TRIANGLE – Clive Kawinga rose from the bench to grab Dynamos’ late winner as they beat a plucky Tripple B 1-0 to progress to the next round of the Mbada Diamonds Cup at Gibbo Stadium on Sunday.
The win saw Dynamos maintain their unbeaten ran at Gibbo in cup matches having beaten Hwange and Buffaloes in the BancABC Sup8 Cup previously.
Yesterday’s match got off to a slow start with both teams struggling to settle due to the erratic pitch conditions caused by the unexpected rains that defied the usually hot temperatures of this Lowveld area.
However, it was Tripple B who settled first with Alick Marime causing some anxious moments for the tournament’s defending champions’ defenders.
The Beigtbridge side could not convert their dominance into goals.
Powered by the impressive and man-of-the-match Oscar Machapa, Dynamos slowly clawed back into the match and began to ask Tripple B defence a lot of questions.
Machapa, who was handed a free role in the midfield, was the hub from which DeMbare initiated a lot of their moves but they were unlucky in the 26th min when Thomas Magorimbo was denied by the goalkeeper Gilbert Chingwandaza after some good build ups.
The first half ended with Dynamos threatening the Tripple B goal area.
Russel Madamombe, Washington Pakamisa and Boban Zirintusa all took turns to miss some good chances.
In the other instances they found Chingwandaza unyielding.
Moments after the breather, Zirintusa could have done better when he headed weakly at the goalkeeper after getting to the end of a cross from Machapa.
In the 48th minute, Chingwandaza almost gifted DeMbare the lead after he failed to control a Givemore Fireyi back pass but luckily for him the ball went out for a corner.
Macahapa stepped up his game on the right and began to cause a lot of problems for the Tripple B defence.
The former CAPS United defender could have got his name on the score sheet in the 63rd minute but he was denied by Chingwandaza.
After failing to find the breakthrough, Pasuwa responded by brining on Kawinga and Patrick Kumbula for the wasteful Madamombe and Pakamisa in the 73rd minute.
And barely eight minutes after coming on, Kawinga put Dynamos ahead.
The former CAPS United player tapped the ball home after the Tripple B defence failed to deal with Machapa’s harmless effort on goal.
Kawinga could have added a second in the 88th minute but he had his shot blocked by Oscar Chove after he had done well to beat three defenders.
Pasuwa was pleased with his team’s performance especially after a difficult first half in which they could have gone down.
“We started slowly in the first half. They were coming at us but the good thing is we defended well,” said Pasuwa.
“In these cup matches what you need to do is to progress to the next round regardless of your performance.
Pasuwa also praised the goal scorer Kawinga: “He is one of the strikers and he played his part.”
Tripple B coach Peter Manoti praised his players for stretching Dynamos throughout the match.
There was a minute of silence before the start of the match in honour of Triiple B midfielder Timire Mamvura’s mother who passed away on Saturday.
Dynamos: George Chigova, Thomas Magorimbo, Ocean Mushure, Gift Bello, Partson Jaure, Stephen Alimenda, Boban Bogere, Tawanda Muparati, Oscar Machapa, Washington Pakamisa, Russel Madamombe
Tripple B: Gilbert Chingwandaza, Givemore Fireyi, Talent Mkondwa, Oscar Chove, Ephraim Chove, Webster Chingodza, Maxwel Mavuto, Ali Kazembe, Simon Maengeni, Aleck Marime, Makai Kawashu