TRIANGLE – Dynamos healed the wounds of the league loss to Buffaloes by defeating the Mutare-based soldiers 2-0 on Sunday at Gibbo Stadium to storm into the semifinals of the BancABC Sup8r Cup.
DeMbare sprung off the starting blocks with two first half strikes from defender Augustine Mbara and midfielder Russell Madamombe within the opening 17 minutes of the game, which eventually proved to be the difference.
The match also had a few points of concern with DeMbare coach Calisto Pasuwa being sent to the terraces for “over” protesting with referee Munyaradzi Majoni.
The medics also had to attend to Dynamos goalkeepers’ coach Tichaona Diya after he collided with Buffaloes forward Admire Dzumbunu. Although there appeared to be little contact between the two, the DeMbare coach seemed to have overplayed the incident.
Away from the off field drama, the Dynamos fans were left on cloud nine after their team lived up to Pasuwa’s pre-match assertions that Buffaloes 3-2 league victory over the Glamour Boys served as a “wake up call.”
“We have been saying it all week and we have proved it today,” Dynamos team manager Richard Chihoro said.
Dynamos now face Shabanie Mine, who beat Chicken Inn 2-0 in the other quarter final match on Friday at Mandava Stadium.
From yesterday’s victory the Blue army will take credit in that they enjoyed territorial advantage for large parts of the first half which ultimately helped them sail through to the last four of the competition.
It came as no surprise when Mbara headed home from six yards out with Buffaloes’ defender Alfasi Patrich desperate clearance off the line in vain.
Moments later, Devon Chafa’s free kick went off target as Dynamos laid siege of the Buffaloes goal.
Dynamos kept probing and were soon rewarded in the 17 minutes with Madamombe’s easy tap in.
Ocean Mushure’s free kick was flicked on by Patrick Kumbula to set up Madamombe, who was lurking on the blind side to beat the Mutare soldiers’ goalkeeper Chengetai Thandadzai.
The Harare giants kept their foot on the pedal and on 28 minutes Madamombe’s through ball found Tawanda Muparati, who danced around one defender to create some space before his goal bound left footed shot was deflected for a corner by a Buffaloes defender.
For all their attacking prowess it is their defence which still certainly gives Pasuwa a headache.
The DeMbare backline sat deep within their own half allowing Buffaloes to enjoy a lot of territorial advantage which could have given them a way back into the match.
Buffaloes produced a more spirited second half performance with substitute Dzumbunu and Simbarashe Nguzima coming close to reducing the deficit.
The Mutare soldiers thought they had pulled a goal back after a goal line melee at the end of the match but referee Majoni waved play on.
Dynamos: George Chigova, Morris Kadzola, Gift Bello, Devon Chafa, Thomas Magorimbo (Tichaona Mabvura 75min), Tawanda Muparati, Russell Madamombe, Clive kawinga, Patric Khumbula (Boban Ziruntisa) , Russell Madamombe (Murape Murape 85min)
Buffaloes: Chengetai Thandadzai, Shepard Nkata, Philip Chandisaita, Temba Ndlovu, Prosper Matizanadzo, Alfasi Patrich (Admire Dzumbunu46min), Wonder Sithole, Philip Thembani (Tawanda Mareya 63min), Jacob Muzokomba, Steven Sibanda (Michael Mageja 78min), Roy Mwenga.