The Sunday News
Mehluli Sibanda, Senior Sports Reporter
Bulawayo City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (0) 1
Dynamos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (1) 2
BULAWAYO City coach Bekithemba Ndlovu was left wondering what he has to do in order to record his first win in the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League after his side went down to Dynamos at Barbourfields yesterday to leave the former Highlanders skipper still to pick up maximum points since he was thrust into the hot seat last month.
Amakhosi have lost six matches in a row with five of those defeats suffered under Ndlovu’s mentorship since he took over from Amini Soma-Phiri who was fired in July.
City finished the match with 10 players on the park, midfielder Sipho Ndlovu given a straight red card by referee Thabani Bhamala towards the end of the first half. Sipho Ndlovu gave Bhamala no option but to send him off when he kicked Dynamos skipper Ocean Mushure in the mouth karate style.
Dynamos secured the three points with goals from Quality Kangadzi and Denver Mukamba while Crispen Ncube struck for City who piled on the pressure after that goal but could not find an equaliser.
The Bulawayo City coach was pleased with his team’s display, especially in the second half but was left distraught with the failure to collect maximum points.
“The performance of the team is very good but it’s an everyday song, very good performance but not winning. We will still try our best to win games but performance wise I don’t falter the boys, my boys are fighting, they want a win but it’s not coming our way, we will try our best in the next game,’’ Ndlovu said.
Amakhosi remain second from bottom with just 15 points picked from four wins and three draws. They have tasted defeat 18 times this season.
Dynamos coach Lloyd Mutasa was delighted with his team securing a win despite the shoddy preparations which saw them not having any proper training session ahead of their trip to Bulawayo. With the win, Dynamos moved to 29 points.
“A week which was full of drama, a week where the youngsters did not turn up in terms of training, you only do loosening before you travel to Bulawayo and then come for a match. We say thumbs up to the youngsters, we collected three points under bad preparations,’’ said Mutasa.
Dynamos were the better team in the first half, with the Glamour Boys taking the lead through Kangadzi who rifled in a Mushure free kick taken from outside the box.
Mukamba doubled DeMbare’s lead five minutes after the break, Kudakwashe Kumwala doing well to get past Zephania Ngodzo, get into the box and laid the ball for the Prodigal Son to get the second goal.
Bulawayo City got their consolation goal with 30 minutes to go. The home team was awarded a free kick outside the box when Jimmy Tigere pushed Toto Banda. Ncube fired the ball past Simbarashe Chinana and from then City completely dominated but their pressure failed to produce a goal with Dynamos holding for a precious three points.
Bulawayo City: M Diya, T Banda, C Samakweri (January 46 mins), Z Ngodzo, H Ncube, N Ndlovu (Nyathi 37 mins), B Phiri, C Ncube, S Ndlovu, T Tavengwa, B Phiri, I Kutsanzira (Ndlovu 79 mins)
Dynamos: S Chinani, P Makaha, O Mushure, P Dube, J Tigere, J Marufu(Moyo 69 mins), G Saunyama, M Mukumba (Macheke 79 mins), K Kumwala, Q Kangadzi (Amidu 86 mins), D Mukamba