On Sunday we witnessed the battle of the two giants in the Zimbabwean premiership league, Dynamos and Highlanders. The match ended up with Highlanders as the eventual winners after a period of close to a decade of defeats.
Highlanders last beat Dynamos in the 2011 Independence Cup when they romped to a 4-3 penalty shoot-out win following a goalless stalemate. Bosso, however, have failed to win in the league since 2006.
By Tongai Mwenje
The Bulawayo giants got a solitary goal from Obadiah Tarumbwa whose shot overpowered the Dynamos keeper after a poor defending from the Dynamos rear guard. The biggest question in everyone’s mind especially from the Dynamos family is what went wrong for Dynamos?
Both teams fielded their strongest sides for the match and it was Dynamos who fashioned the first chance of the game as early as the fourth minute but Rodreck Mutuma failed to connect a cross from youngster Kuda Nyakasaka who was making his debut.
The game started so well with both teams showing great skills, particularly the attacking men.
The two teams proved why it’s called the battle of Zimbabwe. King Nadolo, Rodreck Mutuma, Takesure Chinyama, Obadiah Tarumbwa were among the players who demonstrated that talent and skill are still predominant in Zimbabwe.
The newly appointed Dynamos gaffer, Tonderai Ndiraya started his career as the head coach on a losing note leaving soccer fans questioning his coaching prowess. In all fairness and truthiness can we blame Ndiraya for the loss? Personally, I don’t agree with those who think that the former Dynamos player is at fault.
Dynamos paid dearly for missing their chances in the first half with Rodreck Mutuma twice letting his teammates down when he failed to connect from close range.
It was clear that Mafu had instructed his players to take shots from distance with Tarumbwa’s effort saved by Artwell Mukandi before King Nadolo and Kutsanzira also tried their luck from range but could not find the target.
On 30th minute, Mutuma’s first time shot was dealt with by Njabulo Nyoni in goals for Bosso. Moments later, Takesure Chinyama tried to be spectacular with an attempted lob over the goalkeeper which did not materialise.
As the halftime break approached, the big forward escaped Felix Chindungwe’s challenge on the left before crossing the ball for Mutuma, who again failed to connect home.
Highlanders started the second half with much intent and took the lead when the exciting Nadolo easily made his way past defender Augustine Mbara before crossing for Tarumbwa who blasted home despite the best attempt of goalkeeper Mukandi to keep it out.
Mutuma was too slow to react when Masimba Mambare sent a good cross into the box with four minutes into the game. He also had the chance to give his side the advantage but again his sliding effort apparently was not the best decision when Takesure Chinyama sent an almost similar delivery shortly before the half time whistle.
It got worse for Dynamos minutes later when Linyama was stretchered off injured.
At the other end, Tarumbwa was a menace, with youthful midfielder King Nadolo ensuring that there was always a constant supply.
Tarumbwa was on point in the 51st minute when Nadolo beat DeMbare skipper Augustine Mbara on the left and flighted a good cross which the defenders failed to read well.
Despite Dynamos’ attempts, Highlanders held on for a famous win.
Dynamos: A Mukandi, K Nyakasaka, S Linyama, A Mbara, S Linyama (R Kawondera, 65′), S Alimenda, W Mukanga (Opoku 83), M Mambare, G Murwira, R Mutuma (T Kudyaridzire, 74), T Chinyama
Highlanders: N Nyoni, W Chingodza, R Kutsanzira (B Kangwa 73′), K Nadolo, E Muzanenhamo, O Tarumbwa, F Chindungwe, T Ngulube, H Moyo, E Mudzingwa, S Munawa
Picture : Herald