The Herald (Harare)

10 December 2012

Zimbabwe: Dynamos Continues Dominance Over Caps Utd

DYNAMOS continued their dominance over CAPS United even at junior level when their Under-20 side edged their rivals in a penalty shootout to book their place in the finals of the Startrack Freight junior soccer tournament at the Zimbabwe Grounds yesterday.

The teams had played a goalless draw in 40 minutes of regulation time of their semi-finals clash and the deadlock was only broken when DeMbare triumphed 9-8 after the shootout lottery.

Dynamos will now meet holders Startrack in the final at Gwanzura next Sunday while semi-finalists CAPS United and DC Academy clash in a third place play-off.

Organisers said the final could not be played yesterday because of bad light.

DeMbare began their quest with a 2-1 victory over BN Academy with goals from Leeroy Murape and Abel Gwatidzo.

Murape was on target again in the second game when they beat Galaxy 2-0, with Tatenda Munapi getting the other goal.

DeMbare then elbowed out Sordbury courtesy of a solitary goal by McMillan Chigora to set up a date against CAPS United.

Dynamos assistant coach Herbert Maruwa was happy with his team's performance and said he is now looking forward to the final.

But there was more satisfaction in the Green Machine camp, who despite failing to make the final, are hoping to promote a number of promising players to the senior team next season.

To their credit, CAPS United used players drawn mostly from Gutu and Pamushana High Schools, with an average age of 16.

Team manager Josephat Rwafa said the future looks bright and said most of the players who are on CAPS United scholarships at the two schools will relocate to Harare at the turn of the year.

They drew 1-1 with Tomlinson Depot in their first game before dispatching Black Rhinos 2-0 in the second through goals from Lee Ruzvidzo and Tapiwa Muzenda.

The Green Machine powered to their biggest victory in the quarter-finals when they dismissed Air Field 3-0, with goals from Lawrence Chapanduka, Keith Chikotora and Takudzwa Mahori.

"We have good players and I can say the future looks bright. The only disappointment we suffered today is that our star player Valentine Musarurwa (16) did not play because he hasn't acquired a national identity card yet.

"Otherwise we have an amazing bunch of talented players. We have been approached by some Premiership coaches enquiring about the players but we turned them down because as a club we are looking to register some of these youngsters to play in the Premier Soccer League next season," said Rwafa.

Startrack Freight Public Relations manager Kudakwashe Mugari said the tournament, which is now in its second year, promises to be a success as clubs fielded young players, most of them averaging between 16 and 17 years.

They had invited 14 teams but two of them -- Twalumbwa and Dutch FC -- pulled out.

"Startrack Freight is not a renowned company like Mbada or Delta Beverages but we believe that we should plough back to the community by supporting promising talent.

"There are many youngsters out there with talent that needs such exposure and I am happy that there are now many people who appreciate the value in junior football.

"We challenge Zifa and the corporate world to invest more in grassroots development," said Mugari.

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