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PSL Wrap: Dynamos in Derby Delight as Highlanders edge Hwange to go top 

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By Darlington Gatsi


IT is a derby that had all the tasty ingredients.  It is a Derby that lived up to expectations with the green and blue half of Harare coming to the party.

Even blemishes by ZRP and CAPS United officials manning the turnstiles could not diminish the electrifying atmosphere at the National Sports Stadium.

Fifteen minutes into the much-hyped Harare Derby supporters were still stuck outside the stadium in a big let-down to the showdown.

However, this did not take away the beauty of football with Dynamos asserting themselves in the first half.

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They were duly rewarded with a Donald Mudadi goal after some brilliant work on the right channel by Tendai Matindife.

This sparked a stroke of confidence from Dynamos who came into the encounter on the back of a loss in the hands of Bulawayo Chiefs.

A few minutes later they doubled their lead courtesy of Jayden Bakare’s goal.

Speaking after the game Dynamos coach Herbert Maruwa was a relieved man after a turbulent week.

“It was a good result. Like I said we were not under pressure. We have a good team with youngsters coming up so basically, we need patience,” an elated Maruwa said.

“I give credit to the midfield. The youngsters Junior (Makunike), Tanaka (Shandirwa) and Donald (Mudadi) managed to contain the more experienced guys of CAPS United.”

Dynamos exhibited hunger probably to atone for their mediocre performance the previous week against Bulawayo Chiefs.

Their nemesis CAPS United, who suffered their first defeat this season, came into the second half looking for an equaliser.

However, that could not be as a combination of a tactical blunder by coach Lloyd Chitembwe and a red card to Innocent Zambezi worked against them.

“It was one kind of a game. I thought we lost it in the first half, and I thought we lost so many duels in the first half.

“I am quite impressed when we rebuilt in the second half. We tried to change a few things a bit and it gave us some impetus going forward,” said Chitembwe.

In other matches played, Highlanders needed a second-half solitary strike from Washington Navhaya to defeat PSL returnees Hwange at Barbourfields Stadium.

The result moves Highlanders top of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League log standings for the first time this season with 14 points, one point ahead of Ngezi Platinum Stars.

Chicken Inn shared spoils with Triangle after a one-all draw at Gibbo Stadium while Sheasham recorded their first win since their promotion to the top tier league after beating struggling Cranborne Bullets 2-1 at Baobab stadium.

Castle Lager Premier Soccer League matchday seven results

Sunday: Caps United 0-2 Dynamos, Highlanders 1-0 Hwange, Triangle 1-1 Chicken Inn, Cranborne Bullets 1-2 Sheasham

Saturday: Manica Diamonds 4-0 Black Rhinos, Ngezi Platinum 5-1 ZPC Kariba, Bulawayo Chiefs 2-1 Yadah

Monday: Herentals v FC Platinum (National Sports Stadium)

 

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