DeMbare fans riot

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Ngezi Plat­inum Stars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (0)2 Dy­namos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0 STUNG by the re­al­ity that they were star­ing a painful de­feat, one that could cost them the Cas­tle Lager Premier Soc­cer League ti­tle, Dy­namos sup­port­ers yes­ter­day at­tacked ri­val Ngezi Plat­inum Stars fans and in­vaded the pitch, bring­ing the match to a tem­po­rary halt. The 2-0 score line in favour of Ngezi saw the hosts shoot to the top of the log on goal dif­fer­ence, while Dy­namos are third and two points be­hind the lead­ers and FC Plat­inum. With four games to go to the end of the sea­son, Dy­namos crum­bled on the pitch and their fans blew their tops in the ter­races. Two sec­ond half goals from Qadr Amini in the 54th minute and Xolisani Moyo two min­utes later did the dam­age for a com­pact Ngezi side. Then in the 78th minute, sens­ing that there would likely be no way back for DeMbare in this game, the vis­i­tors’ sup­port­ers at­tacked Ngezi fans and in­vaded the pitch. When the match re­sumed, DeMbare had a Mar­shal Mac­haz­ane goal dis­al­lowed after ref­eree Brighton Chimene judged there was an in­fringe­ment on Ngezi ’keeper Tak­abva Mawaya be­fore the tall cen- tre-back blasted the ball home. Win­ning coach Ton­der­ayi Ndi­raya chose to use the post-match in­ter­view to reaf­firm his re­spect for Dy­namos gaffer Lloyd Mu­tasa.

“I re­spect Lloyd as a coach and our re­la­tion­ship re­mains cor­dial, the in­ci­dent that hap­pened was about emo­tions and it is bound to hap­pen in a game of such mag­ni­tude,” said Ndi­raya. “Points are not fought on the field of play alone but off it also.”

Ngezi moved to 60 points, level with FC Plat­inum but the Mhon­doro side en­joy a bet­ter goal dif­fer­ence go­ing into the last four rounds of fix­tures.

“There are still 12 points to play (for) and it’s a good thing that we are now on top but we will need to keep work­ing hard,” said Ndi­raya.

A fu­ri­ous Mu­tasa claimed the ball boys were us­ing time wast­ing an­tics, but re­mained con­vinced his charges could still land the ti­tle.

“There are no such kind of ball boys. There are some things that are be­yond our con­trol and we can­not com­ment on such but we can’t ac­cept such. No coach would want to lose but we had a lapse in con­cen­tra­tion and the des­tiny is no longer in our hands. We have to focus on the re­main­ing matches and see what hap­pens,” said Mu­tasa.

Teams Ngezi Plat­inum Stars: T Mawaya, D Tavari, W Mukanga, L Chako­roma, C Au­gusto, G Mur­wira, X Moyo, T Mab­vura (K Bu­laji), T Dzvuka­manja, Q Amini, K Mur­era Dy­namos: T Mateyaunga, P Makaha, O Mushure, R Ma­tova (T Si­mango), M Mac­haz­ane, G Mukambi,T Chipunza, G Saun­yama (P Dube), C Ka­pupurika (M Mam­bare), Q Kan­gadzi, C Epoupa

Ton­der­ayi Ndi­raya

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