'Dynamites' step into Baymed semis
Monday September 04 2006
Former Castle Premiership outfit Dynamos beat Fidentia Rangers 2-1 to progress to the semi-finals of the Baymed Cup on Sunday afternoon.
The fact that this match was dominated by players who were bench-warmers at their previous teams meant that this was going to be a game of wounded tigers.
Players such as Fees Moloi, Aubin Takutchie, Peter Rabolele and Abran Isaks in the Rangers starting line-up have all donned different strips.
Moloi, once on the books of Free State Stars, Kaizer Chiefs and the then Manning Rangers, ran tirelessly against the Dynamos back four with the much-travelled Takuthcie and Rangers were unlucky to see their chances going astray. Opposition goalkeeper Swadick Sanudi also proved to be a thorn in their flesh.
Moloi and Isaks were team-mates before while in the Premier Soccer League with Rangers until they were relegated and latter changed the team's name to Fidentia from the previous one Manning. The overweight Isaks made good runs from the back, which made him popular even during his days at Bloemfontein Celtic, but the Dynamos defence was simply too tight for him to penetrate.
Rodney Thobejane, the leader of the water-tight Dynamos defence, has also had his fair share of bench-warming experiences. Thobejane had his heart broken by Ted Dumitru when he did not feature much in the 'Amakhosi' line-up two seasons ago whom he joined from the now defunct Ria Stars.
Both teams came to this Baymed Cup action at the Giyani Stadium with one purpose - a win. The hosts, Dynamos, were not prepared to disappoint their crowd of less than hundred who cheered them on during their pre-match warm-up and throughout the game.
Tumo Khoboko and Evans Maloka provided the goals for the 'Dynamites'. Maloka's goal was his second of the tournament after the first he scored against Bay United in the first round. Maloka had to make way for Sunday Ogana early in the second half, but did not make that much of a difference.
Rangers' early exit from the changeroom was surprising given the fact that they were trailing by two goals to nothing, but were able to score late in the game through the experienced boot of Moloi after nice play with substitute Warren Cunningham. The win takes Dynamos to the semi-finals of the competition.
Other Baymed Cup quarter-final results:
FC AK 4 Winners Park 3
Grankuwa United 2 City Pillars 0
Free State Stars 1 Vasco da Gama 0