DeMbare shake off bad streak

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Grace Chin­goma

Dy­namos 2 -1 Harare City DEN­VER MUKAMBA turned back the hands of time to the pe­riod when he won the Cas­tle Lager Premier League Soc­cer Star of the Year award with a daz­zling show that he spiced with a bril­liant strike as Dy­namos fi­nally re­mem­bered how to win at Ru­faro yes­ter­day.

The slim mid­fielder had since his re­turn to the Glam­our Boys failed to woo the crowd and let alone in­spire Dy­namos in their fight for the cham­pi­onship ti­tle.

In­stead Mukamba had been hog­ging the lime­light for the wrong rea­sons as he bat­tled with dis­ci­plinary prob­lems that saw coach Lloyd Mu­tasa wield the axe on him along with other se­nior play­ers — skip­per Stephen Ali­menda, War­riors first choice goal­keeper Tatenda Muku­ruva and Do­minic Mukandi.

But af­ter mend­ing bridges with Mu­tasa and up­ping his game dur­ing the week of train­ing, the 2012 Soc­cer Star of the Year re­paid his coach with a stun­ning opener that was laced with a beau­ti­ful build up to the goal.

Stand in cap­tain Ocean Mushure then made sure of Dy­namos’ dom­i­nance over Harare City in league meetings from the penalty spot later on af­ter Jerry Chipan­gura had can­celled out Mukamba 57th minute won­der strike when he lev­elled terms in the 72nd minute.

But there was no doubt­ing that the talk­ing point was Mukamba’s goal and how he went about build­ing up to that strike.

Yes­ter­day’s vic­tory helped Dy­namos bring to a halt a run of six win­less games that had seen them vir­tu­ally fall out of the ti­tle reck­on­ing. Mukamba vowed more would come from him af­ter break­ing his goal duck for Dy­namos fol­low­ing his re­turn from an un­suc­cess­ful stint in the South African Pre­mier­ship.

Dy­namos had last won a league match on July 9 when they beat Bor­der Strik­ers 2-0 at Ru­faro be­fore go­ing on a dry spell where they could only man­age five draws and a de­feat against Bor­der Strik­ers in the re­verse tie in Beit­bridge. But yes­ter­day they also com­pleted a dou­ble over Moses Chunga’s men in style when Mukamba, who was used as a for­ward in­stead of his usual mid­field po­si­tion, in a move which quickly paid off, turned the hands of time with a spe­cial goal he man­u­fac­tured com­ing from wide on the flank.

Mukamba teased his marker, jinxed past an­other op­po­nent be­fore let­ting loose a curl­ing ef­fort that beat Harare City goal­keeper Maxwell Nyamu­pane­dengu.

Such goals used to be his spe­cialty the last time he put on a DeMbare shirt and even be­came Ger­man coach Klaus Di­eter Pagels’ choice for War­riors cap­tain.

But Mukamba’s goal was can­celled in the 72nd minute by Harare City young for­ward Chipan­gura who beat a sprawled Muku­ruva, fol­low­ing a mix up in the Dy­namos de­fence area to squeeze the ball through.

How­ever, res­o­lute Dy­namos, show­ing strong in­tent from the restart were un­stop­pable and 10 min­utes later they got the win­ner through Ocean Mushure who con­verted from the spot.

Ref­eree Nor­man Mate­mera ad­judged that Harare City skip­per Arnold Chivheya had up­ended Bret Amidu in the box when he was go­ing for the kill and awarded them a penalty which the left back ex­e­cuted well.

As Dy­namos cel­e­brated the sweet sense of vic­tory again, Mukamba cel­e­brated find­ing the tar­get once more.

Mukamba said he had been try­ing to set­tle in his last five matches and in­sisted more would come from him.

“I’m very happy to score my first goal af­ter a long time. It was a Harare derby, it was not easy and for the last five matches I had not scored. “So to­day I am very happy. “From Monday the coach saw me work­ing very hard at train­ing and said I must go and play as a striker and I man­aged to do that.

“As a player I am free to play any po­si­tion and in the next match at Ngezi Plat­inum, if he (coach) gives me that po­si­tion again, I will push as I did to­day. Ex­pect more goals to come from me as we are left with 10 matches.

“In my first game against ZPC Kariba, I hit the post so I am happy to score at Ru­faro af­ter a long time,” Mukamba said.

Mukamba’s last goal at Ru­faro was in Novem­ber 2012 when he scored from a penalty as Dy­namos beat Buf­faloes 3-0 with former DeMbare for­ward Simba Nhivi get­ting a brace. The former Bid­vest Wits mid­fielder said he re­alised that Nyamu­pane­dengu was off his line and took a crack at goal.

“I re­alised it af­ter I had left my marker that the ’keeper was not on the line and I knew I had to chip and I would beat him.

“For the past five games I have been work­ing on my per­for­mance. I have set­tled now and I should do more for the fans who are happy to­day and I am also happy with the sup­port,” said Mukamba.

Mu­tasa was happy with the vic­tory and said it should be the team’s turn­ing point.

“We told the young­sters this should be our turn­ing point. We have gone six matches with­out a win and it is some­thing which is not nor­mal for Dy­namos and the young­sters had to dig deep into their re­serves and we man­aged to come out vic­to­ri­ous.

“Com­ing from six matches with­out a win, I think it’s a great win and we can move on from there. It should be our turn­ing point, I think we need con­sis­tency and prob­a­bly this win can only mo­ti­vate the young­sters go­ing for­ward,” said Mu­tasa.

Mu­tasa said his charges badly wanted a vic­tory and they sweated for it.

“There was the Dy­namos zeal of want­ing to win, want­ing to win ev­ery duel, want­ing to go for­ward and want­ing to beat Harare City for the se­cond time,” he said.

The Glam­our Boys beat Sun­shine Boys 0-2 at the same venue.

Harare City coach Moses Chunga had hoped for a change of for­tunes but he was left blam­ing his play­ers from mis­fir­ing.

“If you don’t score you don’t win. We con­ceded soft goals and it’s one of the things we are work­ing on. Set­backs are there in life but it’s how you pick your­self from that, now we are pre­par­ing for Bu­l­awayo City.

“We re­ally wanted to win it but unfortunately we didn’t score many goals that is how we lost it. If you look at the guys they played with a lot of energy but I am not that dis­ap­pointed,” said Chunga.

The former Dy­namos coach who in­tro­duced mid­fielder Raphael Manu­vire in the se­cond pe­riod af­ter the player re­turned to the club said the War­riors for­ward still needed some more con­di­tion­ing.

JOY AT LAST . . . Dy­namos coach Lloyd Mu­tasa (left) and his sub­sti­tutes’ bench cel­e­brate their team’s win­ning goal dur­ing yes­ter­day’s match at Ru­faro. ( Pic­ture by Mun­yaradzi Chamal­imba)

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