Oscar Machapa’s derby delight


OSCAR Machapa marked his return to the Harare Derby by scoring a goal of supreme quality – struck with power, flair and finesse before a full house at Rufaro Stadium yesterday as champions Dynamos maintained their dominance over bitter rivals Caps United in an ill -tempered Castle Lager Premiership match.

Dynamos . . . . . . . . (1) 1
Caps United . . . . . . . .0

The former Caps United and Moroka Swallows defender, who joined the Glamour Boys from South Africa in July, rounded off his marker on the right flank and cut into the danger zone before unleashing a rasping shot with his left foot to the far left corner of the post leaving goalkeeper Tafadzwa Dube clutching thin air.

Rufaro rose in acknowledgement of a great piece of technique which decided the 71st edition of the Harare derby.

Dynamos coach Kalisto Pasuwa showered Machapa with praises in a post-match interview. “Oscar is a utility player, very comfortable on the ball and he scored a gem of a goal. I am proud of him, but the most important thing is we have collected all the three points. Like they always do, Caps were stronger in the second half, but I am happy we got all the points,” Pasuwa said.

Machapa said: “I am happy that I scored the winning goal for Dynamos especially in this derby. It’s a bonus for me because I am playing as a defender, but I am happy we defeated Caps United. I can’t really explain how I got that goal.

“It just happened. My left foot is stronger than the right. I injured my right foot some two years ago and I started to use my left foot more often.”
Caps United coach Taurai Mangwiro also spoke glowingly about Machapa’s goal, but complained about the three minutes added time by Midlands referee Thomas Masaa.

“We couldn’t secure a win again. We continue to sing the blues, but we won’t despair. We didn’t start well, but we were stronger in the second half. Unfortunately, we couldn’t score. Credit to Oscar.

“His goal was well executed, but I think there should be improvement in the way these games are handled because these guys were buying time, but only three minutes were added. They should have added more minutes. It insults the fans. I don’t mind losing fairly,” Mangwiro said looking dejected and downcast.

There were however, disturbing scenes of hooliganism as frustrated Caps United fans, failing to stomach the impending defeat, threw missiles onto the pitch at the end of the match as the referee stopped play to attend to Clive Kawinga who had been injured in an-off-the-ball incident.

The win by Dynamos saw them maintaining their dominance over Caps United who have not won against them since 2009. It also marked the end of Caps United’s unbeaten run having gone for a ten-match winning streak.

The champions, who lead the league table now have 41 points while Caps United remain on 35 points with just nine matches before the season ends.

The champions started strongly – carving out good chances, but were let down by poor finishing with Washington Pakamisa the chief culprit.

The former Caps United man was guilty of missing a headed opportunity in the sixth minute which could have put his team into the lead. Caps United also had good chances in the first half despite playing second fiddle with Hardlife Zvirekwi coming close on 18 minutes.

In the second half, Caps United took control as Dynamos appeared content with defending their lead and Dominic Chungwa missed another headed opportunity on 51 minutes.

Dynamos: G Chigova, O Machapa, O Mushure, G Bello, P Jaure, S Alimenda, B Zirintusa (M Murape 76th min), T Muparati, R Madamombe, C Sekete (T Mabvura 86th min), W Pakamisa (C Kawinga 61st min),

Caps United: T Dube, T Khumbuyani, R Pfumbidzai, M Muchenje, S Matuka, T Samanja, T Munyanduri, B Maglas (T Muskwe 54th min), D Chungwa (H Muchiso 54th min), H Zvirekwi, T Nyamandwe (L Fiyado).


Yesterday: Dynamos 1-0 Caps United, How Mine 1-0 Highlanders, FC Platinum 2-0 Monomotapa, Triangle 2-2 Harare City
Saturday: Chicken Inn 2-1 Black Rhinos, Tripple B 1-1 Hwange, Shabanie Mine 1-1 Motor Action 1
Today: Black Mambas vs Buffaloes (Morris Depot, live on Supersport 9)


  1. zvedu vaita aaaaaah, ndakafara wena. as they always say bhora rinotambwa muground not kutaura mupaper. heee dembare toidya 4-0 (Zvirekwi). dai tikasangana navo futi mumbada tivakinditse futi.

  2. Well said Mangwiro. We will always give credit were it is due. The goal by Machapa was a gem. The officiating was not up to scratch. These guys are killing our football, bit by bit.

    • musanyepere ma referee imi, how many 50/50 challenges were you given na ref, how many times did he blow his whistle when your guys’ fouled our vazori yet everytime vazori tussled for the ball he blew. TAKAKUDASHURAYI furustopu

  3. Chakanakira Dinamo ,De-Mbare ndechekuti haikurasise iwe.Viva,Vamos,tribute ,kudos to Kalisto Pasuwa& the lads 4 downing erstwhile enemy Feke Feke Utd .Feke-Feke continues to be on the receiving end since 2009.Well done Dynamos Fc,indeed a record 20th Championship is beckoning on the horizon.

  4. Zvirekwi warns Dynamos, now the game is over can u tell us your story again. Masangohumana bhora mutambo unoitirwa kuground kwete munewspaper.

    kwahi hemadzetse “caps madamburo” bwahahahaha yakaDAMBURWA
    kwahi nemadzetse “caps unbeaten run” bwahahaha yaka beatwa neDEMBARE
    kwahi nemadzetse “machapa is fat and not fit” “pfumbidzai isimbi” – bwahahaha pfumbi wenyu akachapaziwa wani namachapa ku wing ndobva goooo bhoraa rabikwa
    kwahi nemadzetse “alimenda ndipaivepo” bwahahahaha makazozviwona nezuro kuti Alimenda haasi paivepo ndiye current affairs uye ndiye akamenda midfield yedu ayivhara mvura nezuro…he is my man of the match.

  6. Mukasanganawo nemboko inonzi Willard Mubvumbi muti zvanzi neni…ndeipi bharanzi? tell him to go a step further and have amedical Dr ready to administer hm…at the end of this soccer season coz indications ar tht Chazunguza is poised fo a straight 3rd league victory in a row.

  7. Iwe Taurai waifunga kuti Feke Feke ingawine mu 5 minutes dze added on time?think again you should be blaming your Chungwas instead of the ref keep on pointing at the ref without re-arranging your house and you will never beat De Mbare

  8. ddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiimmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee pane anoti pwe here ?

  9. Its that time of the season again when the chaff is separated from the grain,when real men of valour stand up to be counted while pretenders fall by the wayside.Go Dembare Go!Zora-a-a!


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