Dynamos edge Bulawayo Chiefs

Bulawayo Chiefs……. 0

Dynamos………………(1) 1

A FIRST-HALF strike by Quality Kangadzi powered struggling giants Dynamos to victory as new interim coach Biggie Zuze enjoyed a perfect start to life in the hottest seat in domestic football at Barbourfields on Sunday.

The stocky forward finished with ease a quick counterattack in the 34th minute, to give Zuze a winning start after he took over from Lloyd Mutasa, who was fired last week following a string of poor results.

Mutasa chose to watch the match between CAPS United and Ngezi Platinum Stars at the National Sports Stadium yesterday.

Bulawayo Chiefs paid dearly for failing to turn superior ball possession into goals as Dynamos launched a swift counterattack to grab the three points.

It took exactly 13 seconds for the ball to hit the back of the net from the time it was released by goalkeeper Tonderai Mateyaunga.

Chiefs had gone on the attack and when Mateyaunga caught the ball, he rolled it to central defender Marshal Machazane, who released Blessing Moyo and the defensive midfielder sent in a long pass to left-winger Manuel Mandiranga, who found to Kangadzi to finish with an easy tap-in.

The goal took off the sting from Chiefs’ players, who had been enjoying superior ball possession. DeMbare players began to play with purpose after the goal, with Moyo dictating pace in midfield.

Earlier on, Dynamos had forced Chiefs to resort to long-range attempts after good build-ups. Chiefs’ Gracious Muleya watched his 12th minute effort agonisingly missing the target.

In the 24th minute, Dynamos central midfielder Marvelous Mukumba breached Chiefs’ defence, but hurriedly shot over the bar with keeper Kelvin Nyoni to beat.

Mukumba should have taken at least two steps as Chiefs’ central defenders Last Sithole and Polite Moyo were out of position.

Five minutes later, Nyoni pulled a brilliant save, tipping over the bar a Moyo attempt from a free-kick. DeMbare then scored in the 34th minute and held on up to the end.

The second half saw Chiefs regaining control of the game, with the introduction of attacking midfielder Arthur Musiyiwa for injured striker Kundishora Chakanyuka, in the 47th minute.

They ripped Dynamos’ midfield, but failed to breach the rearguard marshalled by Machazane and Godfrey Mukambi.

Musiyiwa should have equalised for Chiefs in the 52nd minute after being presented with a golden opportunity inside the box by Moses Majika, but he miscued his effort. Gift Saunyama was unlucky not to increase Dynamos’ advantage with a 75th minute header that crashed against the crossbar.

Dynamos coach Zuze was happy with the result and hoped the victory is the beginning of better fortunes for the Glamour Boys, who are 17 points behind log leaders Ngezi Platinum Stars.

“We knew that Bulawayo Chiefs have been doing very well and our game plan was to manage them; force them not to play their game.

“They are dangerous from the left side, so we closed that avenue. The goal we scored we knew that if we play the ball behind their defence we’ve got speed.

“We’ve been playing well, creating chances in matches we’ve played, but it’s the result that wasn’t coming. If we stick to our basics after today, we have a foundation for a way forward.

“There’s still a lot of work to do and it’s the beginning. We have to keep our heads down and move forward.

“The morale and confidence going to the FC Platinum game is good for us,” he said.

Chiefs’ coach Garthly Chipuka said injuries had affected them. “We normally play the traditional 4-4-2, but because of injuries we had to change formations and that is why we had Majika, who normally plays on the left, leading the attack. “Injuries really affected us.

“The quick transitions, which are our trademark, were not there. We will have to hunt for a striker when the mid-season window opens.”

Teams:

Bulawayo Chiefs: K. Nyoni, M. Mkolo, S. Nyahwa, P. Moyo, L. Sithole, T. Muzuva, B. Manhire (C. Makamba, 64th min), G. Muleya (L. Ndlela, 85th min), P. Chikwende, K. Chakanyuka (A. Musiyiwa, 47th min), M. Majika

Dynamos: T. Mateyaunga, P. Makaha, J. Tigere, M. Machazane, G. Mukambi, B. Moyo, M. Mukumba, M. Mandiranga, K. Dhemere (G. Saunyama, 63rd min), Q. Kangadzi (P. Dube, 86th min), K. Kumwala (T. Macheke, 63rd min)

Source: The Herald