Dynamos DeMbare want to do the double
By Augustine Hwata
Dynamos made a bold statement of their intentions to win the Double on a weekend when Moses Chunga exploded in rage after his youthful Gunners’ dreams of Cup glory were ended in controversial circumstances at the Colliery.
The Glamour Boys made it clear that they will not give anything to rivals FC Platinum, without a big fight, after outclassing Shooting Stars in Zvishavane to qualify for the semi-finals of the Mbada Diamonds Cup.
The platinum miners ended a two-game losing streak to Gunners, who beat them home and away in the Castle Lager Premiership, to edge Chunga’s men 6-5 on penalties after their quarter-final battle had ended in a 1-1 draw.
Now an epic semi-final battle is on the cards as the two teams, with the biggest chance to win the league, are now destined to meet in the semi-finals of the premier knockout tournament in the country.
FC Platinum have a one point lead over Dynamos in the league race which still has four games to go. Gunners’ coach Chunga was still fuming yesterday saying his team was elbowed out of the Mbada Diamonds Cup by match officials who were hostile to their cause.
Chunga was sent off at the Colliery for disputing the Bulawayo referee’s calls, especially his decision not to expel FC Platinum captain Zephania Ngodzo for a professional foul.
“There is no question that the referee was hostile to us and it’s a shame because it’s the youngsters, whom I feel were set to win this tournament, who suffer at the end,” said Chunga.
“The more that deserving players win, the more that we inspire them to do even better the next time because we are boosting their confidence. But when you are frustrating the same players, simply because they are playing for the wrong team, then we are losing the plot.”
Ironically, Gunners also felt the referees were against them when they beat FC Platinum 2-1 in a league match at Lafarge.
“If you felt the refereeing then was bad, then you needed to be in Hwange and you could have seen something that is difficult to explain,” said Chunga.
“Our ‘keeper was injured and played was stopped for seven minutes and, if you add that to the other stoppages, we could have had roughly about nine or so minutes of added time. We only got two because I felt it was because we were the more offensive side then.”
DeMbare assistant coach Tonderai Ndiraya said they were determined to end the season with the two trophies. “We are now firmly chasing the double with FC Platinum and if we beat them in the cup semi-final then we would have boosted our chances of beating them again in the league.
“But even if we lose to them in the cup, it does not mean that we will still lose the league game. While we are looking at FC Platinum as the team to beat, we are still treating all the teams with respect.
“It’s only that FC Platinum are at the top and we have to capitalise on their mistakes to take the lead,” said Ndiraya.
Ndiraya, who is the spokesman of the technical team, was happy that his side managed to beat Shooting Stars 3-0 through goals from Tawanda Muparati, Rodrick Mutuma and Denver Mukamba who scored from the penalty spot.
Dynamos are set to play Hwange away at the Colliery in the next round of the league and Ndiraya is still taking a cautious approach despite his determination to win both the league and cup titles.
“If given a choice between the league and cup, I will say that we want to win both. All the teams right now are going to be difficult to beat and the next match is away in Hwange.
“FC Platinum are at the top so they are the best team but we have to beat the best also,” said Ndiraya. The Dynamos assistant coach said they will try to remain focused and take each game as it comes.
While both Dynamos and FC Platinum are eyeing a double, there is still hope for Motor Action to ghost in. Motor Action will play Zimbabwe Saints in the other semi-final. Chikwata, with the relegation axe hovering above their heads, appear to be reserving their best for the rich pickings in the cup.
Saints sent Kiglon tumbling after winning 9-8 on penalties at Chishamiso in Chiredzi. The Might Bulls, who have so far bagged the BancABC Sup8r, had Issac Masame’s solitary goal to thank for their win over Blue Ribbon at Torwood on Sunday.