Dynamos coach Paulo Jorge Silva’s tenure turned from bad to worse on Sunday, after he saw his team break a seven-year record with a 1-0 loss to traditional rivals Caps United.
Silva was also sent to the terraces for remonstrating with the fourth official at Rufaro Stadium.
Caps United forward Dominic Chungwa grabbed the all-important goal in the second half, that is most likely to see the Portuguese mentor packing his bags back to his native country as he failed the second of his three-game ultimatum.
The Dynamos executive two weeks ago demanded that Silva guide the team to outright wins in the next three games, failure of which he would be fired.
Silva passed the first test by beating Mutare City 2-1 last weekend but faltered in the penultimate game of the ultimatum against Caps United.
The result rang as a travesty to Dynamos fans, who twice forced stoppage of play as they threw missiles onto the pitch.
Interestingly, it was Caps coach Lloyd Chitembwe, who had last registered league victory over Dynamos back in 2009 in his first spell as the club’s coach.
He came back to end Dynamos’ supremacy over United, in a fashion that will spell doom to Silva’s reign as Dynamos coach.
It was a balanced affair with Dynamos midfielder Brett Amidu, firing two powerful shots in the first half from outside the penalty box, with one drawing a fine save from Caps goalkeeper Jorum Muchambo, while the other one fizzled just wide.
But Caps also had their moments with Method Mwanjali’s equally strong shot narrowly missing target five minutes after the restart.
The best chance of the contest came on 57 minutes, when an unmarked Kudzanai Nyakasaka from inside the 16-yard box had a shot blocked by Muchambo after being fed by Masimba Mambare.
Dynamos also got close to taking the lead again when Roderick Mutuma chose to pass an indirect freekick inside the box to Ocean Mushure who was denied by the United wall.
Then the defining moment came.
Chungwa profited from a Method Mwanjali poorly executed shot to fire from close range past Tatenda Mukuruva in goals for Dynamos.
Substitute Evans Gwekwerere tried to bring Dynamos back into the match four minutes before fulltime but his shot was cleared by Stephen Makatuka near the goal line.
As tension mounted, Silva argued with the fourth assistant referee Thabani Bamala and was expelled from the bench in injury time to seal the worst afternoon for Dynamos in years.
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