HARARE – Defending champions Dynamos regained pole position on the Castle Premiership table from rivals Highlanders after thumping Shabanie Mine yesterday.
It was a strong response from the Glamour Boys, who were knocked off their perch mid-week following a 1-0 shock defeat to Chicken Inn in Bulawayo on Wednesday.
DeMbare’s return to the top was aided by rivals Highlanders’ crashing 3-0 defeat to Monomotapa 24 hours earlier. Saturday’s result was Bosso’s first defeat of the season, 23 games into the 2012 campaign.
Dynamos assistant coach Tonderai Ndiraya was pleased with the way his team responded following the mid-week setback.
“We played more purposeful football; knocking the ball around with confidence because we had scored two goals in the first half,” Ndiraya said.
“Overall, we were quite impressed with the result considering that we were coming back from a defeat and this is a confidence booster. We still need to work hard because there are still 18 points to play for and it’s still a very long way to go.”
With yesterday’s result, Dynamos now have 55 points from 24 matches, two ahead of Bosso.
The Harare giants were gifted two first half goals by some calamitous defending from Shabanie in the first half as they took a comfortable first-half lead.
The home side got the opening goal after 34 minutes when the visitors’ goalkeeper Victor Twaliki misjudged Ocean Mushure’s intended cross into the box.
Mushure miscued his centre into the danger area, but Twaliki had already rushed off his line and could only help the ball into the net at the near post.
At that stage, the match had largely been a balanced affair between the two sides, despite Dynamos coming out of the blocks in full gear.
Former CAPS United and Mamelodi Sundowns forward Simba Sithole, who was given his first league start since joining Dynamos early last month, came close twice inside the opening five minutes.
Despite that promising early start, Dynamos retreated back into their shell with Shabanie keeping them at arm’s length.
Twaliki’s mistake, however, injected a spring into DeMbare’s steps and a minute before the halftime break Shabanie were 2-0 down.
This time, it was centre-back Smart Muchabaya who headed past Twaliki, in a desperate attempt to clear David Kutyauripo’s menacing cross from the right.
Calisto Pasuwa’s men were 3-0 to the good six minutes after the break when former CAPS favourite Sithole opened his Dynamos account.
Shabanie were caught out by a quick DeMbare break led by Cliff Sekete, who released lively forward Farai Mupasiri inside the box.
Mupasiri’s effort was punched back into play by Twaliki, but Sithole arrived on the scene to finish off the ricochet.
Mupasiri completed the rout in the 73rd minute when he finished off another good counter-attacking move involving Sekete and Denver Mukamba.
Two minutes later, substitute Francis Kanda scored the Chinda Boys’ consolation with a low shot after a mistake by Dynamos midfielder Tichaona Mabvura.
Mabvura lost possession in his own half and the ball fell kindly to Kanda, who placed his shot beyond the reach of a diving Chigova.
Shabanie coach Luke Masomere said: “It happens in football, when you concede two own goals you will get punished. We were our own worst enemies and I was not surprised when Dynamos came back in the second half and scored two more goals.”
Masomere also blamed the defeat on the unavailability of several first team players due to injury.
Dynamos: George Chigova, David Kutyauripo (Gift Bello 78 min), Ocean Mushure, Guthrie Zhokinyi, Partson Jaure, Devon Chafa, Tawanda Muparati (Tichaona Mabvura 70 min), Denver Mukamba, Cliff Sekete, Farai Mupasiri, Simba Sithole (Desmond Maringwa 88 min).
Shabanie Mine: Victor Twaliki, William Ngonya (Francis Kanda 58 min), Raymond Sibanda, Smart Muchabaya, Rodney Mware, Tafadzwa Mombeshora (Simon Choenda 58 min), Phillip Sithole, Pervington Zimunya, Erea Phiri, Tarisai Rukanda, Nelson Maziwisa