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Dynamos lift Heroes Day trophy

RODRECK Mutuma rose from the bench to score twice including a penalty winner as Dynamos beat a Defence Forces Select side to lift the Defence Forces trophy.
DeMbare claimed their first silverware of the season in a dramatic penalty shoot-out before a heaving National Sports Stadium on Tuesday with the premiership side fielding mostly fringe players.
After a dull first half in which they struggled for fluency and missed a headed opportunity five minutes into the match after Farai Mupasiri’s header off a corner by Kudzanai Nyakasaka was cleared from the lines, Dynamos came into the second half a rejuvenated side.
The Defence Forces Select side, under the guidance of Chapungu coach John Nyikadzino, featured players from Chapungu, Black Rhinos and Buffaloes.
But they hardly troubled Dynamos in the first half only to up their game in the second half in which both teams created chances.
However, Tonderai Ndiraya – now in charge of Dynamos after taking over from David Mandigora – made several changes.
He brought on veteran striker Takesure Chinyama who replaced Eric Opoku in the 65th minute while goalkeeper Tatenda Mukuruva also came in for Tonderai Mateyaunga on 78 minutes as the match appeared headed for the penalty shoot-out.
Nyikadzino also made a double substitution pulling out Patrick Khumbula for Rodwell Mhlanga and Jacob Muzokomba for Martin Mine.
Ndiraya then responded by introducing Mutuma for  Kelvin Bulaji and it paid off as Mutuma had the ball in the back of the nets at the stroke of full time, drilling a low shot from a headed pass by Chinyama.
But Tinei Chitora levelled matters in referee’s optional time from the penalty spot after referee Pedzisai Chadya adjudged that a Dynamos player had handled inside the box thus forcing the match into the dreaded penalty shoot-out.
Dynamos won the penalty showdown 4-2 with Augustine Mbara, Takesure Chinyama, Sidney Linyama and Rodreck Mutuma converting their spot kicks while Kelvin Bulaji missed.
The Defence Forces Select side scored through Brighton Chandisaita and Hillary Mugoniwa while Allan Tavarwisa and Tinei Chitora missed theirs.
The Harare giants pocketed $9,000 for their efforts while the Defence Forces side got $7,000.Advertisement