After seven years, Dynamos’ dominance over Caps United is over. But still Dembare coach Paolo Jorge Silva maintains he is still in charge.
Caps United fans went wild after a 71st minute goal from Dominic Chungwa gave the Green Machine a 1-0 win over their bitter rivals Dynamos, ending a seven-year winless streak against their neighbors.
The Green Machine last beat Dembare in 2009 when Lloyd Chitembwe was the team’s coach and this time again Chitembwe is back in the Caps United driving seat and was delighted for breaking the jinx after many coaches have come and gone without success.
One of the Green Machine fans Paul Mhandire thinks the former Cup Kings deserved to win by a wide margin than the narrow 1-0 scoreline.
Both captain Method Mwanjali and Archieford Gutu, who are out on bail facing charges of attempted murder and malicious injury to property, featured in the Caps United line up and gave a good show.
Gutu says he never thought of what happened off the field last week after a talk with Chitembwe who helped him to concentrate on the task on the field of play.
It was a an exciting game that kept the fans on the edge of their seats as both teams played attractive football but missed chance after chance with Roderick Mutuma and Kudzanai Nyakasaka, the main culprits for Dynamos in a game which Dembare dominated.
The Glamour Boys had to finish the last minutes of the game without coach Paolo Jorge Silva who was given his marching orders for disputing referee Munyaradzi Majoni’s decisions.
However, Silva was full of praise for his charges for giving the fans a treat for their money and blamed missed chances for his team’s loss.
Although he was sitting on a three game must win ultimatum from the club leadership, Silva maintains that he is still in his job despite the loss to the Green Machine.
Club chairman Kenny Mubaiwa did not watch Sunday’s match and efforts today to get him to clarify Silva’s position were unsuccessful.
The win saw the Green Machine maintain their charge for the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League title with 10 points after four rounds of matches.
Caps United also benefitted greatly from the Dynamos win as their closest rivals Chicken Inn and Triangle, who were on equal seven points with the Green Machine before the weekend’s matches lost, their fixtures.
The Game Corks fell behind after a 1-0 loss at ZPC Kariba where Tineyi Chitora emerged the star of the show with the solitary goal that also saw ZPC Kariba move up the league table to sixth position.
There was also bad news for the Sugar Sugar Boys after former coach Kelvin Kaindu inflicted them with their first defeat of the season after Kaindu’s How Mine registered a 2-0 victory at Babourfields Stadium.
The much-talked about Bulawayo derby ended in a one-all stalemate after Bulawayo City came from behind to pick up a point off Highlanders.
However, there was a smile on the face of Harare City coach Taurayi Mangwiro after his side hammered Hwange 4-1.
The win was a relief for Mangwiro after the club leadership expressed their displeasure with the way results were coming after the Sunshine City Boys had earlier lost 2-1 to Caps United.
Chapungu and Tsholotsho Pirates settled for a one-all draw in a poorly attended game at Ascot Stadium. Chapungu are now in 11th position while Tsholotsho are in 10th place.
Now to rugby: Zimbabwe ended the 2016 Under 20 World Trophy as the worst team in the tournament after losing their last game 44-40 to Hong Kong at Harare Sports Club Sunday.
The Zimbabweans lost all their group matches and needed to win this game to finish seventh in the eight-team tournament but that was not to be as Hong Kong proved too superior for the Young Sables.
The two-week competition ended Sunday with Samoa claiming the championship after a 38-32 win over Spain in the final.
As a result, Samoa have qualified for the World Rugby Under 20 Championships to be held in Manchester, England, later this year.