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Dynamos edge City 4-2 on penalties to reach Uhuru Cup final
30/03/2014 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
Injured and taken off the field ... Masimba Mambare

DYNAMOS stormed into the final of the Independence Cup trophy after beating Harare City 4-2 on penalties in a pulsating semi-final tie at Rufaro on Sunday.

The match had ended goalless after 90 minutes of regulation time.

Cliff Sekete was the hero after scoring the winning penalty while Agustine Mbara, Ronald Chitiyo and Themba Ndlovu all converted their spot kicks.

Harare City midfielder James Jam failed to convert the team's first spot kick.

But Chrispen Dickson converted his while Misheck Mburayi had his kick saved by goalkeeper George Chigova.

City Goalkeeper Maxwell Nyamupanedengu did not make a mistake as he converted his spot kick.

Dynamos will now meet FC Platinum who also edged Bulawayo giants Highlanders in another semi-final tie at Barbourfields Stadium.

Celebration ... Dynamos players show their delight after the final whistle

Harare City coach Bigboy Mawiwi expressed disappointment with the outcome of the match.

"The match was 50-50 but we dominated play especially in the second half. We had four to five clear chances which we failed to put away and we got punished," said Mawiwi.

"I told the players during half time that the match was in their hands and they needed to bury their chances but they failed.

"There is nothing really you can do about penalties but overall I am happy with the performance. I have some youngsters in the team and they are gelling.

"The future is bright. Dynamos have been playing in the African Champions League and also some of their players were in the Chan squad so they were better in terms of fitness levels."

Dynamos coach Calisto Pasuwa said their early exit from the African Champions League gave them the resolve in the domestic matches.

"I think there was a motivating factor in the team. Being knocked out of the African Champions League motivated the players to pull out results in domestic competitions," said Pasuwa.

"Harare City dominated play in the second half but It's good for us because we did well in the penalty shoot-out. I think we still need to improve defensively as well as offensively."

Dynamos who are likely to be without Mambare in their opening league match after he was stretchered off in the 16th minute due to injury, will now meet FC Platinum who elbowed out Bulawayo giants Highlanders in another semi-final match at Barbourfields Stadium.


Action time ... Dynamos' Oscar Machapa being tackled by Arnold Chivheya of Harare City



Dynamos: G Chigova, T Magorimbo, A Mbara, M Mambare (16th C Sekete), W Pakamisa (P Khumbula 70th), O Machapa (T Mabvura 67th), V Kamhuka, R Chitiyo, T Ndolvu, W Mukanga

Harare City: M Nyamupanedengu, M Nyenye (D Kutyauripo 80th), M Kunyarimwe, A Chivheya, C Dickson, J Jam, W Manondo (T Chawapiwa 62nd), N Ziwini, A Murimba (M Mburayi 51st), M Vengesayi, P Bhamusi

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