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Dynamos in Chibuku last four as Mukuruva sees Platinum off

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FC Platinum 0-0 Dynamos (Dynamos won 7-6 on penalties)
TATENDA Mukuruva was the hero for Dynamos on Sunday at the National Sports Stadium, saving two penalties in the dreaded shootout and scored one as they knocked out defending champions FC Platinum in a Chibuku Super Cup quarterfinal match.
Dynamos will now face Chapungu, who edged Chicken Inn 5-3 on penalties on Saturday at the same venue.
The match had ended in 0-0 draw.
Winston Mhango scored first for Platinum before Mukuruva saved substitute Wellington Kamudyariwa’s soft kick.
Kelvin Moyo, Stephen Sibanda and Simon Shoko also converted their spot kicks for the Zvishavane side.
For Dynamos, Ocean Mushure, Godknows Murwira, Takesure Chinyama and Roderick Mutuma were on target while Ronald Chitiyo had his spot kick saved by Platinum keeper Petros Mhari.
Then it was 4-4 and the shoot-out continued in the sudden death.
Obrey Chirwa hit the target for Platinum while Mukuruva converted for the Harare side before Elvis Moyo made it 6-5 for the visitors.
Masimba Mambare, who had played just two minutes of added time after coming in as a substitute, made it 6-6.
Then Mukuruva saved Ian Nekati’s effort and the celebrations before the final spot kick told the story of a confident side.
Obey Mwerahari then hit the nets to give Dynamos a 7-6 win.
Tonderai Ndiraya, the Dynamos coach who saw his side thumped 3-1 in a league match last Saturday, was a hugely relieved man.
“I had confidence in my boys and Tatenda and after we lost last week, we came back and went through our mistakes.
“We knew Platinum were going to come to us and we worked hard on the defence as I had complained last time about our defending,” Ndiraya said.
He added: “I think we could have won the match during normal time, we had some chances here and there, especially in the second half, but we could not convert.
“But all the same, I am happy we are in the semi-finals and our aim is to go all the way.
“We know Chapungu are not going to be an easy side, they knocked out the defending champions, so we will be ready for them.”
The Premier Soccer League has not set the dates for the last four, but they are also likely to be a double header at Nyamhunga Stadium in Kariba as the sponsors aim to spread the game across the country.Advertisement

Semi-final draw
Chapungu vs Dynamos, ZPC Kariba vs Harare City