banc abc champs1.jpgThe curtain finally came down on the BANC ABC Super 8 tournament yesterday afternoon with Dynamos crowned champions after beating arch rivals Caps United by three goals to two in the final played at the National Sports Stadium.

Caps United were the first to settle into the rhythm of the match and enjoyed greater territorial advantage in the first half.  The Green Machine’s resilience in the opening minutes paid dividends when Dynamos goalkeeper Washington Arubi failed to deal with Joel Lupahla’s shot to give Moses Chunga’s side a lead in the 15th minute.

Two minutes later, Lupahla was presented with a chance to extend the Green Machine’s lead, but his shot unleashed form inside the penalty box sailed over the bar, much to the relief of the Dynamos fans.

 

With Dynamos on the backfoot, Caps skipper Nyasha Mukumbi almost extended his team’s lead but his header narrowly missed the target. Dynamos failed to create any meaningful chances in the first half in which they did not threaten much, allowing Caps United  to take the one nil lead into halftime.

The second half produced a lot of drama and goalmouth action. Although the Green Machine were on the front foot in the first half, they had no idea about the dramatic turn around of events that was about to unfold. The agony that the Dynamos fans had so endured in the first half soon turned into joy when Dembare equalised through Dylan Chivandire who scrambled home in the 52nd minute.

With the Dynamos fans still absorbing their team’s equaliser, they were ejected from their seats in celebration two minutes later when Archieford Gutu thrust the Glamour Boys into the lead.

Dynamos were not yet finished and struck a telling blow on the hour mark when Milton Makopa let fly a booming shot from down town, which beat Caps United goalkeeper Edmore Sibanda hands down. The goal sent the Dynmaos fans into delirium and put them firmly in a strong position to pip their arch rivals to the silverware.

Caps United to their credit did not give up on the fight and their never say die attitude yielded a goal in the 83rd minute when Vincent Nzombe rose majestically to pounce in with a header. The goal set up a nail biting end to the match but Dembare stood firm to seal a memorable 3-2 victory over their eternal rivals.

 

Dembare walked away US$40 000 richer whilst Makepekepe Archiford Gutu was voted man of the match for a fine individual exhibition. Simbarashe Sithole of Shooting Stars emerged as the top goal scorer, while Washington Arubi stood out as the goalkeeper of the tournament. Caps United captain, the consistent Nyasha Mukumbi was voted the player of the tournament.