Pictures: Pakamisa ends Bosso unbeaten run

DYNAMOS……(1) 1
HIGHLANDERS……….0

AS referee Brighton Chimene blew to end the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at the National Sports Stadium yesterday, Highlanders players trudged off the field shoulders slumped, and faces cramped with frustration.

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Their hearts were broken. Their unbeaten start broken and dream buried. They had gone into the match with a proud record of being one of the only two teams without a loss in the Premiership so far this season, with ZPC Kariba being the other team still to taste defeat.

BROTHERS IN ARMS. . .

Dynamos coach Kalisto Pasuwa walks with Highlanders boss Kelvin Kaindu before the start of the match
Dynamos coach Kalisto Pasuwa walks with Highlanders boss Kelvin Kaindu before the start of the match

They were determined to preserve that record which would have seen them inflicting their first league defeat on their old foes since 2006.

But Washington Pakamisa, who has been struggling in front of goal, dashed their hopes — striking home in 34th minute — his first goal of the campaign.

The struggling Dynamos striker found space in a tussle for the ball with Highlanders defender Innocent Mapuranga before beating goalkeeper Njabulo Nyoni with a powerful shot to send the Dynamos faithful into a delirium.

CLEANED OUT. . .

Dynamos goalscorer Washington Pakamisa beats Highlanders defender Dumisani Ndlovu
Dynamos goalscorer Washington Pakamisa beats Highlanders defender Dumisani Ndlovu

Highlanders were missing goalkeeper Munyaradzi Diya, defender Milton Ncube and midfielder Peter “Rio” Moyo, who have signed for South African clubs.

But not even the presence of star winger Kuda Mahachi, who is also set to leave for South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns, could rescue their game.

UNDER SIEGE. . .

Highlanders goalkeeper Njabulo Nyoni (in red) misses the ball as Dynamos threaten to score
Highlanders goalkeeper Njabulo Nyoni (in red) misses the ball as Dynamos threaten to score

Bosso coach Kevin Kaindu threw on goalkeeper Nyoni, sacrificing Aerial Sibanda, but the goalkeeper appeared nervous in his first match and the way he commanded his goal area left the defence exposed on several occasions.

Dynamos players celebrate Washington Pakamisa's goal
Dynamos players celebrate Washington Pakamisa’s goal

The Bosso defence, one of the best in the current Premiership season having allowed the fewest goals, was time and again being called to clear their lines as the Dynamos attack threatened with dangerous raids.

THE BALL IS MINE. . .

Charles Sibanda and Ocean Mushure battle for the ball at the NSS on Sunday
Charles Sibanda and Ocean Mushure battle for the ball at the NSS on Sunday

In one of those raids, skipper Mapuranga saved Highlanders with a good clearance in a goalmouth meleé following a well-taken corner kick by Ocean Mushure on 20 minutes.

Dynamos midfielder Stephen Alimenda, also a former Highlanders player, partnered Devon Chafa and the duo showed their superiority in the middle of the park, with Joel Ngodzo and Simon Munawa playing second fiddle.

WHERE IS THE BALL. . .

Ocean Mushure and Welcome Ndiweni can't seem to find it either!
Ocean Mushure and Welcome Ndiweni can’t seem to find it either!

However, in the second half, Kaindu made some substitutions, pulling off Mahachi, who was by his standards off key, for Valentine Ndaba, with Gabriel Nyoni coming off for Ozias Zibande, while Knox Mtizwa replaced Ngodzo.

Kalisto Pasuwa also made some changes, bringing in Tawanda Muparati after five months on the sidelines for injured Chafa, with Tichaona Mabvura also coming in for Murape Murape and Simba Sithole replacing Anesu Gondo.

But the substitutions appeared to work well for Highlanders as they gained control towards the end, but their attackers could not bury the few chances they created.

Highlanders fans were hoping for an end to their eight-year drought against Dynamos
Highlanders fans were hoping for an end to their eight-year drought against Dynamos

Dynamos defended resolutely towards the end with their fans revelling in Highlanders’ moment of anguish.

Gaffer Kaindu was a dejected man after the match.

“It’s painful. It’s not what we expected. It’s painful. We wanted to keep on marching, but we lacked character and conceded that goal,” the Zambian said.

His opposite number Pasuwa was happy to collect maximum points.

“We are happy with the victory. We needed the three points. I am also happy for Pakamisa. He did very well,” Pasuwa said.

Dynamos fans
Dynamos fans

With the victory, Dynamos moved to third place with 22 points from 12 matches, while Highlanders dropped to fourth place with 21 points from the same number of matches.

TEAMS:
DYNAMOS: A Mukandi, B Moyo, O Mushure, P Jaure, T Ndlovu, S Alimenda, D Chafa (T Muparati 77th min), M Murape (T Mabvura 56th min), W Pakamisa, A Gondo (S Sithole 84th min)
HIGHLANDERS: N Nyoni, S Munawa, B Kangwa, I Mapuranga, D Ndlovu, E Mudzingwa, W Ndiweni, J Ngodzo (Mtizwa 71st min), K Mahachi (V Ndaba 70th min), C Sibanda, G Nyoni (O Zibande 56th min)

11 Comments

  1. Reddell Mareya

    Zorai vanhu varume kepekepe hokoyoi nenhamo

  2. congrates to dynamos. to us the highlanders supporters and the whole family as such we are being tested on our words that we are not going to be violent anymore and that to us highlanders is ibosso ngenkani. i hope we will not fight each other like what other teams do. i will be at bf soon to celebrate our victory like how we did when we won the mbada trophy. in english they say he who laughs last laughs longest. i see my team soon laughing longer and i have learnt it wont remain the same always.

    1. Sammy, you are a true soccer fan. Wish were all accepted defeat like that. Hope your team lifts the league this season. Good luck.

    2. @ Sammy, good spirit. What a pathetic performance by my team Highlanders, the worst ever. I was there. Something sinister was happening about that match, Asiagate 2.

  3. This confirms my post last week where various teams conspire to give the cup to Dembare. If they want to win the league they better open a huge gap against this mighty team which can still win it after losing as many as 10 games! And to the reporter, you forgot to mention that Dembare are now joint top on 22 points, and only third on account of an inferior goal difference. Bravo Dembare! However, please other teams do something to add to the excitement of our league!

  4. IBosso is DeMbare’s punchbag. They are children who were born and are now going to school but have never celebrated a Bosso victory over DeMbare. To them its the way of life that DeMbare beats IBosso,kkkkkkk

  5. Haa Pasuwa zviri kuramba. Saka unoda here kutiudza kuti 1 goal iyoyo ndiyo ichatinunura kuma west Africans next year mu Champions League? Your time is over Mr man. Chimbopawo vamwe tione zvitsva muDembare yedu.

    1. ha-ha-ha-ha makorokoto ku dembare but this time kukepekepe hamulume majaira huwina through ma refs hokoyo ne kepekepe mu week 15 and 16 unokuvara mudembare

    2. You are not a Dembare supporter.

    3. You are not a Dembare supporter nyarara, Champions league yekuita sei maplayers achiperera South Africa kune mari, no sponsorship and all. Tinyarewo.

  6. dekepekepe u a full

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