Dynamos Lifts NetOne Charity Shield
Goals by 2011 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League top goal scorer, Roderick Mutuma, and giant forward, Takesure Chinyama gave the popular Harare side the trophy and the $50 000 winners prize while Motor Action who scored theirs through Ishmael Lawe took half the winning prize.
Chinyama was the hero for Dynamos as he was a ball of fire, igniting attacks whenever in possession, and capped a five star performance by grabbing the winning goal.
The striker who returned to Zimbabwe from Poland at the end of last season was duly named man of the match and received a $500 prize.
The win is a perfect morale booster for Dynamos who this week travel to Mozambique for a date with Liga Muçulmana in the first leg of the first round of the 2012 Caf Champions League.
Team coach Calisto Pasuwa revealed that the team is not taking a break Monday as usual but will train on the day in preparation for the Caf Champions League match.
This is the second year running that Motor Action have fallen against Dynamos in the NetOne Charity Shield. Last year, the Mighty Bulls were also beaten 4-2 on post match penalties at Rufaro Stadium after coming from two-goals down in regulation time to level the scores at two-all.
Sunday’s match though was not without its own controversy as it was nearly cancelled due to sponsorship disagreements. Banc ABC who sponsors Dynamos had warned Dynamos that they would cancel the popular Harare side’s sponsorship should they use a kit that did not display their logo in front of their jerseys.
Tournament sponsors, NetOne had provided Dynamos with an alternative kit with their logo also in front of the jerseys.
After a prolonged discussion the parties finally agreed that Dynamos wear the kit with the Banc ABC logo while Motor Action took on the kit provided by NetOne.
That though did not spoil the day as the game produced an entertaining afternoon of fast attacking soccer with Motor Action far much the better side though they did not convert their chances into goals.
Twice Issac Masame, and Ishmael Lawe came face to face with the goalkeeper in the first ten minutes and twice they failed to convert what looked like easier chances to score that to miss.
Coach Joey Antipas was graceful in defeat admitting that his team could easily have won the match had they been more accurate in front of goal.
Dynamos fans though will be the first to admit that although they won the Charity Shield a lot needs to be done if their team is to sustain a realistic challenge for the Caf Champions League and the Castle Lager Premiership.
While Chinyama was handful for Motor Action and the defence marshalled by captain George Magariro resolute, the midfield of Murape Murape, Denver Mukamba and Milton Makopa needs a lot of fine tuning if DeMbare are to regain their tag of the best team in the country and one of the best in Africa.