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27/10/2014 00:00:00
by Sports Reporters
 
 
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DYNAMOS came back from a goal down to earn a vital point against bogey side Chapungu in a 1-1 draw of the Castle Lager Premiership tie at Rufaro on Sunday.

Former South Africa based striker Simba Sithole, who was returning to action having suffered a threatening injury two months back, rescued the champions from the jaws of defeat by netting a brilliant volley which kept his side on top of the league table after ZPC Kariba suffered a 1-0 defeat to FC Platinum on Saturday.

Sithole replaced Walter Mukanga at the start of the second half and did not waste time putting the ball behind the nets with a stunning volley on 47 minutes after he was set up by Chitiyo.

Chapungu had gone into the lead in the first half courtesy of veteran former Dynamos striker Philip Marufu.

The Chapungu striker bagged the ball home on 41 minutes from the acutest of angles after connecting a cross from Talent Mwale.

Dynamos have now finished the season without beating the air men this term having been defeated 1-0 defeat in the reverse fixture at Ascot Stadium.

However, it was a big step towards their bid to land the championship as they opened a one point lead at the top of the league table after ZPC Kariba stumbled following a 1-0 defeat to FC Platinum on Saturday.

Dynamos still lead the standings with 50 points with second placed ZPC Kariba still on 47 points.

Chapungu however, are still to register a win away from home.

Chapungu coach John Nyikadzino was however, happy with his charges’ performance.

“I am happy with the point we picked but we could won the match 1-0. Our game plan was to keep possession and try to hit them on counter attacks but went to sleep in the second half. We were let down by complacency,” said Nyikadzino.

Pasuwa said he was also happy to collect a point.

“Of course I am happy to collect a point but in the first 45 minutes we were asleep,” said the coach.

“We were second to the ball. Ronald dropped deep in midfield because our two wing backs were going forward so we had to congest the midfield. But the championship race is still wide open.”

Triangle down Caps United
 

Pre-match clashes with fans affected players ... Caps United coach Taurai Mangwiro

AFTER arriving at midnight in Triangle, Caps United found no favours from the hosts who beat them 2-1 at Gibbo Stadium on Sunday after the Green Machine had been subjected to abuse by their own fans.



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The Caps players had refused to travel to the Lowveld claiming that they had not been paid their salaries and winning allowances and only left Harare at 2100hrs on Saturday night.

On arrival at the stadium, they were met by angry fans who pelted them with water bottles-an issue that coach Taurai Mangwiro said affected their performance on the pitch.

“That affected us and it’s uncalled for. By the time the players got onto the field they had already been disturbed and there was no way they could have performed to their maximum. We led 1-0 at halftime, and we could have defended the lead,” Mangwiro said.

The loss saw Caps remain in third place with 45 points as they failed to take advantage of ZPC Kariba’s 2-0 loss to FC Platinum on Saturday and Dynamos’ 1-1 draw against Chapungu. ZPC are still second on 47 and Dynamos are on 50 points.

Triangle defender Jimmy Tigere sliced past his own keeper on the half hour to give Caps the lead. But the hosts were level on the hour when Ronald Mudimu converted from the spot after Tendai Samanja had handled inside the box.

It was 2-1 in the 70th minute when Courage Denias slotted past Tafadzwa Dube for what proved to be the winner for Triangle.

Triangle though remained in 13th place with 30 points from 26 matches.

At Sakubva, Buffaloes beat Chibuku Super Cup finalists Harare City 3-2.

City raced into the lead in the 15th minute through James Jam only for Admire Dzumbunu to make it 1-1 five minutes later.

Jacob Muzokomba then put Buffaloes ahead in the 65th minute before Osborne Mukuradare made it 2-2 with 12 minutes to play.

And it seemed the points would be shared until Lloyd Katongomara struck at the death to give the Moses Chunga’s men maximum points.





 
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