25 February 2013

Zimbabwe: Dynamos's Medal Joy

DYNAMOS newboys Washington Pakamisa and Stephen Alimenda ended lengthy trophy drought when they picked their first winners medals yesterday as DeMbare lifted the Bob 89 Super Cup after hammering Highlanders 4-0 at Rufaro yesterday. Pakamisa, who last won a trophy with then Premiership side Gunners in 2009, suddenly found himself popping champagne so quickly in his first match with the Harare giants after crossing the great divide from CAPS United early this month.

The striker, came in the second half for Francesco Zekumbawire, and did not disappoint in his debut appearance for Dynamos.

After a dry spell at the Green Machine where the team's success and his individual performance were equally terrible, Pakamisa is confident that it would be a different story at Dynamos.

"I am very happy to win the trophy with the team today (yesterday). It has only been two weeks since I have joined Dynamos and started training with them. With the way I played today, I believe that with time I will do more because the team spirit here is great.

"With the display I had and with the players around me, I think I will even score more goals here.

"The last time I won a trophy was in 2009 when I was with Gunners and we won the league title but here I am," said Pakamisa.

Former CAPS United and Highlanders midfielder Alimenda was also bathing in glory as his last team Hardbody spend the whole of last season fighting relegation.

He joined the Gweru-based side after an unfruitful stint with CAPS United and the former Lancashire Steel midfielder said it has been ages since he had a medal dangling on his chest like what happened in 2006 when he won the league title with Highlanders.

"I am happy to win something early in the season with my new club. There is team work here at Dynamos where there are experienced players like Monya (Murape Murape) who are helping us to settle down.

"Football is the same but you need to adjust to the system at a club and I am happy that I am already feeling at home here at Dynamos.

"There is a lot of team work here and it is not about individuals and I just hope I will continue to work hard with my teammates and keep on achieving good results," said Alimenda. Former Hwange striker Francesco Zekumbawire, who was also making his debut appearance for the Zimbabwean champions following a protracted struggle to bring him to the capital from Hwange, was also happy to win the Cup.

"I am happy . . . It is my first game and I (already) have won a medal. It shows more things are coming. I am enjoying my stay here and the response from the other players has been great," he said.

Zekumbawire said he was getting worried when his move appeared to be on the ice but is now focusing on playing for his new club.

Dynamos striker Patrick Khumbula, who was on loan at Triangle last year and helped the Eastern Region Division One side to be promoted into the top flight, was also over the moon as he finished as the Bob 89 Super Cup's top goalscorer after netting three goals.

The striker, whose first stint at DeMbare under the guidance of former coach Lloyd Mutasa was largely forgettable, believes he is now mature enough and will fit into the team.

"I am happy that I have finished as the top goalscorer in this competition. I hope I will continue to score more goals when the season starts. The first time I was at Dynamos I was still young but I think I am now more mature. Dynamos love winning and there is a winning spirit here. I am happy with the way I have started," said Khumbula.

However, the striker, who was registered in the Champions League as a late entry, would be not be part of the team which would travel to Lesotho this week for the return leg of the preliminary round against Lesotho Correctional Services.

He will only be able to play in the mini-league phase of the tournament. Khumbula finished as the second top goalscorer in the Eatern Region last season with 22 goals behind Hippo Valley Dominic Chungwa who scored 28 goals.

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