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Dynamos earn hard win

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How Mine . . . . . . 0 Dynamos . . . . (0) 1. AN own goal by defender Brighton Dube at the end of the match cost How Mine a point as they lost to champions Dynamos in an evenly-balanced and electrifying Castle Lager Premier Soccer League encounter at Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo yesterday.

BY FORTUNE MBELE
SPORTS REPORTER

Dube buried the ball into his own net two minutes before the final whistle. In a counter-attack from a goal-kick, Washington Pakamisa made strides into the How Mine box before his shot beat goalkeeper Donovan Bernard and a seemingly panic-stricken Dube blasted the ball into his own net in an attempt to clear.

It was sweet victory and maximum points for Dynamos, who last year lost to How Mine at Luveve Stadium and the Mbada Diamonds Cup quarter-finals.

Dynamos head coach Kalisto Pasuwa was an elated man.

“After we lost in the Caf Champions League and How Mine lost in the Confederation Cup, we knew it was going to be tough, but it was an entertaining match. We were at par on fitness levels and it was a game of chances. It’s going to be tough this season for us as we have won the league for three seasons and every team wants to beat us,” Pasuwa said.

How Mine assistant coach Sheunesu Chaka said his boys created several chances, but failed to score and they relaxed towards the end of the game.

“We lost! We played very well, created a number of chances, but we failed to convert and you get punished for that. That is football. We might say there should have been a penalty for us, but the referee made his decision. The boys relaxed and we were hit on the counter-attack. There are still plenty of games to be played and we will soldier on,” Chaka said.

The game started at a fast pace, but there were no shots at goal from both sides in the first 10 minutes. However, Dynamos had the upper hand.

How Mine had the first chance in the 15th minute when Morris Kadzola’s cross on the right found an unmarked Kudakwashe Musharu, but he missed the target.

Three minutes later, it was another chance for How Mine with Dube, who had a good game before that own goal, setting up James Chitereki who skied his effort.
Dynamos’ Patrick Kumbula then cut across from the left in the 26th minute, beating How Mine defenders and let off a screamer which was saved by a confident 18-year-old Bernard, starting for How Mine ahead of Ephraim Mazarura, who was said not to be feeling well.

Another chance for How Mine came in the 28th minute as a lapse in concentration by Dynamos central defenders Themba Ndlovu and Sidney Linyama found Thembani Masuku, who failed to beat DeMbare goalkeeper George Chigova.

Musharu also had a clumsy finish after exchanging passes with Godfrey Nguwodzawo in the 32nd minute before Simba Sithole headed wide from an Oscar Machapa cross at the other end.

Dynamos played better on the wings with Machapa opening wide and in the 64th minute, he had his beautifully taken cross cleared inside How Mine’s goal area by Menard Mupera.

Substitute Benjamin Marere spotted an unmarked Musharu in the 77th minute, but the How Mine dangerman’s effort from inside the box was blocked by an advancing Chigova.

Earlier, How Mine goalkeeper Bernard was struck by an object thrown from a bay occupied by Dynamos supporters sitting at the Mpilo-end and sustained a cut below his right eye after referee Philani Ncube had blown to end the first-half.

Teams

How Mine: D Bernard, M Kadzola, B Dube, N Mukumbi, G Banda, M Mupera, T Masuku, X Moyo, J Chitereki (H Masuku 72nd minute), K Musharu, G Nguwodzawo (B Marere 51st minute)

Dynamos: G Chigova, T Magorimbo, A Mbara, T Ndlovu, S Linyama, W Mukanga (D Chafa 61st minute), S Alimenda, O Machapa, R Chitiyo (W Pakamisa 74th minute), S Sithole, P Kumbula (C Sekete 74th minute)

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