DYNAMOS squeezed past a battling Black Rhinos to reach the semi-finals of the Chibuku Super Cup after grinding out a 1-0 victory in the final quarterfinal match at Baobab in Mhondoro-Ngezi Sunday.
The Harare giants lacked energy and were poor on the day, but despite a lacklustre performance they emerge from the tricky tie to reach the last four of the country’s premier cup competition.
A second-half header from returning seasoned defender Frank Mukarati was all that separated the two sides on the day; however, Dynamos’ dogged determination despite their disjointed performance was enough to see them through by the skin of their teeth.
The Glamour Boys join FC Platinum Stars and Ngezi Platinum Stars, who booked their spots in the last-four round of the competition on Saturday as well as new boys Cranborne Bullets, who beat Harare City 2-1 in extra time in the early kick-off match at the same venue on Sunday.
Dynamos admitted that he was not impressed with his team’s overall performance was, but relieved that they managed to secure an important win.
“I’m obviously happy with the result, but not too happy with the performance,” Ndiraya said after the match.
“We didn’t perform too well today but I think we have done the job which is the most important thing. I think we have been working very hard on the set pieces because we knew that sometimes they win you games and I think that’s what we’ve done today.
“We were not really fluid and compact as we have been in the past games, but I’m happy that despite all that we’ve managed to keep a clean sheet,” he said.
The match began on a sombre note after Dynamos assistant coach Gift “Umbro” Muzadzi reportedly collapsed at the Baobab Stadium before kick-off and was rushed to the hospital.
His condition could not be immediately ascertained.
When the match finally kicked off, it was Black Rhinos who dominated the pace in the early moments of the game, although they never threatened to breach the Dynamos defence.
The two teams struggled to create scoring opportunities, although Dynamos wasted a great chance inside the first 15 minutes when an unmarked Bill Antonio headed wide from a close range.
After a goalless first half, Dynamos soon found their way back into the game at the start of the second half and were duly rewarded with the only goal of the match in the 57th minute when Makarati headed home Godknows Murwira’s corner kick.
Dynamos went on to endure some anxious moments with their goalkeeper Timon Mvula being called upon to make a fine save late in the match. However, in the end, Ndiraya’s charges held on for a crucial win, which keeps their unbeaten record intact.
Chibuku Super Cup quarter-final results
Chicken Inn 1-2 Ngezi Platinum Stars,
Highlanders 0-1 FC Platinum (3pm)
Cranborne Bullets 1-1 Harare City (Cranborne win 2-1 after extra time),
Black Rhinos 0-1 1 Dynamos.