Dynamos . . . . . . . . . (0) 1
Tripple B . . . . . . . . . . . . 0
HENRY MHARA IN TRIANGLE
DYNAMOS were far from their best, but did just enough to progress to the quarter-finals of the Mbada Diamonds Cup after subduing Tripple B at Gibbo Stadium yesterday.
Second-half substitute Clive Kawinga stabbed home the all-important goal in the 81st minute to break the opposition hearts.
Oscar Machapa, playing as a right winger in yesterday’s match, was brilliant, and was rightfully voted the man of the match. He was rewarded for his outstanding performance with a shield and $500.
Dynamos coach Kalisto Pasuwa was frank enough in his post-match analysis that this was not the prettiest of performances by his team.
“We started slowly, but we managed to contain them and then scored in the dying minutes. The team did not play very well, but what is important when playing in a cup match is to progress to the next round no matter the means. We did just that today and I’m happy,” said Pasuwa.
Tripple B coach Peter Manoti said his side worked extra hard, but then fatigued as the game wore on and subsequently conceding the goal.
“It was just a question of depth between the two teams and that was the difference. Dynamos clearly showed they have depth and they won the match, but I must also give it to my boys. They did extremely well and even though we lost the match, I think they played very well,” he said.
A moment of silence was observed before the match in honour of Timire Mamvura’s mother who passed on last week.
The opening minutes of the match, played under some surprise drizzle which hit this part of the country, saw both sides create good chances.
Dynamos, though, were clearly on top and nearly made most of their domination when Russell Madamombe released a shot from range three minutes into the match, which went just over.
Tripple B got two successive free kicks in promising positions moments later, but both were wasted. The first effort went horribly over, but the second one, a dipping effort by Webster Chingodza, nearly beat George Chigova, who somehow managed to scoop it to safety.
At the other end, Machapa failed to connect a square pass from Washington Pakamisa and the former Caps United big man, who was constantly terrorising the defence with his dribbling skills, had his shot from inside the box smartly saved.
As half-time drew close, Boban Bogere saw his close-range header clip the top of the bar for Dynamos.
Both teams made no changes at half-time and it was Dynamos who quickly resumed their relentless probing of the Tripple B defence and almost found the opener on 47 minutes, but Tripple B keeper Gilbert Chigwandaza made a smart save to deny Bogere.
The Harare giants were almost gifted a goal when Chigwandaza failed to control a back pass, but luckily for him, the ball rolled out.
On the 64th minute, Pakamisa was put through by Machapa and took a shot which deflected off the keeper and went wide.
But it was Tripple B who were now looking more lively at this moment although they never really threatened Chigova.
Pasuwa made a double substitution in 74th minute as he sought to add fresh legs and some bite upfront.
Kawinga came in for Pakamisa while the tiring Madamombe made way for Patrick Kumbula who was making a comeback from an injury which he incidentally picked at this stadium some three months ago.
The gamble paid off when Machapa exchanged passes with Kawinga inside the box who stirred the ball beyond the diving keeper.
Dynamos: G Chigova, P Jaure, G Bello, O Mushure, T Magorimbo, S Alimenda (S Linyama, 77th min), T Muparati, B Bogere, R Madamombe (P Kumbula, 74th min), O Machapa, W Pakamisa (C Kawinga, 74th min).
Tripple B: G Chigwandaza, G Fireyi, T Mukondiwa, O Chove, E Mwenga, W Chingodza, M Mavuto, A Kazembe, S Maengeni (P Makanje, 88th min), A Marime, M Kawashu (L Chiwaridzo, 65th min)