AS the heavens opened just before kickoff, Dynamos fans from the Vietnam stand forced their way into the VIP enclosure at Rufaro Stadium yesterday, as they sought shelter.
BY TAWANDA TAFIRENYIKA
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How Mine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0
The rains were perhaps a good omen for the Glamour Boys, who managed to halt a run of four winless matches, in the end with a deserved victory over a battling How Mine.
The win took them into the semi-finals of the EasyCall Cup.
Dynamos had drawn their last three Premier Soccer League matches, having been beaten in the Chibuku Super Cup final by Harare City.
Full-back, Ocean Mushure, was the saviour, winning and converting a penalty on 47th minute after defender Victor Kamhuka illegally brought him down in the penalty area.
And Mushure, who has developed a knack of scoring crucial goals for the champions, showed conviction as he stepped up to take the penalty, beating How Mine goalkeeper Bernard Donovan with a low shot.
The goal lit up Rufaro.
It’s the third time Dynamos have beaten How Mine by a 1-0 score line this season.
Dynamos had started off brightly, carving out good chances, but they wasted plenty of opportunities with Mushure free kick on 5th minute crashing against the up right post.
Tapiwa Khumbuyani could have put How Mine ahead on 14th minute, but wasted a good chance as he reacted slowly to a good pass from a former Dynamos man, Devon Chafa.
Two minutes later, Carlos Rusere, blazed his effort over the bar from a set up by Takesure Chinyama.
Chinyama also missed a scoring opportunity as his header crashed against the cross bar on the 24th minute.
Kamhuka also had his speculative long-range effort tipped over by goalkeeper Tatenda Mukuruva after 40 minutes of play.
In the second half, Dynamos came back the more hungrier side, launching wave after wave of attack and they were rewarded with a penalty on 47th minute after Mushure was tripped in the penalty area.
Thereafter, Dynamos wasted chance after chance with substitute Farai Mupasiri and Walter Mukanga coming close towards the end.
Dynamos coach, Tonderai Ndiraya, was happy with the victory.
“We knew the team we were going to play. All the games we have played against them have been very close and it was always going to be difficult. I want to thank the players for this victory after a run of four matches without a win. We have been creating opportunities more than we were scoring. I am happy for the boys,” he said.
His counterpart Jeremiah Makota said he was satisfied by the performance from his charges, but said they didn’t have the luck.
Dynamos: T Mukuruva, G Murwira, O Mushure, A Mbara, S Alimenda, C Rusere, (W Mukanga, 64th) T Chinyama, (F Mupasiri, 77th), B Moyo, R Kawondera (K Bulaji, 63rd), E Muroiwa, R Chitiyo
How Mine: B Donovan, T Khumbuyani, T Masuku, N Mumukumbi, M Gutu, D Chafa, K Musharu, V Kamhuka, M Sibanda (M Mupera, 75th), M Heritein, T Muparati (B Marere, 63rd).