HARARE – Dynamos picked up three valuable points on the road to boost their Castle Premiership defence when they beat a plucky 10-man Hwange here yesterday.
Second half strikes from Denver Mukamba and Tawanda Muparati ensured DeMbare remained in pole position on the log with 58 points with only five games to go.
Second-placed Highlanders, who beat Black Mambas 1-0 at Barbourfields Stadium yesterday, kept up the pressure on Dynamos as they are two points behind.
Hwange are now deep in the relegation mix with 26 points — just two ahead of Blue Rangers, who occupy the last relegation slot.
The coal miners had to play the remainder of the second half a man down after goalkeeper Timothy Sibanda was sent off for his crude lunge on David Kutyauripo in the first half added time.
Before the red card, Hwange were in control of the first half as they created many scoring opportunities.
Poor finishing from the Chipangano forwards and some good work from DeMbare goalie George Chigova kept the scoreline at 0-0 in the opening half.
The home side’s fortune would however change just before halftime when Sibanda was sent off for his challenge on Kutyauripo.
Hwange were dully punished in the second half by the visitors, who taught them a lesson in clinical finishing.
Dynamos took the lead nine minutes after the break through their star midfielder Denver Mukamba to send the travelling fans into dreamland.
It got worse for the home side five minutes later when Muparati increased the Dynamos lead with a wonderful long-range shot.
From then on Dynamos were in control of the match and never looked like they were going to allow Hwange a way back into the match.
In the end the home side could not offer much as they constantly had to chase after the ball.
Yesterday’s win for Dynamos was very important since this was a venue their rivals for the title Highlanders had come and left with all three points last month.
Hwange had given Bosso a tough run for their money in that match and the Bulawayo side needed a last-gasp strike from Masimba Mambare to win the match.
Many pundits had tipped the coal miners to make life difficult for Dynamos in this match.
Indeed, Hwange looked like they were had brought their A game in that opening half but poor finishing was to be their downfall.
Dynamos showed true character of champions by withstanding that early Hwange pressure when other teams would have conceded.
DeMbare kept their shape and with a man advantage in the second half they started to find enough space to dominate Hwange.
It came as no surprise when Mukamba opened the scoring before Muparati added a second shortly after. – Mercy Mujakachi