GWERU – Domestic football yesterday hit another all-time low after the Castle Lager Premiership match between Chapungu and Dynamos was abandoned after one of the goalposts at Ascot Stadium collapsed.
The home side’s goalkeeper Talbert Shumba crashed against the upright in the 56th minute as he tried to deal with a shot from DeMbare midfielder Tichaona Chipunza.
At that point, DeMbare were leading 0-4.
ALL HANDS ON DECK: Workers from the Gweru City Council try to weld back the goalpost at Ascot Stadium which forced the abandonment of the match between Chapungu and Dynamos. PIC: JEFFREY MUVUNDUSI
At first it looked like a small problem, but it never was. Maintenance workers from the Gweru City Council, who own the stadium, were called in to try and rectify the problem but no solution was reached.
Both teams and the fans patiently waited for over an hour as they thought the goalpost would be fixed.
With the light fast-fading it became apparent the match would not continue even if the goalpost had been erected again due to the fact that only one of the four floodlight towers at the venue was working.
In the end, match commissioner Israel Mugwagwa, who was seen throughout the stoppage on the phone possibly with the league bosses, had to call off the encounter.
“The match has officially been abandoned after the engineers failed to fix the problem after one hour and 35 minutes. We will now have to wait to hear from the PSL what the decision will be regarding the conclusion of the match,” Mugwagwa said.
Dynamos coach Lloyd Mutasa was not pleased with the abandonment since his team had raced into a comfortable lead through goals from Emmanuel Mandiranga (double), Christian Ntouba and Denver Mukamba.
“You know it’s one of those things that happen in football but you can’t have control over it. But the good thing is my boys played well and I’m happy it shows that they are now hungry for goals,” Mutasa said.
Chapungu coach Tendai Chikuni blamed his charges for sleeping on duty and failing to capitalise on their chances.
Dynamos opened floodgates as early as the eighth minute through Mandiranga, who had been set up by Ntouba.
A minute later, Chapungu could have equalised but Collen Kwaramba skied his effort from close range after he had been set up by Maxwell Mavuto.
But Dynamos showed character to absorb the home side’s pressure and doubled their lead in the 21st minute through Mukamba.
The impressive Ntouba spotted space between the Chapungu defenders before sending a through ball to Mukamba.
Mandiranga completed his brace 11 minutes later after he was set up by Mukamba following a beautiful exchange of passes that also involved Ntouba.
After having been involved in all the goals, the Cameroonian finally got onto the score sheet six minutes from the break.
Ntouba beat a Chapungu offside trap before going on to get to the end of a pass from Chipunza to beat Shumba.
DeMbare started the second half in search of more goals but the match had to be halted after Chipunza spotted Shumba off his line and tried to lob him from way out.
Unfortunately, the Chapungu goalkeeper was unsighted as he was back-peddling when he crashed into the upright in a bid to save the shot from Chipunza.