Dynamos progress in Champions League
By Edward Marange
Zimbabwean football giants Dynamos FC just did enough in losing 1-0 to Gaborone United of Botswana to book their place in the group stages of the African Champions League on Saturday. The Harare giants had the comfortable cushion of a 4-1 win over the same opponents in the first leg two weeks ago and only needed to put up a solid defensive display to book their ticket to the next stage 4-2 on aggregate.
Gaborone United meant business from the first whistle and their striker Mandla Magdala tested Dynamos keeper Washington Arubi as early as the 5th minute with a speculative shot. With Dynamos employing a very defensive 4-5-1 formation it was left to their keeper Arubi to keep out the hosts from scoring.
Winger Benjamin Marere could have scored for Dembare in the 17th minute but spurned the chance. Farai Vimisayi was next to miss the target on 32 minutes after beating a United defender. The first half ended deadlocked but things changed in the second half on 84 minutes when United midfielder Nato headed home from a free kick.