|Monday, 21 May 2012 00:00|
Eddie Chikamhi Sports Reporter
Harare giants coasted to a nervy win over Chicken Inn in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at Rufaro yesterday.
Takesure Chinyama was always a threat to the visitors in the first half.
But Chicken Inn, playing with 10 men following the expulsion of their captain Herbert Dick in the first half, could count themselves unlucky to leave the pitch without a point after putting the hosts in a tight corner for most of the second half.
DeMbare consolidated their place on the log table with 16 points from seven games. Despite the win Dynamos coach Callisto Pasuwa was still not satisfied by his side’s showing.
“I know people will not understand it if I talk of fatigue. These guys have played lots of football inside a short period of time,” said Pasuwa.
But Martin Vengesai could have done better four minutes earlier when the ball fell on his feet after Derrick Kabwe had managed to keep it in play from Chinyama’s high cross.
Dynamos coach Pasuwa gave Zambian import Kabwe a starting place yesterday with Roderick Mutuma, who appeared out of sorts, coming on as a 54th minute substitute. DeMbare came close in the 33rd minute when Chinyama won a free kick just outside the box but Mukamba’s volley was tipped over the crossbar from a well-rehearsed set piece.
Chicken Inn were reduced to 10 men when Dick was shown a red card by referee Batsirayi Muchenje after pulling the goal-bound Chinyama’s shirt in the 36th minute.
DeMbare made the most of their numerical advantage up to the half time break and could have got their second goal in the 44th minute following a delightful display of skill by Chinyama and Mutuma.
The big striker responded with a deft touch past defender Moses Jackson and then left the keeper Nyoni for dead while laying the ball for Vengesai whose shot was scrambled out andChicken Inn defenders cleared their lines.
But Chicken Inn refused to throw in the towel and were the more offensive side for the most part of the last half. DeMbare played the last 20 minutes of the game crippled at the back following the injury to their centreback Partson Jaure when they had exhausted their substitutes.
The visitors continued to pile on the pressure powered by their substitutes Lineance Mpofu, Thabani Goredema and Thomas Chimenya as Dynamos held on to dear life under siege. They defended resolutely to deny Chicken Inn a comeback.
“We are very disappointed with the result. Three losses on a row are not good. But then I think we did well in the second half with 10 men although we had struggled in the first. We were forced to make tactical changes following that red card and we played well with 10 men. If we had played like that with an equal number of players on the field maybe we could have at least forced a draw,” said Ndlovu.