Dynamos continued with its good run in the build up to the start of the 2011 domestic premiership season with a 1-nil win over impressive Bulawayo giants, Highlanders in a Venture Challenge Cup encounter at Rufaro Stadium this afternoon.The match was the resumption of an old age rivalry between the two giants of domestic football.
When the game got underway, an intriguing duel ensued as Dynamos and Highlanders tried to outmuscle each other early on in a bid to grab the match by the scruff of the neck.
The Glamour Boys were however to stun Highlanders when they took the lead in the 8th minute through Denver Mukamba, who scored direct from a corner kick.
Instead of retreating into a shell as a result of the early setback, the goal nevertheless galvanised Highlanders into immediate action as the Bulawayo giants upped the tempo in bid to level proceedings.
Despite a wonderful passing game that saw Highlanders matching Dynamos man for man, scoring chances did not come Bossoâ€™s way but De-Mbare threatened to extend its lead with some gilt edged chances.
Highlandersâ€™ best chance to restore parity came in the 42nd minute but the De-Mbare rearguard was alert to avert danger with a goal line clearance.
On the stroke of half time the enterprising Archiford Gutu produced a moment of individual brilliance as he waltzed past several Bosso players before setting up Denver Mukamba, whose shot at goal was deflected for a corner kick.
Dynmaos would carry the 1-nil lead to half time.
The Glamour Boys were quick off the blocks in the second half and could have increased the lead in the 48th minute but Denver Mukamba failed to outwit Bossoâ€™s goalkeeper, Ariel Sibanda, who pulled off a good save in a one on one situation.
As the second half wore on, Dynamos began to stamp its authority on the match with an exciting passing display that has become synonymous with the Harare giants.
Sibanda was once again called upon to make another good save to deny Tawanda Muparatiâ€™s shot at goal.
Archiford Gutu, who was in the thick of action the entire match then went on a solo run and unleashed a shot from outside the penalty area but his effort was smothered by the agile Ariel Sibanda in goals for Bosso.
Highlanders almost stole a dramatic equaliser on the stroke of full time when Lawson Nkomo let fly a stinging shot from a free kick but Dynamos goalkeeper, Knowledge Jimu was on hand to preserve Dynmaos lead with a good save.
No further goals were scored to ensure Dynamos emerged triumphant by a solitary goal.
Dynamos coach, Lloyd Mutasa and Highlanders mentor, Mkupali Masuku both expressed satisfaction with their teamsâ€™ performance.
â€œIt was a good game for us. The win, which ensured yet another trophy, was important for the young guys as it is confidence booster ahead of the domestic premiership as well as the African safari,â€ Mutasa said.
â€œA good game indeed, we missed a lot of chances and we were punished for that. We will work from this game to ensure that we have a good run this forthcoming season,â€ Bosso coach, MkupaliÂ Masuku said.
The 1-nil win over Highlanders ensured that Dynamos continued with its supremacy over Highlanders after beating the Bulawayo giants 4 times last season.
After beating eternal rivals, Caps United in the BOB 87 Challenge Cup a week ago, expectations continue to rise among De-Mbare fans that the 2011 domestic season will belong to their team.
And although Highlanders lost, the Bulawayo giants proved that thereâ€™s life after the departure of several key players such as Joel and Zephaniah Ngodzo, Protasho Kabwe, Francis Kanda and Menard Mupera, by putting up a polished display that gave an indication that they will be a competitive unit this forthcoming season.