BULAWAYO – Harare giantsDynamos scrapped their second win of the season when they edged Tsholotsho FC in a Castle Lager Premiership match here yesterday to ease pressure on interim coach Lloyd Mutasa.
Left back Ocean Mushure scored the solitary strike to give Mutasa his first win when he converted a sixth minute penalty kick.
Mutasa was elevated to the hot seat following the sacking of Paulo Jorge Silva after only five games and began his tenure with a 0-1 loss to FC Platinum last weekend.
With only five games to convince the DeMbare hierarchy that he is the right man for the job, Mutasa was desperate to win yesterday’s match.
The former DeMbare midfielder was pleased with the way his side went about their business yesterday.
“I would like to applaud Tsholotsho; they gave it their all but the only difference was that penalty,” Mutasa said after the match.
“We have a lot of ground to cover, as a coach you can never be satisfied but I am happy with the manner in which the youngsters defended; it was quite good.”
Although the home side went behind early in the match, they really threw everything at DeMbare in search of an equaliser.
Dynamos had goalkeeper Tatenda Mkuruva to thank for the number of match-winning saves he made especially in the second period.
The visitors had taken the lead when Tsholotsho defender Thando Ncube held back Dynamos forward Farai Mupasiri inside the box, as he charged towards goal.
It was a clumsy foul that left referee Nkosilathi Moyo with no option but to point to the spot.
After going ahead, DeMbare began sitting deep in their own half to protect their lead while allowing the home side to enjoy all the possession.
From there on, it was the home side, who began throwing men forward but they found a stumbling block in the DeMbare defence together with Mkuruva.
Tsholotsho thought they had equalised when Simbarashe Gorongodyo sent in a blistering shot from way outside the box that looked destined for the top corner.
However, Mkuruva was having an inspired afternoon as he leapt into the air to parry it over for a corner kick.
Try as they might, Tsholotsho could not find a way past the DeMbare backline for the remainder of the match as the visitors held out for all three points.
The home side’s coach Lizwe Sweswe was visibly dejected after the loss as his team had been outstanding.
“In the first five minutes that’s where we got it wrong and we didn’t take our chances otherwise the game was okay,” he said.
With the win, DeMbare moved from 15th place into eighth with eight points from seven matches while Tsholotsho dropped one place into 12th with seven points.
Tsholotsho: Marion Chang, Mclive Phiri, Nkosi Moyo, Ntando Ncube, Bruno Madanhire, (Lynoth Chikuhwa, 65) William Stima, Butho Ncube, Redirick Mupfudza, Simba Gorongodyo, Joel Luphahla, (Dhuwa Collins, 49) Ponyera Mostafa.
Dynamos: Tatenda Mkuruva, Obey Mwerahari, Ocean Mushure, Sydney Linyama, Elisha Muroiwa, Stephen Alimenda, Richard Kawondera (Tichaona Chipunza, 81) Godknows Murwira, Carlos Rusere (Masimba Mambare,74) Brett Amidu, (Walter Mukanga, 46) Farai Mupasiri.