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Lucky Dynamos win Mbada Diamonds Cup

[Posted 28 Nov 2011]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Lucky Dynamos win Mbada Diamonds Cup

Dynamos Football Club, new Zimbabwe league champions, spiced up their season by clinching the coveted richest knockout tournament in the land, Mbada Diamonds Cup and thereby completing the league and couple double in a cinderella fashion on Sunday afternoon, when they beat Motor Action 1-0. at the National Sports Stadium.

Motor Action clearly dominated the match, and when everyone thought the Mighty Bulls would convert their dominant ball possession to a goal at least, it was man of the moment Rodrick Mutuma who stole the winner for deMbare in the 79th minute.

In a match that was twice interrupted by rain, Motor Action looked very threatening and in the first half, Passmore Bernard's diving header forced Washington Arubi to make a great save.

Three minutes after resumption  Masimba Mambare broke free but somehow shot wide when it looked easier to score.

The Mighty Bulls' rampage continued in the second half and on 61 minutes, Gift Phiri looked in disbielief as Arubi again came to the league champions' rescue with a top drawer save.

Dynamos, after weathering the Bulls storm for much of the match, then capitalised on their only clear chance which came on 79 minutes.

Goal poacher Mutuma showed real killer instinct by pouncing on a Denver Mukamba shot which was uncharacteristically spilled by veteran Motor Action keeper Marlon Jani, and from close range, a striker of Mutuma's calibre could not miss.

Mutuma, buoyed by his goal, then came close to adding a second goal in the 82nd minute but his effort crashed against the woodwork.

The loss was a cruel way of losing for the Bulls, but champions material like Dynamos have mastered the art of winning matches even on their off-days by defending resolutely and converting half chances which come their way. That was deMbare's story on Sunday.

For their victory, Dynamos collected a cheque of US$75 000, and the priviledge of getting a $150 000 sponsorship for taking part in the CAF Confederation Cup should they prefer that tournament to the more lucrative (in terms of prize money and status) Champions League.

Motor Action picked up $50 000 for their efforts.

Meanwhile, Allan Gahadzikwa was voted Man-of-the tournament for a sterling role he played in guiding the Bulls to the final, and walked away with $1 500.

Mutuma was awarded $500 for scoring the final goal of the tournament, something unheard of in Zimbabwe football before. Arubi was voted goalkeeper of the tournament and received $1 000 for keeping four clean sheets up to the final.  


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