MURAPE MURAPE, the veteran Dynamos midfielder, has dedicated Sunday's 2-1 victory over arch-rivals Highlanders in the first leg of the Bob'89 Super Cup at Barbourfields to the late Ambuya Mary Shamu.
Mbuya Shamu, mother of the Minister of Media, Information and Publicity, Webster Shamu, died in Harare on Wednesday last week and was buried on Saturday in Msengezi.
Webster Shamu is the patron of Dynamos and a minute of silence was observed before kick-off on Sunday in respect of his late mother.
"Ambuya Shamu was our number one fan and we, as Dynamos players, dedicate this special victory to her.Vaiva Gogo vedu vaitisimbisa nguva dzose and it will be a befitting tribute to her if we lift the trophy," said Murape.
The versatile player, who was in the thick of things during Sunday's match, said the positive result was a morale-booster for them ahead of their Champions League preliminary round, first leg tie against Lesotho
Correctional Services at Rufaro on Sunday.
"We have lost some key players at Dynamos but we also create stars as DeMbare. We (have to) move forward and get the results we want all the time. I am happy for Denver (Mukamba), Simba (Sithole) and Rodrick (Mutuma) (who have all recently left Dynamos to join South African sides). They got their chance and I wish them well but new stars are going to emerge at our club because their move gave others who were not playing the chance to shine."
Murape also spoke about Sunday's tough match against Highlanders at Barbourfields.
"Highlanders had a good game but failed to utilise their chances in the first half. Soccer is not about passing the ball all the time or playing to the gallery but you have to score.
We took over the game from them and scored and we now wait for the the return leg and we need to work hard to make sure we lift the trophy.
"We now have the home advantage and playing in front of our beloved fans we will help us lift the trophy," said the pint-sized player.
Last season all matches featuring the two oldest clubs in Zimbabwe ended in draws and Bosso were pipped to the league title by Dynamos on goal difference.
On Sunday, Tawanda Muparati, the Dynamos captain, found the target in the 30th minute when his shot from the edge of the box beat Highlanders goalminder Ariel Sibanda all systems out. Dynamos were attacking the Mpilo end.
Three minutes after that goal Patrick Kumbula scored Dynamos's second goal when he reacted quickly to a free-kick from his captain Muparati.
Bosso responded with a harmless-looking header from Beaven Chikaka which beat the gangling goalkeeper George Chigova.
Cliff Sekete, who was introduced for Murape Murape, had the Highlanders rearguard on their toes each time he was in possession while Partson Jaure also shone like a beacon in defence.
Dynamos coach Callisto Pasuwa left Bulawayo a happy man ahead of Sunday's Champions League assignment against Lesotho Correctional Services.
But Sunday's match was not incident free. When the referee blew to end the match, the Bosso fans, who could not stomach the defeat, attacked the Dynamos fans and fortunately no lives were not lost as police were forced to fire teargas.
Last season they were violent scenes in Gweru when Dynamos fans were also attacked by the Bosso followers and it is a very big challenge to the police who must find ways to curb the rowdy elements who attend these matches.
Apart from the unfortunate violent incidents, fans in Bulawayo enjoyed every moment of this game, especially when the Airforce of Zimbabwe helicopter hovered over with the Bob' 89 Cup before it touched down at Barbourfields.