DIFFERENT line-up, different opponents, different venue, but same old story as champions Dynamos, maintained their unbeaten run in the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League following a victory over Motor Action at Rufaro yesterday.
REPORT BY ALBERT MARUFU
This time it was not the usual suspect Washington Pakamisa on the scoresheet for Dynamos, but Clive Kawinga’s first goal for the club in the 63rd minute and Tawanda Muparati’s wonder strike three minutes later did the damage.
The victory which came despite Dynamos’ makeshift defence of Thomas Magorimbo, Augustine Mbara and Steven Alimenda due to injuries to central defenders Gift Bello and Partson Jaure and Ocean Mushure, who is on national duty, saw DeMbare moving to second position on the log.
Unbeaten this season with five wins, seven draws and 22 points, Dynamos is one point behind leaders Highlanders.
However, Dynamos’ stay in second position can change overnight depending on today’s results.
The team’s coach Kalisto Pasuwa was obviously elated with the result that came despite missing some players through injuries, while Devon Chafa and Mushure are in Malawi with the national team.
“We have seven players who could not play for defferent reasons but I am happy with how the boys performed. I am also happy with the way Magorimbo, Alimenda and Mbara stood out in defence,” he said.
“It is also good that Clive [Kawinga] scored his first goal for Dynamos and that will boost his confidence.”
His opposite number Joey Antipas conceded defeat. “We lost fair and square. We made a couple of errors that cost us the game, especially the first goal. For the second goal you have to give all the credit to Tawanda Muparati. It was a beauty,” said Antipas.
The match started on a low note, but it was Motor Action’s Passmore Benard who first tested Dynamos goalkeeper George Chigava with a powerful free kick from the edge of the box in the second minute.
Dynamos replied to this raid with Murape Murape coming close five minutes later, but headed wide Magorimbo’s free kick from just outside the box.
The teams then exchanged blows, with chances being created from both sides but their strikers found the respective goalkeepers Chigova and Marlon Jani at their best or were off target.
With young Abel Gwatidzo showing glimpses of brilliance on the left wing in the second half, it was Dynamos who looked more threatening and it came as no surprise when they did.
Muparati’s free kick from outside the box after Yves Ebabali’s handball, found Mbara lurking outside the box. The lanky defender’s effort hit the upright post rebounding into the path of the rightfully position Kawinga who pounced.
Barely three minutes later Dynamos fans were up from their seats again when Mbara’s long clearance from the back found Ziruntusa, who laid for Muparati. The spike haired midfielder’s screaming shot from outside the box proved too much for Jani who could only watch as the bullet rifled into the far corner.
Not even the introduction of former Soccer Star of the Year, Clement Matawu could save the match for Motor Action who continued hovering just above the relegation zone with 12 points.