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Dembare through

by Eddie Chikamhi
31 Mar 2014 at 05:41hrs | Views
Dynamos 0 - 0 Harare City
(Dynamos win 4-2 on penalties)
Dynamos coach Callisto Pasuwa says he was not entirely pleased by his side's performance yesterday as they needed a penalty lottery to brush aside Harare City in the Independence Cup semi-final soccer tie at Rufaro.

Dembare had to labour through the 90 minutes as their opponents threw everything back at them in a rather lukewarm match that was devoid of goals.

However, the Harare giants still managed to grind a result and set up a date in the final against FC Platinum on April 18.

The platinum miners, who won the Uhuru Cup in 2012, beat Highlanders on penalties at Barbourfields in another penalty shootout after the teams were deadlocked 0-0 in regulation time.

Just like in Bulawayo, there were no goals to celebrate at Rufaro during the regulation time despite some good scoring opportunities for both teams.

Everything was, however, settled through the penalties as Dynamos got it 100 percent from their four attempts while City, who were first to take the spot kicks, missed twice from the spot with James Jam and Misheck Mburayi the culprits.

Augustine Mbara, Ronald Chitiyo, Themba Ndlovu and Cliff Sekete were on target for Dynamos while Crispen Dickson and Maxwell Nyamupangedengu scored for the Sunshine Boys.

Jam, who is usually dependable from the spot, sent his effort wide with City's first penalty and Mburayi was denied by goalkeeper George Chigova who guessed correctly and dived to his left.

DeMbare are the holders of the cup after beating Highlanders last year in the final. Their coach Pasuwa was happy with the win, which he believes will boost their confidence ahead of the season which begins this week, but felt they would need to work harder to defend their league title.

Dynamos: G. Chigova, T. Magorimbo, A. Mbara, V. Kamhuka, T. Ndlovu, S. Alimenda, R. Chitiyo, W. Mukanga, M. Mambare (C. Sekete, 71st minute), O. Machapa (T. Mabvura, 74th minute), W. Pakamisa (P. Khumbula, 64th minute).

Harare City: M. Nyamupangedengu, M. Nyenye (D. Kutyauripo, 77th minute),  M. Kunyarimwe, A. Chivheya, C. Dickson, J. Jam, W. Manonfo (T. Chawapiwa, 62nd minute), N. Ziwini, A Murimba (M. Mburayi, 51st minute), M. Vengesai, P. Bamusi.

Source - The Herald