BUFFALOES . . . . .(2)3
DYNAMOS . . . . . . (2)2
TEN-MAN Buffaloes handed Dynamos their first defeat of the season with an impressive win in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at Sakubva Stadium yesterday.
The Harare-based side had gone for 13 matches without suffering a defeat.
In yesterday’s match, Mutare-based referee Langton Chitsa was caught at the centre of controversy as he awarded the visitors controversial decisions that threatened to spoil an otherwise balanced match.
An estimated 10 000 fans paid to watch the match, but there was disappointment as SuperSport 9 did not cover the match as scheduled.
Buffaloes caretaker coach Timothy Masachi, who was in charge for the first time, was given a standing ovation by Buffaloes fans after the match as he was tossed in the air at the grandstand that housed the army club’s supporters.
Buffaloes took the lead as early as the second minute through former Dynamos star Wonder Sithole after beating his markers on the right flank including Augustine Mbara and Gift Bello in the opposition’s box before unleashing a low shot to the right of the diving Dynamos goalkeeper George Chigova.
And sure to his word, he did not celebrate the goal.
Five minutes later, Chitsa awarded the visitors a penalty after he adjudged that army side midfielder Prosper Matizanadzo had fouled Russel Madamombe in the box.
Clive Kawinga took responsibility and scored from the resultant kick to send the visitors’ fans into a frenzy.
Impressive goalminder Chengetai Tandadzayi was called into action in the 16th minute after saving a pile driver from Thomas Magorimbo.
Dynamos took the lead in the 22nd minute, Morris Kadzola did well on the left flank beating Admire Dzumbunu who was playing in unfamiliar position before unleashing a pinpoint cross to Washington Pakamisa whose point-blank header was parried back into the play by Tandadzayi, but Pakamisa was fast to react from the rebound and shot the ball into the nets.
It did not take two minutes before the army side were back in the game. The resultant goal came from a free-kick on the left flank. Sithole unleashed a cross on the blind side where Matizanadzo headed the ball back to the better-positioned Steven Sibanda who scored to level scores.
Referee Chitsa was it again in the 28th minute after he failed to award the home side what looked like a genuine penalty after Mbara had handled inside his box a Sithole shot, but he waved play on.
In the 34th minute, Dynamos were awarded a controversial penalty that was briefly protested by the army side players and officials.
Outstanding Buffaloes defender Themba Ndovu was adjudged to had pushed Pakamisa, who seemed to had fallen on his own and Ndlovu was sent off for the incident.
Kawinga failed to score from the resultant spot kick after Tandadzayi parried the ball for a corner kick.
In the 60th minute, Madamombe fouled Sithole in the box and referee Chitsa pointed to the spot and upstepped Sibanda to score his second goal of the match In the 84th minute.