BY SINDISO DUBE
BULAWAYO CHIEFS…………. (0) 2
DYNAMOS FC………………..(0) 0
Bottom side Bulawayo Chiefs slapped fading Harare giants Dynamos out of dreamland and back to reality, handing new coach Tonderai Ndiraya his first defeat since rejoining Dynamos at Barbourfields Stadium yesterday.
Chiefs, who earned their first point of the season against Harare City in the capital last week, needed late goals from Arthur Musiyiwa and Michael Bhebhe to earn a famous first win in week eight of the league race.
Oozing with confidence after going on a three-match unbeaten run, including two consecutive victories since Ndiraya took over, Dynamos thought they had found a winning formula, but Bulawayo Chiefs gave them a rude awakening.
Ndiraya, who replaced Lloyd Chigowe in the Dynamos hot seat last month, admitted that the loss was a reality check for his team in his post-match interview.
“It was a reality check on our part; we are on a reconstruction process and after doing well in the last three matches we thought we had hit the right chord, but it was a very bad result for us,” he told reporters.
“We have to be truthful and analyse ourselves and rise from this setback. After posting three good results we thought we were now on the right path.
“We didn’t have a good game; the performance was bad as compared with the three games. The two goals we conceded were a result of poor defending, both the goals we lacked basic defending applications,” he added.
Ndiraya also bemoaned his players’ inexperience in the top-flight league as another factor which resulted in their loss.
“We just have to go back and work on those basic mistakes. Most of our players are coming from division one and are in the process of acquiring some experience in the top flight. It’s part of the game. We were now doing well and then we lose like that when you think probably they are getting it right. But we will still soldier on and work on the players,” said Ndiraya.
Bulawayo Chiefs coach Farai Tawachera was happy with the result. “From our last two matches, one can see that we were not far away from improving and eventually getting our first win of the season. We had a good game and we played according to plan and God smiled on us, we hope to keep on posting good results like this,” he said.
The match was balanced in the second half with both teams trying to break the ice. Chiefs’ goalie David Bizabani was the hero for the Bulawayo side managing to make good saves that kept his side in the game.
Both teams came into the second half with clear intentions of getting that opener. Dynamos pressed hard, led from the front by captain Edward Sadomba, but failed to beat Bizabani.
Bulawayo Chiefs substitute Thomas Chideu, who came in for Kundishora Chakanyuka, added the needed pressure upfront and won a penalty after a Dynamos defender was judged to have handled in the box.
Musiyiwa took the responsibility and placed the ball in the roof of the net, giving Dynamos goalie Simbarashe Chinani no chance in the 81st minute.
Seven minutes later, Chiefs hit Dynamos on a counter attack, speedy forward Farau Matare squaring a pull-back to hard-working Bhebhe, who clinically placed the ball in the top corner, dampening the spirits of Dynamos fans who immediately walked out of the stadium after the second goal.
Bulawayo Chiefs: D. Bizabani, B.Mpofu (L. Matizirofa 22’), P.Sibanda, M. Mkolo, S. Dube, T. Muzuva, A. Musiyiwa, K. Chakanyuka (T. Chideu 69’), M. Bhebhe, S.Mhlanga, F. Matare.
Dynamos: S. Chinani, E. Jalai, G. Mukambi (N.Katawa 89’), J. Tigere, M.Mawanza, T.Chisi (H.Mbega 75’), A. Maliselo, J. Selemani, T. Macheka (N.Mangala 67’), E.Sadombo, V. Tadzoka.