HARARE – Dynamos dedicated their hard-fought 2-1 win over Chapungu in a Castle Lager Premiership match at Ascot Stadium to their supporters who passed away in a road accident on their way to Gweru.
Seven supporters died when the vehicle they were travelling in burst its front tyre and overturned at Battlefields just before Kwekwe.
Among those injured was an aunt to DeMbare forward King Nasama, who scored the winning goal during yesterday’s match.
“We want to dedicate this win to our supporters who died in the accident. It’s sad when lives are lost in such a manner,” Dynamos coach Lloyd Mutasa said after the win.
Chapungu had taken an early lead when Hillary Mugoniwa’s cross-cum-shot fooled Dynamos goalkeeper Tonderai Mateyaunga after only eight minutes.
However, Dynamos were not affected by conceding early as they probed the Chapungu defence.
The Harare giants turned around the match in a space of three minutes with two quick goals that caught out the Air Force of Zimbabwe side cold.
Masimba Mambare equalised for the Glamour Boys on 20 minutes when he headed home a free kick taken by Godknows Murwira.
Dynamos won a free kick on the left and Murwira sent in a cross which the Chapungu defence failed to clear allowing Mambare to score with a diving header.
Three minutes later, Nasama headed home what proved to be the winning goal from an Ocean Mushure cross.
From there on, the youthful Dynamos trio of Nasama, Kudzanayi Nyakasaka and Brett Amidu continued to threaten the Chapungu defence but they failed to add to their sides lead.
Chapungu upped their game in the second with Ngoni Murisa, who came on for Cleopas Kapupurika at halftime, stabilising the midfield together with veteran Tafadzwa Mombeshora.
The airmen fought hard but their script remained the same for their home matches as they failed to find an equaliser.
After the match, Chapungu coach John Nyikadzino said: “We conceded soft goal; we went to sleep for those three minutes otherwise it’s one of those games which we should have won.”