DeMbare go past Cha­pungu

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Grace Chin­goma

Dynamos 1 - 0 Cha­pungu DYNAMOS third-choice goal­keeper Ash­ley Reyn­ers was the hero of the day when he saved a penalty on his de­but as he kept his team in the game in yes­ter­day’s Cas­tle Lager Pre­mier­ship soccer match at Ru­faro.

The tall goal­keeper quickly en­deared him­self with the hard to please DeMbare fans and was show­ered with some money at the end of the game.

In the ab­sence of DeMbare’s first-choice Tatenda Muku­ruva, who was away in Guinea with the War­riors, coach Lloyd Mu­tasa brought in Reyn­ers, who was play­ing in his first match af­ter hav­ing only come on as a sub­sti­tute in the pre­vi­ous home game against Harare City.

And Reyn­ers grabbed the op­por­tu­nity with both hands as he saved Cha­pungu skip­per Tafadzwa Mombeshora’s spot kick in the 71st minute af­ter ref­eree No­more Musundire had ad­judged an in­fringe­ment in­side the box by Dynamos de­fender Mar­shal Mac­haz­ane.

The goal­keeper dived to the right and punched the ball out of dan­ger to pre­serve the one-goal lead for the hosts af­ter they had opened the scor­ing in the first half through Wis­dom Mu­tasa.

“To­day, it was the day I got my de­but and I had to play well so that the fans know that I am some­one who is adding value to the team.

“The coach mo­ti­vated me when I was walk­ing into the pitch and said ‘you have done it be­fore, you have played foot­ball be­fore, it is still the same as the way you have played at Tri­an­gle’.

“This re­ally mo­ti­vated me and when I went into the pitch, I just had to ex­press my­self,” said Reyn­ers.

He said un­der­study­ing the coun­try’s num­ber one goal­min­der Muku­ruva has helped him a lot as he is kept on his toes so that he proves he is also a good ‘keeper.

“We are help­ing each other at train­ing, he (Muku­ruva) is Zim­babwe’s num­ber one goal­min­der so I have to ex­press my­self and we will see in the fu­ture,” said Reyn­ers.

He also thanked the fans for “the Sun­day of­fer­ing” he re­ceived.

It was a day of firsts at Ru­faro yes­ter­day as Dynamos mid­fielder Wis­dom Mu­tasa also got his first goal in the club’s colours when he scored in the 13th minute.

He ben­e­fited from a re­bound af­ter Den­ver Mukamba had sub­tracted a marker and crossed the ball which trou­bled Cha­pungu keeper Roy Mazingi.

Dynamos coach Lloyd Mu­tasa said they de­served to win on an af­ter­noon they cre­ated a num­ber of chances.

“If you look at the way we played in the first half we did not only cre­ate chances but some good chances that could have taken us through this game. But be­cause we man­aged to score one goal we had to fight un­til the end.

“The cre­ativ­ity is there but the con­ver­sion is not di­rectly pro­por­tional to the cre­ativ­ity and it is some­thing that is wor­ri­some but some­thing that we have to go back and work on as well,” he said.

The DeMbare coach also praised his keeper of the day Reyner who is the third in the peck­ing or­der be­hind Muku­ruva and Ton­derai Mateyaunga.

“It is part of his job sav­ing penal­ties. He has done it at train­ing and it wasn’t a sur­prise for him to do this and you look at the way he came in dur­ing the pre­vi­ous match, he ac­counted well for him­self hence he got the nod to­day and he did well to jus­tify his in­clu­sion,” said Lloyd Mu­tasa.

How­ever, the DeMbare gaffer said he is still search­ing for con­sis­tency from his charges and would ap­pre­ci­ate it if they start do­ing so in the next match against High­landers at the week­end.

And on his son Wis­dom get­ting on the score­sheet, the coach was diplo­matic and said he is happy when all his play­ers do well as they are all his sons.

“When you are a Dynamos coach you look at Brett Amidu, you look at Musa Mad­hiri and they are all your sons and it is part of the game and he (Wis­dom) is em­ployed to do that,” said Lloyd Mu­tasa.

Cha­pungu coach John Nyikadzino said the chances they wasted in­clud­ing a penalty cost them the match.

“Ba­si­cally I can say we lost to a lucky side, a lucky side who got a num­ber of chances and were able to save a penalty. We lost to a lucky side. Over­all, we played bet­ter than them but at the end of the game what counts is the re­sult.

“We lacked that killer punch in the fi­nal third. A penalty is a chance we could have utilised but the way for­ward is to look for­ward to our next game against Harare City,” said Nyikadzino.

Dynamos striker Den­ver Mukamba (right) tus­sles for pos­ses­sion with Cha­pungu United’s de­fender Blessed Mbawarira dur­ing yes­ter­day’s Cas­tle Lager Pre­mier­ship soccer match at Ru­faro

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