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Shabanie Mine won 4-3 on penalties
SHABANIE Mine stunned Dynamos with a penalty shootout victory to set up an all-Zvishavane BancABC Sup8r Cup final date with FC Platinum following a 1-1 regulation time stalemate in yesterday’s semi-final match at Barbourfields Stadium.
REPORT BY MICHAEL MADYIRA
Russell Madamombe thrust Dynamos ahead midway through the first half before Tarisai Rukanda brought the asbestos miners back in contention 11 minutes from time.
Shabanie managed to restrict their much-fancied opponents to the lottery which saw Thomas Magorimbo and Clive Kawinga’s efforts saved by Victor Twaliki, while George Chigova only denied Pardon Marima.
“Everyone looked up to me to save the penalties and I also banked on my teammates to score,” said Twaliki. “I had been practising penalties for the better part of last week and there was no way I could have gone wrong.”
Shabanie will now meet fierce town rivals FC Platinum in the 21 September final match which, according to tournament sponsors, is most likely to be staged in Zvishavane.
It would be the first time for the Zvishavane foes to meet in a major Cup final and Shabanie coach Luke Masomere is relishing the Platinum challenge from which he sees his hands on the trophy.
“It is going to be an explosive final match. Tensions would be high and I predict a Shabanie win,” said Masomere.
“The difference between Dynamos and Shabanie Mine was that Dynamos played individual football while we played as a team. We had our game plan which we knew would work.”
For Kalisto Pasuwa’s charges, it was almost the same upset of 2001 when a late Thomas Makwasha strike inspired Shabanie to triumph over Dynamos in the final of the BP Cup final at the National Sports Stadium in Harare.
Arriving at Barbourfields expecting to easily run past Shabanie who last beat them in August 2005, Dynamos’ Pasuwa once again blamed their demise on numerous missed chances.
“Cup games are games of chances and we missed our chances. We were leading and tried to look for the second goal, but that pressure saw us missing many chances,” Pasuwa said.
Dynamos were more threatening in the opening stages of the afternoon with Washington Pakamisa’s serious attempt at goal as early as four minutes into the match.
Shabanie Mine had their first real chance 10 minutes later when Pervington Zimunya narrowly missed Smart Muchabaiwa’s cross.
Caleb Masocha had his shot saved by Chigova on 19 minutes and three minutes later Madamombe scored with a curler off a Muparati pass dummied by Pakamisa to fool the Shabanie defence.
Pakamisa had a well-taken shot saved by Twaliki two minutes into the second half while Oscar Machapa’s powerful shot went just over the bar on 53 minutes.
Shabanie showed resilience which duly paid off when Rukanda headed in a Tafadzwa Mombeshora chip into the box to force a penalty shootout.
Dynamos: G. Chigova, T. Magorimbo, O. Mushure, D. Chafa, G. Bello, P. Jaure, T. Muparati, C. Sekete (M. Murape 56′), R. Madamombe, O. Machapa (B. Marere 67′), W. Pakamisa (Kawinga 87′).
Shabanie Mine: V. Twaliki, B Mbavaira, W Ngonya (V. Ndaba 78′), P. Marima, S. Muchabaiwa, T. Mombeshora, F. Bushiri, E. Phiri, P Zimunya (F. Chirinda 55′), C. Masocha, T. Rukanda.