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ON the eve of this game, Callisto Pasuwa lost Washington Pakamisa, who was attending a family bereavement, and when Farai Mupasiri and Patrick Khumbula didn’t turn up for training on Wednesday, the Dynamos gaffer knew his trip to the Midlands for this Castle Lager Premiership tie would not be a stroll in the park.

His gamble was on that Tarzan would strike again but after the emotions of his brace in DeMbare colours against Harare City, and the publicity that followed, Pasuwa wasn’t sure if Anesu Gondo would have the mental strength to handle all that and find the goals again at Ascot.

Pasuwa eventually got hold of both Mupasiri and Khumbula and they made the trip to the Midlands but, just as he had feared, the goals didn’t come from his forwards as the champions slumped to their second straight defeat, against a team that wasn’t in the Premiership last year, in as many games against such opposition.

Talent Mwale’s 25th minute strike earned host Chapungu a superb victory over the Harare giants in this action-packed tie as an unpredictable championship race took another big twist yesterday with the champions surrendering pole position.

This was Waru Waru’s second win of the season and DeMbare’s second defeat of the season.

Chapungu, who are yet to lose at their Ascot fortress, scored the only goal that separated the two sides when Mwale got a flick header pass from veteran Calisto Maheya in the box before beating Dynamos goalkeeper George Chigova.

Dynamos could have grabbed an equaliser in the 31st minute but Tafadzwa Rusike’s free header went just wide after he connected a good cross from Oscar Machapa.

DeMbare, who struggled with their game in the first period having travelled from Harare on match day yesterday, were an improved side after the break when Pasuwa made a double substitution, bringing in Ronald “Rooney” Chitiyo and Khumbula for Oscar Machapa and Farai Mupasiri in the 48th minute.

The Harare giants got their best chance of the game in the 51st minute when Khumbula’s free header was cleared off the line by Chapungu’s Blessed Mbavarira after the forward had met a cross from Walter Mukanga.

Dynamos also failed to capitalise on a free-kick, from inside the area when the Chapungu ‘keeper was penalised for holding on to the ball longer, with Stephen Alimenda slamming his shot into the defensive wall.

The home side were reduced to 10-man in time added on when substitute Courage Mazire picked a red card, just a minute into optional time, for pushing Alimenda before Rodwell Mhlanga was sent off a minute later for a reckless and dangerous challenge on the same player.

Pasuwa said this was one of the worst matches played by his team.

“The way we played today was one of our worst performances this season outside Harare and we are going to go home and rectify our mistakes,” said Pasuwa, whose position remains shaky after he chose not to attend an emergency meeting with club chairman Kenny Mubaiwa on Wednesday preferring to prepare his team for this assignment.

“This was a major setback on our side. When we played Harare City we had one senior player upfront and it was helpful but today it seemed there was no guidance upfront due to the absence of a senior guy. We were also losing possession unnecessarily in the middle of the park and this cost us a lot.”

Chapungu gaffer, John Nyikadzino, said his side put up a superb performance. He, however, said the referee was too harsh when he showed Mhlanga a red card.

“We played well today and we showed no respect for Dynamos. However, I felt the decision by referee Thembinkosi Sibanda to send Mhlanga off was too harsh,” said Nyikadzino.

Chapungu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (1) 1

Dynamos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0

Teams:

Dynamos: G. Chigova, T. Magorimbo, A. Mbara, P. Jaure, T. Ndlovu, S. Alimenda, W. Mukanga (R. Madamombe 65th min), O. Machapa (R. Chitiyo 48th min), F. Mupasiri (P. Khumbula 48th min). A. Gondo, T. Rusike

Chapungu: U. Alexander, J. Mabugu (G. Phiri 67th min), C. Murisa, C. Kwaramba, B. Mbavarira, N. Murisa, M. Mavuto, T. Mwale, R. Mhalanga, C. Maheya, M. Manase.

Source : The Herald

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