins)
Caps United: I Chiwara, T Khumbuyani, A Nhongo, A Chiveya (red card 77th minute), B Zabula, T Samanja, H Zvirekwi, L Fiyado, D Rediyoni (E Chafungamoyo 60mins), R Kutsanzira, S Kawondera (N Mpala 46mins)