OCEAN Mushure scored the only goal of the match for Dynamos to see off Yadah FC 1-0 in a Castle Lager Premiership tie played at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday.
Mushure missed the 0-1 defeat to How Mine on Thursday as he was nursing an ankle injury, but on his return, the Dynamos skipper led by example scoring from a free kick near the penalty area on 34 minutes.
The goal sent the predominantly Dynamos faithful into delirium. This was Yadah’s first defeat in the matches they have played in the campaign thus far.
Crucially for Dynamos, the victory, their second in as many matches, is a confidence booster ahead of the Harare derby against bitter city rivals Caps United in the next match.
Dynamos were the dominant side in the first half and Mushure, had earlier missed another opportunity from a free kick on nine minutes, following a foul on Tichaona Chipunza.
Lanky striker Tawanda Macheke wasted a headed opportunity from a wonderful delivery by Pakamani Dube.
Yadah FC coach Jairos Tapera, seeking an equaliser, pulled out Tatenda Dzumbunu bringing on Wellington Kamudyariwa at the stroke of the first half.
However, it appeared as though Dynamos would double their lead as they pressed forward. Macheke had his powerful header tipped over by the goalkeeper on 56 minutes.
Dynamos coach Lloyd Mutasa however, took a gamble when he substituted Mukamba who also had a good game on his return from injury, throwing in Cleophas Kapupurika on 57 minutes.
As the match progressed, Yadah FC launched some dangerous raids in their opponents’ goal and could have equalised on 61 minutes but Brian Chikwenya’s speculative shot was kept out by goalkeeper Tonderai Mateyaunga.
Mutasa hauled off Quality Kangadzi on 76 minutes, replacing him with his son Wisdom as he sought for the insurance goal. It was Yadah FC instead who threatened with substitutes Leeroy Murape and Manuel Meleka a constant threat in the Dynamos goal area.
The Glamour Boys however held on to the lead to ensure they collected maximum points. Mutasa was naturally pleased with the result.
“I think we atoned for the defeat to How Mine in midweek. The boys gave it a fight and were equal to the task against an equally good side. Two days are never the same and I think Jairos knew one day he will be defeated,” said Mutasa referring to the Yadah FC coach who had gone on an unbeaten run.Advertisement
“I think we lost in the name of the gamewe tasted a win, we tasted a draw and obviously today we tasted a defeat. And it’s important for us to say this is what we have and we need to move forward. I think in terms of the game it was great game.
“Dynamos were better and in the second half I think we were much better. We could have got at least two goals and our defence was solid. We only conceded a free kick which I think we could.
“As a coach, you would want to maintain what you have but that’s the nature of the game, you win and lose,” said Tapera.