DYNAMOS’ bid for a top four finish remained on course after they dismissed visiting Mutare City in a Castle Lager Premiership at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday.
By Tafadzwa Ndiraire
With ZPC Kariba suffering a 3-1 defeat to Bulawayo City at Barbourfields, Dynamos eased into the top four with 43 points, two ahead ZPC Kariba. Only two matches are left before campaign comes to an end. Mutare City are still in second position from the bottom with 25 points.
Dynamos went into the lead after just four minutes through Rodreck Mutuma following a set up by Peace Makaha.
The visitors however didnt show any respect for their more illustrious opponents as they threatened with some fine raids. Stephen Sibanda came close forcing Dynamos goalkeeper Ashley Reyners into a save after 19 minutes.
A minute later Mutuma missed a headed opportunity which could have seen him doubling the lead.
However, Mutare City also had a good opportunity but Agrippa Murimba was guilty of a miss moments later with Dynamos goalkeeper Reyners blocking his effort following a set up by Gurure.
In the second half, Dynamos continued with their dominance and Bret Amidu had his effort saved by the keeper on 56 minutes.
Sibanda also forced Reyners into another save with a powerful shot on 65 minutes.
On 69 minutes, both coaches Taku Shariwa and Mutasa introduced a fresh pair of legs with the Mutare City coach throwing in Hibron Makukutu for Bright Majamanda while Mutasa introduced Mukandi for Mambare.
However, it was Mutasa’s tactical substitution which paid off as Mukandi latched on to a rebound after Mutuma’s header was parried away by the keeper, to drill a low shot to bag maximum points.
Mutasa was happy to collect maximum points and expressed confidence with two matches left they could finish in the top four.
“The last time we scored three, today we scored two and I think its positive for the team in terms of goals. There were times when Mutare City tried to get a goal from crosses using their height but we were equal to the task , we defended very well. I think the top four finish its something we have control over and if ZPC Kariba slips we will be up in the top four,” said Mutasa.
His counterpart Shariwa remains confident of surviving relegation. “Everyday we have to fight. We are separated by one point and its just two games so we have try and redeem ourselves in our next match against Harare City,” said Shariwa.
Teams: A Reyners, P Makaha, O Mushure, O Mwerahari, M Machazani, T Chipunza, D Mukamba, B Amidu, M Mambare, (D Mukanga 69), T Sadiki (V Ndaba 46), R Mutuma
Mutare City: V Twaliki, M Tapatapa, V Madamombe, E Sinamupata, M Sako, C Ngondonga, R Madamombe, K Gurure, B Majamanda, (H Makukutu 69), A Murimba, (F Muza 81) S Sibanda