Highlanders . . . 1
BY MICHAEL MADYIRA
Predictably, Dynamos scored four goals with little resistance from opponents Highlanders to lift the inaugural TM Pick n Pay Challenge Cup at the National Sports Stadium yesterday.
A Simba Sithole brace and Roderick Mutuma, as well as substitute Washington Pakamisa’s strikes cemented Dynamos’ hegemony in Zimbabwean football.
Bosso offered no meaningful resistance with Felix Chindungwe grabbing their consolation and Dynamos easily marched to victory.
It is now Dynamos’ second trophy of the season after dismantling the same side in the Bob90 Super Cup earlier this year.
Sithole slid in a Ronald Chitiyo low cross for the opener on 21 minutes as Dynamos read the riot act.
This was after Walter Mukanga had an earlier attempt at goal but released a weak shot as early as the third minute.
Highlanders left-back Bruce Kangwa and his midfielder Joel Ngodzo shot off target to ask for more punishment from Dynamos.
The hosts dominated throughout the encounter with Sithole scrambling off target a throw in by Blessing Moyo.
Chitiyo hit the post from a Mukanga dummy but Highlanders remained sterile.
Mutuma easily connected a Sithole low cross after the break to make it three for Dynamos.
Felix Chindungwe missed it for Highlanders in what was the miss of the year but he later atoned for it.
Sithole could have grabbed a hat-trick had he not missed Rusike’s cross in what was the miss of the day.
Speaking after the match, Highlanders coach Kelvin Kaindu admitted that he needed to come up with a lasting solution to his right back position that has been giving him sleepless nights since the beginning of the season.
“I have to deal with that position once and for all. I have tried all the players in that position, including the ones that we bought during the just-ended transfer window but all of them seem to be uncomfortable. Eric Mudzingwa has been better in that position but you saw how we conceded all those three goals from that side,” Kaindu said.