HARARE CITY……………. 0
DYNAMOS coach, Lloyd Mutasa was a relieved man after Christian Ntouba’s wonder goal earned the Harare giants maximum points against Harare City in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at the National Sports Stadium last night.
BY HENRY MHARA
The Cameroonian volleyed home in the 36th minute, connecting a knockdown from Obey Mwerahari following a corner kick.
The win was a huge relief for Mutasa, who came into the match under immense pressure following a run of poor results.
Reports suggested Mutasa had been given an ultimatum to win this match, failure of which he would be sacked.
Mutasa sang Ntouba’s praises and believes the win will spur the team going forward.
“It was a wonder goal from a great player, and worth three points. This win should be a turning point and if we can take another three points in the next match, it will enhance our chances going forward,” Mutasa, who is looking to get his team’s first home win when they host ZPC Kariba on Sunday, said.
As for City, it was a bad start for new coach, Philani Ncube, who was given the reins on Wednesday this week following the demotion of Mike Madzivanyika.
“The potential is there. We were a better side. It’s just that our conversion rate is poor. There are going to be changes to the team and Sunday, it’s three points,” Ncube said.
Dynamos had a positive start to the game, with Emmanuel Mandiranga having some creative runs on the wings.
Ocean Mushure tried his luck from a free kick just outside the box, but the Dynamos captain missed the target.
At the other end, City’s best chance fell to Farai Madhanhanga, whose shot was tipped over by an alert Tonderai Mateyaunga in goals for Dynamos.
Dynamos finally got the breakthrough when Mandiranga’s corner was headed into the danger area by Mwerahari for Ntouba to volley home first time.
Ncube’s reaction to the setback was to pull out an ineffective Malvern Gaki for Protasho Kabwe before half-time, as he sought some movement and a response.
But the former Highlanders and ZPC Kariba midfielder wasted the team’s best chance early in the second half when he headed over a Martin Vengesai cross, with only the keeper to beat.
Mateyaunga almost gifted City a way back into the match when he dropped the ball from a corner and Honey Chimutimunzeve pounced, but Lincoln Zvasiya spared his blushes, blocking on the goal line.
Harare City: M Nyamupangedengu, T Chimwemwe, E Zinyama (R Kufandada, 78′), M Vengesai, R Uchena, P Mpelele, T Samanja, J Chipangura (H Chimutimunzeve, 57′), W Manondo, M Gaki (P Kabwe, 41′), J Tigere
Dynamos: T Mateyaunga, P Makaha, O Mushure, M Machazane, L Zvasiya, T Chipunza, O Mwerahari, M Mambare (T Sadiki, 67′), E Mandiranga (D Mukanga, 78’), Q Kangadze (W Mutasa, 87′), C Ntouba