Dynamos lose ill-tempered clash
MUTARE – Ten-man Buffaloes beat Castle Premiership defending champions Dynamos 3-2 in a match marred by questionable officiating by referee Langton Chitsa, who came in for heavy criticism from coaches of both clubs at Sakubva Stadium Wednesday.
Chitsa awarded Dynamos two first half penalties, with one of them being hotly disputed by the home side.
Former Dynamos midfielder Wonder Sithole opened the scoring for the Mutare army side in the second minute when his effort beat Dynamos goalkeeper George Chigova after capitalising on a defensive blunder by defenders Ocean Mushure and Augustine Mbara.
Clive Kawinga then converted from the spot to equalise for Dynamos after Russell Madamombe was fouled by the most outstanding player of the afternoon, Buffaloes captain Prosper Matizanadzo.
Dynamos then took the lead after Washington Pakamisa headed home Morris Kadzola’s cross from the right on 22 minutes.
Steven Sibanda restored parity just two minutes later when he connected a cross from Matizanadzo.
Buffaloes finished the game one man short after Themba Ndlovu was sent off in the first half for a foul on Madamombe, which resulted in the second penalty for Dynamos.
This time around, Buffaloes goalkeeper Chengetai Tandadzai denied Kawinga from 12 yards out.
Buffaloes grabbed the winning goal on 60 minutes from the penalty spot after Sithole was brought down in the box by Madamombe. Sibanda scored.
“We blame it on bad officiating and the state of the pitch,” said Dynamos coach Calisto Pasuwa.
Said Buffaloes coach Timothy Masachi: “The referee was against us and the red card and the penalties are a clear testimony to that.” – Sydney Saize