DeMbare win

Sikhumbuzo Moyo Senior Sports Reporter
How Mine 0-1 Dynamos
AFTER putting up a top drawer performance throughout the match, How Mine defender Brighton Dube broke the hearts of his teammates when he directed the ball into his own nets to hand Dynamos maximum points at Barbourfields Stadium yesterday. With the match seemingly headed for a deserved draw, a long pass from the midfield saw Gilbert Banda hesitating to touch the ball only to see an alert Washington Phakamisa rushing for the ball and at the same time forcing impressive goalkeeper Donovan Bernard to move off his line in a bid to narrow the angle.

Phakamisa managed to beat the advancing Under-20 goalkeeper but his shot appeared not on target as the ball was moving across the face of goal and in a bid to clear, an on-rushing Dube directed his clearance to an empty net, two minutes before full time.

DeMbare win
The goal was even more painful for the gold miners as moments earlier, Morris Kadzola had been hacked inside the box by Themba Ndlovu but referee Philani Ncube who had a decent day in office, waved play on.

The match started on a blistering pace, largely due to the high levels of fitness from both sides as the two teams have been in action on the continent.

In the 14th minute Simba Sithole was yellow-carded by referee Ncube for simulation after a well timed tackle by Nyasha Mukumbi inside the box.

A minute later How Mine’s James Chitereki made a beautiful body swerve from a Brighton pass before letting loose a full bloodied shot which however went over the bar.

DeMbare were always deadly in attack, especially when pintsized Ronald Chitiyo was in possession. The former Monomotapa talisman was slicing past the How Mine players like hot knife through butter.

The only way that one could disposess him was through fouling him, like what Mernard Mupera did in the 25th minute.
DeMbare almost stole the lead in the 26th minute when Patrick Khumbula shrugged off a challenge but his shot was saved by Bernard, no doubt a future senior national team player.

The home side could also have taken a lead, 10 minutes before the breather but Thembani Masuku shot wide with only Chigova to beat. In fact it was easier to score than miss.
The first half ended with the two teams tied nil all.

There was however an ugly incident moments after the referee blew for halftime when Bernard was struck with a missile thrown from the Mpilo End, occupied by Dynamos fans. The boy sustained a cut just below the eye.

In the second half, Ncube brought in Benjamin Marere for Godfrey Nguwodzawo while in the 61st minute, spectators witnessed the return of Devon Chafa from his six months suspension by Fifa after he failed a drug test last year. Chafa came in for Walter Mukanga.

There was little action save for few moments of dominance by How Mine and with the match seemingly headed for a draw, disaster struck for the gold miners with just two minutes to go.

“We lost, there is nothing we could do about it. We created a number of chances but failed to score and Dynamos punished us,” said How Mine assistant coach Isheunesu Chaka.

An elated Callisto Pasuwa said they rode on luck as the match was a game of chances.
“We knew that the match was going to be tough and therefore came prepared. The pace of the match was fast and I believe it was a game of chances, ” said Pasuwa.

How Mine: D Bernard, M Kadzola, G Banda, B Dube, N Mukumbi, M Mupera, T Masuku, X Moyo, J Chitereki (H Masuku 72nd minute), K Musharu, G Nguwodzawo ( B Marere 51st minute)
Unused subs:G Magariro, F Chirinda, E Muzanenhamo, E Mandiranga

Dynamos: G Chigova, O Machapa, A Mbara, S Linyama, T Ndlovu, W Mukanga (D Chafa 61st minute), S Alimenda, R Chitiyo (C Sekete 74th minute), S Sithole, P Kumbula (W Pakamisa 74th minute)
Unused subs: T Rusike, V Kamhuka, B Moyo, A Mukandi.
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