DYNAMOS were far from convincing but still managed to grind a victory that ensured their Castle Lager Premiership campaign got off to a flying start here yesterday.
Midfielder Shadreck Nyahwa scored the all-important goal on the hour mark when he ghost from behind to head home an Albert Eonde perfect cross from the right side to hand the Glamour Boys maximum points.
Tonderai Ndiraya was more cautious in his approach after adopting a formation that left all his strikers on the bench while he chose to rely with wingers and were sluggish in the first half, failing to register a shot on target as Yadah dominated possession.
In fact the Harare giants should consider themselves lucky after their captain and defender Partson Jaure escaped red card twice. First Jaure went away with a yellow card in the first half despite a dangerous open foot on Yadah’s Godfrey Mukambi which tore his shorts.
Jaure then survived again in the second half when he appeared to have deliberately handled under pressure to clear his lines.
Those decisions did not go down well with Yadah players who confronted referee Munyaradzi Majoni at final whistle.
Majoni had to be escorted by police details at final whistle as irate Yadah players and officials called for his blood.
Dynamos coach, Ndiraya welcomed the result but admitted to not have been at their best
“We are very happy with the result and what’s important is the mentality that we have and the approach we had in the game,” Ndiraya said after the match.
“We wanted to continue and that was the message to the team that we are in week 12. We needed to do what we have been doing and that’s what we have done today. It happens that you don’t win beautifully but what’s important are the points we got today (yesterday).
“We were playing at home and what we wanted is a good result and a good result is what we got. So overall, I’m impressed by what the team did especially defensively because it is natural that when the team is down it throws more bodies forward but we managed to contain the pressure.
“l didn’t like the way we played in the first half, we were flat, we didn’t show any hunger whatsoever, we were there and we looked uninsured but I’m glad we came in the second half and showed some energy and got the goal.”
Yadah coach Genesis Mangombe felt some of the decisions by the match officials contributed to their defeat.
“lt’s a game of football. We played according to our game plan but the unfortunate part is that we failed to convert the chances that came our way,” Mangombe said.
“We were also not happy with some of the decisions by the match officials. I thought Jaure handled the ball and if he was lenient enough he was going to award a penalty. Of course we missed several scoring chances. If you do not convert you get punished and we were punished.
“Again, the challenge on Mukambi by Jaure. If the match official had got that right maybe we could have been talking a different story.”
Yadah looked the more dangerous side each time they venture forward with exciting skipper Godknows Mangani, Fortune Binzi, Lennox Mucheto and Bright Chayambuka causing all sorts of problems.
In fact Dynamos were lucky not to concede as Yadah forwards took turns to fluff good scoring opportunities while goalkeeper Taimon Mvula on several occasions made some timely interventions to keep the Harare giants into the game.
The Glamour Boys only improved later in the game and were duly rewarded when Nyahwa put them ahead.
at NATIONAL SPORTS STDAIUM
Dynamos …………….……. (0) 1
Yadah ………………………. (0) 0