DYNAMOS were yesterday crowned the 2012 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League champions after being restricted to a one-all draw by relegated, but stubborn Hardbody, on a day that had the good, the bad and the ugly for football.
EPHRAIM SHOKO IN GWERU
Hardbody put up what could go down in their history as the best performance ever restricting Dynamos to just one goal, Roderick Mutuma’s 35th minute strike, which the hosts cancelled in the 52nd minute through Calisto Maheya.
For Hardbody, it was a day they bowed out of the Premiership with a little bit of honour after playing their hearts out to stop Dynamos from running over them, while Dynamos produced a subdued performance that kept their fans edgy throughout the entire 90 minutes.
It was case of bad handwriting and getting the spellings right for Dynamos as the result earned them the coveted championship, ahead of Highlanders, who finished the season on 69 points — the same number of points with DeMbare.
Kalisto Pasuwa’s men were not convincing enough with Denver Mukumba looking lost in attack barely causing threats for the Hardbody rearguard.
Instead, it was Hardbody who took the game to Dynamos and could have spoiled the party for the blue army which swarmed Ascot Stadium had Owen Motsi converted two clearcut chances in the first half.
Dynamos’ poor performance was, however, not the only bad aspect of the day when they were crowned champions and Gweru kissed goodbye to Premiership football.
It was a big match indeed with a lot at stake for both teams, financially for the hosts and winning the league for Dynamos and maybe understandably Sibanda was overwhelmed by the event leading to his protocol ineptness. Away from the chaos which preceded the match, the match itself was electrifying and football lovers who thronged Ascot had value for money.
The final result, despite it having been a close shave for Dynamos, sent the DeMbare fans into a delirium as they witnessed their team being crowned champions for the 19th time in the history of the club.
Gweru, a usually quiet and serene city, was brought to life with the Zora Butter party as Dynamos fans cheered their team before and during the match and later celebrated their league triumph.