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CASLTE Lager Premier Soccer League champions Dynamos put one hand on the Bob 89 Super Cup following their victory over perennial rivals Highlanders in the first leg of the final played at Barbourfields Stadium yesterday.
The game was, however, marred by the violence that broke out after the final whistle. Police had to fire teargas canisters after the sporadic scenes of violence erupted. Highlanders supporters were attacking their Dembare rivals. There were reports that some people were injured while cars were also damaged in the violence.
Dembare captain Tawanda Muparati who had a brilliant game put the Harare club ahead on the half-hour mark with a left foot shot from the edge of the box after turning his marker twice.
The goal was Dynamos' first attempt at goal having played second fiddle to Highlanders who had dominated for the better part of the first half but failed to turn their dominance into goals.
Former Black Mambas striker Patrick Khumbula made it two for Dynamos in the 33rd minute when he beat Highlanders goalkeeper Ariel Sibanda point blank after being sent through by Muparati who had quickly taken a free kick in Dembare's half.
Two minutes later, Highlanders' striker Beaven Chikaka pulled one back for the Bulawayo giants heading home a Bruce Kangwa seemingly harmless cross from the left to give Bosso's supporters hope and shutting Dembare hopefuls' mouths.
Highlanders' gaffer Kelvin Kaindu conceded defeat to Dynamos but was not amused with the referee's officiating.
Burly referee Mlindeli Ndebele was at his usual best in terms of incompetence with Kaindu saying another official could have handled the game much better.
"Dynamos got two chances and they made the most out of them. To me, honestly, I have never complained about the referee but if you look at the goals that Dynamos scored the referee had a hand in them because he made some errors, which cost us big time. The fouls he gave away were suspicious and as my players were trying to retreat and recover, Dynamos caught us on a break," said Kaindu.
Highlanders dominated the Harare giants from the first whistle showing their intentions to win and forcing a corner in the first minute when defender Patson Jaure cleared to safety a defence splitting pass from Chikaka after Graham Ncube had sent him through.
The first 30 minutes clearly belonged to Highlanders as Dynamos were forced into their own half with Stephen Alimenda and Devon Chafa playing second fiddle to Highlanders' midfielders in the middle of the park.
Dembare skipper Muparati was assigned to keep a close eye on last season's Soccer Star of the Year runner-up Masimba Mambare.
In the 13th minute, Ndebele should have given Gift Bello of Dynamos a red card after the Dembare defender intentionally handled a through ball to Chikaka as the last man. But when everyone at the stadium, including Dembare faithfuls were expecting to see a red card, Ndebele chose to do the unthinkable, probably for his own cause and flashed a yellow card. It was to be the first of his monumental blunders.
Six minutes later, Peter Moyo forced Dynamos' goalkeeper George Chigova to come out of his line and clear his defence splitting pass intended for Ncube.
By then, it was clear that Dynamos wanted to catch Highlanders on counter attacks as they laid back and waited for Bosso to come at them.
Twice before the half hour mark Bello sent long passes to Khumbula who was caught offside.
"They pressed us in midfield in the first half and I am glad that my players defended well. We wanted to get them on the break but Boban Zirintusa failed to come to the party maybe because he was overwhelmed by the occasion. We have to work on our defence and I believe togetherness will make Dynamos stronger,” said Dynamos' coach Callisto Pasuwa.
In the second half Lawson Nkomo should have equalised for Highlanders in the 50th minute but his curler from outside the box missed the target by inches.
Khumbula also miscued for Dynamos in the 59th minute as he tried to connect an Ocean Mushure free kick from the right.
Highlanders had another chance that went begging in the 69th minute when gangly defender Dumisani Ndlovu headed wide a Kangwa corner unmarked in the box. It was Highlanders' best chance of the second half.
Dynamos fans sitting at the Mpilo end threw missiles at Ndebele late in the second half when he tried to give Dembare's keeper Chigova a yellow card for time wasting.
The Bob 89 Super Cup is part of celebrations to mark President Mugabe's birthday who turns 89 on 21 February. The second leg will be played at Rufaro Stadium in Harare on 24 February.
Highlanders: A Sibanda, L Nkomo, D Ndlovu, B Kangwa, I Mapuranga, M Maphosa (A Ndiweni, 79th minute), B Ncube (H Masuku, 46 minute), G Ncube (C Dube, 60th minute), P Moyo, B Chikaka, M Mambare)
Dynamos: G Chigova, D Chafa, G Bello, T Magorimbo, T Muparati, M Murape (C Sekete, 71st minute), P Jaure, O Mushure, S Alimenda, B Zirituntsa, P Khumbula (F Mupasiri, 78th minute)
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