DeMbare out of Chibuku Cup

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Ed­die Chikamhi

Dy­namos 1-2 Tri­an­gle TRI­AN­GLE coach Tau­rayi Mang­wiro turned emo­tional yesterday had an an­gry out­burst at Ru­faro fol­low­ing the vi­o­lent in­ci­dents that left an as­sis­tant ref­eree in­jured their Chibuku semi-fi­nal win over giants Dy­namos.

The Sugar Sugar Boys pow­ered their way into a date against hold­ers Harare City for the Novem­ber 10 fi­nal through well-de­served goals from de­fender Kudzai Chig­wida and their most trusted for­ward Lameck Nhamo early in the first half.

DeMbare man­aged to re­duce the ar­rears just be­fore half-time with a pow­er­ful header by their cap­tain Mar­shal Mac­haz­ane but it was not enough to turn the tide against the tac­ti­cally and tech­ni­cally su­pe­rior vis­i­tors.

Tri­an­gle con­trolled all as­pects of the game and gave Dy­namos, who had been hav­ing a fine run in their fight against rel­e­ga­tion un­der Lloyd Chigowe and Mu­rape Mu­rape, a timely re­minder of how poor this Glamour Boys team has been this sea­son.

But the match yesterday was nearly aban­doned af­ter as­sis­tant ref­eree Salani Ncube was in­jured on his leg by a mis­sile thrown in his di­rec­tion by rowdy el­e­ments among the DeMbare fans who dis­rupted the match at every turn yesterday.

There was a 13-minute stop­page late in the sec­ond half when Ncube went down in­jured. He was stretchered off the pitch and was re­placed by fourth of­fi­cial Pi­lani Ncube amid protests from Tri­an­gle coach Mang­wiro who felt it was no longer safe to con­tinue with the game.

Ear­lier, the vis­i­tors’ goal­keeper Ron­ald Mudimu had sur­vived an avalanche of mis­siles while Nhamo was also tar­geted as he lay on the turf in­jured.

And Mang­wiro, who turned up for the post­match press con­fer­ence highly emo­tional, slammed the an­tics by the Dy­namos fans and also branded the cur­rent crop of DeMbare team a “cir­cus” that lacks tal­ent.

“At some stage I thought it was no longer safe for my play­ers to con­tinue af­ter what you saw hap­pen­ing. I even did not see the goal that we con­ceded be­cause I was busy protest­ing that Lameck is hav­ing mis­siles be­ing thrown at him when he got in­jured and that’s the time they are scor­ing.

“The next thing the goal­keeper is hav­ing mis­siles be­ing thrown at him and, to make mat­ters worse, we have the as­sis­tant ref­eree get­ting in­jured and it’s there for ev­ery­one to see.

“Some­times we end up en­dan­ger­ing the lives of many be­cause of the fail­ure to ac­cept re­sults and to­day this is the mes­sage that we have for Dy­namos. It’s a re­al­ity check.

“Peo­ple should not fool them­selves into be­liev­ing that sud­denly they are a good team. The games that they have won, they have been win­ning in Harare against Harare op­po­si­tion and to­day we were in there and on the field of play I knew we were tech­ni­cally bet­ter than them. “We proved it to a large ex­tent. “To be hon­est with you, the re­al­ity on the ground, this is a team driven more by the fans than the tal­ent that they pos­sess. That’s the truth of the mat­ter.

“It’s not an in­sult to my other col­leagues, you have seen the good work that they have done but if I look at the play­ers that Dy­namos have in their pool and I want to in­cor­po­rate them into my team at Tri­an­gle, maybe one of two will make the start­ing team. That’s the truth of the mat­ter.

“Sorry, per­haps emo­tions are get­ting the bet­ter of me. But I don’t mean to in­sult the in­sti­tu­tion called Dy­namos. This is where we were born and bred and to­day, even as we work at Tri­an­gle, we still have the blue blood in us.

“That’s the truth of the mat­ter but what I am see­ing at times, it’s some cir­cus, to be hon­est with you,” said Mang­wiro.

Tri­an­gle showed in­tent from the start and twice forc­ing the Dy­namos goal­keeper Simba Chi­nani into ac­tion within the open­ing two min­utes.

But with only six min­utes on the board, the keeper was beaten by the ball af­ter cen­tral de­fender Chig­wida gave a slight nod to a free-kick by Rus­sel Madamombe on the right flank.

Then a blun­der by Valen­tine Kadonzvo cost the Glamour Boys as Collins Dhuwa re­leased Nhamo, who forced the ball be­tween the keeper’s legs. Tri­an­gle were lead­ing 2-0 af­ter 13 min­utes and the re­sult was a true re­flec­tion of their dom­i­nance.

Chig­wida could have added to his tally but he headed wide at the half-hour mark be­fore Nhamo drew a bril­liant save from goal­keeper Chi­nani with a header af­ter Madamombe had de­liv­ered an­other su­perb free-kick into the box.

Tri­an­gle skip­per Ralph Ka­won­dera bun­dled home the re­bound from close range but the goal was dis­al­lowed for off­side by ref­eree Nor­man Mate­mera.

Mac­haz­ane’s half-time goal from a cor­ner kick by Kadonzvo gave DeMbare the im­pe­tus in the fi­nal 45 min­utes but Tri­an­gle were al­ways on top of their game.

DeMbare coach Lloyd Chigowe said his team was un­set­tled by the goals they con­ceded in the open­ing 15 min­utes.

“In the early stages of the game we lost fo­cus, went to sleep and were duly pun­ished. Tri­an­gle were hun­grier than us and they showed that they wanted it more than us.

“I think the stop­pages also af­fected the rhythm of the game but I think Tri­an­gle over­all de­served to go through,” said Chigowe.

Tau­rayi Mang­wiro

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