HARARE – Denver Mukamaba’s well-taken brace against 10-man FC Platinum yesterday helped Dynamos move to within three points off Castle Lager Premiership log leaders Highlanders.
Dynamos, who still have a one game in hand, are now on 40 points while Bosso have 43 points making it a two-horse race for the league championship.
Third-placed Monomotapa, on 36 points, are the only team still with a realistic chance of gate-crashing this Bosso-DeMbare party.
Dynamos assistant coach Tonderai Ndiraya praised the team’s performance, but criticised their failure to score more goals.
“We want to keep on pushing. We wanted to collect three points that is what we have done,” Ndiraya said.
“We tend to relax when we score. That has been our serious problem this season. Platinum controlled the game at the beginning of the second half but the second goal gave us the initiative.”
Yesterday, the defending Zimbabwe champions got off the mark in the 31st minute when Mukamba capitalised on a loose ball just inside the box.
After quick exchange between Farai Mupasiri and Martin Vengesayi, the later was sent clear through on goal but had his shot parried by the visitors’ second choice goalkeeper Francis Tizayi.
The ball fell kindly to an onrushing Mukamba, who side footed his shot into an empty net after the FC Platinum defence failed to protect their goalkeeper.
Until that point there had been very little between the two sides in the opening exchanges.
Both goalkeepers Tizayi and Dynamos’ George Chigova had not been called into action except for dealing with a few harmless crosses into the box.
Mukamba completed his double in the 73rd minute after breaking through the platinum miners’ defence to meet a through ball from substitute Tichaona Mabvura.
Tizayi rushed off his line to try to close the angle, but Mukamba found the back of the net with a grounder at the far post. The entire stadium erupted into rapture.
Immediately, the Dynamos fans began singing, “We want Highlanders.”
With a 2-0 lead, the home side began to push forward in large numbers and had they been more clinical they could have scored more goals.
Mukamba had plenty of opportunities to claim his hat-trick while Mupasiri also failed to ad onto the four goals he has already scored this season.
The duo were let down by over-elaboration when they got into the final third allowing the Platinum defence to recover.
The platinum miners put up an insipid performance and from the time Mukamba scored the opener, the result was beyond doubt.
Their poor performance was summed up eight minutes from time when debutant fullback Rafael Muduviwa was shown a straight red card for an off the ball incident with Martin Vengesayi.
There were times in the second half when the Zvishavane-based side looked like they were clawing their way back into the match after Allen Gahadzikwa had come in at halftime for Cabby Kamhapa.
The platinum miners’ midfield was however failed to supply with any meaningful service to striker Donald Ngoma, who cut a lone figure against the Dynamos defence.
The visitors’ coach Tendai Chikuni said: “We knew very well that Dynamos were going to come to us. We were not playing well in midfield in the first half that is why we made changes in the second half.
(Rafael) Muduviwa did very well. It was his first game in the Premier League and he did very well. The red card was not justified. We have lost two games in a row. We lost to a better team but my boys played well; they did their best.”
Dynamos: George Chigova, Thomas Magorimbo, Ocean Mushure, Guthrie Zhokinyi, Partson Jaure, Devon Chafa, Cliff Sekete, Murape Murape (Tichaona Mabvura 56 min), Denver Mukamba, Martin Vengesayi (Derrick Kabwe 87 min), Farai Mupasiri
FC Platinum: Francis Tizayi, Rafael Muduviwa, Qadr Amini, Thabani Kamusoko, Daniel Vheremu, Cabby Kamhapa (Allen Gahadzikwa 46 min), Hardlife Mavundi, Ali Sadiki, Benjamin Marere, William Manondo (Joel Ngodzo 61 min) Donald Ngoma (Michelle Katsvairo 71 min)