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Dynamos boost morale with Bob 87 win over CAPS

[Posted 01 Mar 2011]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Dynamos and CAPS United

Dynamos won the Harare City bragging rights ahead of the new look Premier Soccer League season, boosted by the arrival of Delta Beverages as a sponsor for the next three years, by beating arch-rivals CAPS United 3-2 in a derby on Saturday at Rufaro Stadium to lift the Bob 87 Cup.

The Bob 87 Cup is a special cup designed to mark the the celebrations of an event which has come to be known in Zimbabwe as the 21st movement in commemoration of the birthday of the country's President Robert Mugabe.

Young midfielder Archieford Gutu who is enjoying a revived game at Dynamos, was the toast of the Glamour Boys, scoring twice either side of the game, first canceling CAPS' opener, and then providing the match winner later on in the game.

Evans Gwekwerere, who defected from the Boys in Blue at the end of last season to join bitter rivals CAPS, thrust the Green Machine into the lead in the 2nd minute, taking full advantage of a defensive error in the process.

Gutu, who recently returned from an unsuccesful CHAN trip in Sudan with the Warriors, equalised for Dynamos in the 23rd minute.

The goal was a culmination of good team work from Dembare, who, despite being a goal down, knocked the ball around superbly and new striker Roderick Mutuma, plucked from Chinhoyi recently, showed why he is highly regarded at Dynamos.

Mutuma weaved past two defenders before setting-up Gutu to score past Edmore Sibanda in the 23rd minute. Before that, Mutuma had come close in the 17th minute, but this time Sibanda had done brilliantly to thwart his charge towards goal.

CAPS had their chances too, and Pride Tafirenyika was at the end of a brilliant build-up in the 28th minute, and his top drawer shot which angled for the top upright corner was saved brilliantly by Knowledge Jim in goals for Dynamos.

Makepekepe were undone by the expulsion of defender Arnold Chivheya in the 43rd minute when referee Ruzive Ruzive adjudged that he had unlawfully impeded on promising midfielder Denver Mukamba.

Mukamba was to later on benefit from Chivheya's expulsion when he put Dembare ahead after resumption, to give the Dynamos faithfuls hope of an early silverware.

Ever green keeper Sibanda, then produced his magic of last season, scoring a beauty from a free-kick to bring Kepe-kepe bhora on level terms.

The loss of a key defeder was always going to haunt Makepekepe, and Dynamos took full advantage when in the 84th minute, Gutu did well to beat a poorly conceived off-side trap by CAPS defenders to fire home the match winner for Dynamos.

Needless to say, the Dembare stand was excstatic as they sensed victory against their bitter rivals who did not seem to really recover from being a man down since the 43rd minute.

CAPS coach Moses Chunga lost an opportunity to be magnanimous in defeat, instead choosing to blame his team's loss on the sending off of Chivheya and accused the referee of allowing an "off-side" goal to stand.

 "This was our first game with most of our players and our performance was not up to scratch.

 " We played in flashes but I think the decision to send off Chivheya was too harsh on the part of the referee, " Chunga complained.

 "It was rather unwarranted and I also think the player who scored the third goal was clearly in an offside position but the referee let the goal stand," the former Warriors captain added.

Dynamos and CAPS United look like formidable sides capable of challenging for honours this season, given what looks like genuine quality in their squads.

After a mid-season loss of players like Nyasha Mushekwi, Lionel M'tizwa and Method Mwanjali to Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa, among many others, CAPS looked different during the second half of the season.

It won't be an exaggeration to say that the team, which had looked like genuine title contenders, struggled during th second half of last season.

With the acquisition of players like Clive Kawinga last season, and with this season's arrival of Charles Chiutsa, Simba Sithole, Stephen Matsangaise, Evans Gwekwerere and the returning Washington Pakamisa, with time, Chunga could build a team that could challenge for honours in a season or two's time.  


Dynamos: K. Jimu, D. Kutyauripo, T. Magorimbo, G. Bello, G. Magariro, D. Chafa, N. Alifandika (F. Vimisayi 60th min), T. Muparati, D. Mukamba (T. Mamvura 90th min), R. Mutuma (P. Kumbula 78th min), A. Gutu

Caps United: E. Sibanda, G. Mapemba, R. Sengu, A. Chivheya, E. Chafungamoyo, S. Matsangaise, P.Tafirenyika (N. Mukwezaramba 88th min), C. Chiutsa (W. Pakamisa 68th min), S. Sithole, C. Kawinga (S. Alimenda 46th min), E. Gwekwe-rere.


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