TRIANGLE . . (1)1
DYNAMOS. . . (0)2
RIDING the storm of their in-house problems, Dynamos played like true champions to overturn a first half deficit and pick up crucial maximum points against Triangle at Gibbo Stadium yesterday that propelled them back to the summit of Castle Lager Premier League standings.
KENNETH NYANGANI IN TRIANGLE
They now have 39 points from 21 matches while Highlanders and ZPC Kariba are on second and third position respectively with 38 points and Caps United fourth on 37 points after all the top four teams won their weekend matches.
Triangle scored through Praise Tonha in the 30th minute while the visitors responded through Augustine Mbara in the 56th minute from the spot and substitute Washington Pakamisa provided the sucker punch in the 69th minute.
The encounter had its own share of controversy with Kwekwe referee Thabani Bamala making numerous questionable decisions.
Dynamos head coach Kalisto Pasuwa said he was still worried with the fitness of his players.
“l am naturally happy for the win. It was a crucial win for us, but l am still worried with the level of fitness in my team. The last minutes of the match were difficult for us,” he said.
Triangle head coach Biggie Zuze said he was not happy with the officiating, but believes his players did well.
“I think coaching Dynamos is one of the easiest tasks because you have got many sympathisers and you tend get favourable decisions. If they win the title they would have got it from nothing. They were given a penalty and that was not a penalty and look we could have been given a penalty in the second half and they did not give us,” he said
“Anyway the team played very well although we missed many chances. We should learn to punish our opponents,” he added.
Dynamos midfielder Walter Mukanga had a goal in the nets just two minutes into the game, but first assistant referee Thomas Kusosa had flagged for an off-side.
Five minutes later, the visitors’ goalkeeper Artwell Mukandi stretched far to his right to save Graham Ncube’s pin point cross with unmarked Brian Juwayeyi waiting for the kill.
In the 11th minute Mukanga set up Tafadzwa Rusike inside the box but he ballooned his shot over the bar. The home side made an injury inspired substitution bringing on Cabby Kamhapa for Charles Makoto in the 22th minute.
In the 30th minute Triangle won a free-kick at the edge of the box after Blessing Moyo had hacked down Ncube. Tonha kept his cool to beat Mukandi.
Triangle almost doubled their lead in the 40th minute when Hillary Bakacheza fed Richard Kawondera inside the box, but he fired wide.
Dynamos started the second half with a clear intention of getting an equalizer by substituting Farai Mupasiri for Anesu Gondo in the 50th minute.
Six minutes later Dynamos were awarded a dubious penalty after defender Jimmy Dzingai was adjudged to had handled inside his box by Bamala. Up-stepped Mbara to beat Triangle shot-stopper Ronald Mudimu.
In the 60th minute Mukanga shot missed the target with a few inches with Mudimu a well beaten man. Three minutes later, Ncube missed a sitter in a face-to-face situation with Mudimu after he was fed by Kawondera.
Pakamisa who came in for Mukanga in the 61th minute scored from a close range benefiting from a move that was engineered by Ronald Chitiyo.
Triangle was however denied what seemed like a genuine penalty in the 75th minute after defender Moyo handled inside the box Bakacheza’s fine cross.
But referee Bamala waved on for a play on. Dynamos defended in their numbers in the last minutes of the match with Pasuwa bringing in defender Elisha Muroiwa for striker Rusike in the 86th minute.