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Kiglon upstage Dynamos

[Posted 28 Mar 2011]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Dynamo lost  a PSL tie to a better organised Kiglon at Rufaro on Sunday afternoon

Against all expectations, little Kiglon returned from pre-season to cement their status as Dynamos' nemesis by stunning their more illustrious opponents 1-0 away from home at Rufaro Stadium, to register their first win in their first match of the season.

Striker William Munonda delivered the killer punch to DeMbare in the 69th minute in an otherwise suprisingly balanced affair at Rufaro Stadium on a Sunday afternoon.

Missing four players who were in Mali on national duty, Dynamos were confident enough to fulfill their Premier Soccer League fixture, and they were punished for that decision by a Kiglon side under Rodwell Dhlakama, who appeared ready to surprise the Boys' in Blue.

Dynamos were missing their talismen Denver Mukamba and Archieford Gutu, key defender Guthrie Zhokinyu and in-form keeper Washington Arubi. Under normal circumstances, Dynamos had a right to ask for a postponement of the match.

But DeMbare thought they could repeat their NetOne Charity shield act against champions Motor Action two weeks ago and once again demonstrate their squad depth. But it was not to be against little Kiglon.

Dynamos were  not completely outplayed though in yesterday's affair. They had their own chances in the first half. Tawanda Muparati and Farai Vimisayi came close to scoring in the first 20 minutes, but were gilt of missing gilt-edged chances.

Vimisayi attempted to make amends in the 38th minute, but found Kiglon keeper Stephen Chimusoro equal to the challenge, tipping his shot over the cross bar.

Kiglon came more into the picture in the second half, where they matched DeMbare pound for pound, as play switched from side to side immaculately. Dynamos threatened to score first early on in the 47th minute, but striker Rodrick Mutume's effort went wide.

It was Kiglon however who stole the lead  in the 69th minute through a Munonda strike to seperate the two sides.

Dhlakama's boys were to hold on to their famous win of the season, and end Dynamos' 8-match pre-season unbeaten run under new coach Lloyd Mutasa.

That Kiglon has beaten a side that overan MC Algiers in a CAF Champions League match only last week, brings this victory into better perspective.

Mutasa conceded after the match that his side was not at its usual best.

"We did not create chances as we have been doing in our last matches. When you don't create chances you don't score.

“But it’s still early to write us off in the race. This defeat will only help us to push for a good run in this campaign,"  Mutasa told journalists in a post-match interview.

It is a fact, only the unschooled can write Dynamos off as early as the first match of the season. This team has the potential to win many titles this season, including the PSL title.

Only time will tell if they will eventually win the title that eluded them last season, but there is everything which points towards such potential.

But credit should go to Kiglon for a well organised assault on the giants and for derailing their championship plans.

   

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