UNLIKELY HERO: Defender Augustine Mbara, left, scored Dynamos’ goal against Mutare side Buffaloes on Sunday at Rufaro Stadium. Picture: Annie Mpalume.
HARARE – Dynamos coach Calisto Pasuwa hailed the response from his players after bouncing back from last week’s defeat to How Mine by edging a stubborn Buffaloes 1-0 on Sunday at Rufaro Stadium.
The defending champions also moved into second place on the log standings following the narrow victory over the Mutare soldiers courtesy of defender Augustine Mbara goal.
Mbara, who reverted to left back on Sunday, scored the all-important goal in the 59th minute to take Dynamos tally to 31 points equal with Highlanders and Chicken Inn.
Dynamos, however, moved into second place ahead of the to Bulawayo clubs on goal difference and now trail log leaders Harare City by three points.
“Having lost last weekend I think we needed those three points at all costs,” Pasuwa told reporters after the game.
“We missed so many chances but the good part of it is, we collected maximum points. We were missing some of our key players upfront.
“I felt we needed someone who could bury those chances. We have to regroup and look forward to our next assignments.
“It’s unfortunate that we have been dropping points. We need to maintain the winning streak.
“I think we are still in the right track but we need to keep on picking those points.”
Dynamos started strongly, dominating the proceedings but failed to make it count in front of goal.
The home side had a great chance of going forward in the opening minute but Clive Kawinga miscued his effort after receiving a cross from Russell Madamombe.
DeMbare’s best chance in the first half fell to Boban Zirintusa in the 13th minute. The Ugandan directed his effort wide with only the keeper to beat after Kawinga did well to square the ball.
The home side continued to dominate possession but despite having plenty of the ball, Kawinga, Madamombe, Zirintusa and Tawanda Muparati took turns to miss or at times found Buffaloes’ goalkeeper Blessing Mwandimutsira equal to the task.
The second half was no different as DeMbare continued to miss good scoring opportunities which triggered unrest amongst their fans, who began to suspect the use of juju.
So strong is the belief in juju that a section of Dynamos fans housed at Rufaro’s Mbare-end threw bottles laden with urine onto the pitch.
Mbara then finally broke the deadlock for the Glamour Boys with a delightful strike from inside the box to bring excitement to the DeMbare fans.
The home side continued to create many scoring opportunities especially after the introduction of Cliff Sekete and Farai Mupasiri, who replaced Zirintusa and Morris Kadzola.
Sekete’s introduction saw Thomas Magorimbo shifting to right back thereby increasing more attacking options.
Buffaloes were never in the game and their first attempt at goal came in the 76th minute when Steven Sibanda was gifted possession by Gift Bello at the back and the striker failed to beat the advancing George Chigova in a one-on-one situation.