Mutare City FC hold Tsholot­sho

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport Starts Here - Ray­mond Jar­avaza Sports Cor­re­spon­dent

Hav­ing Lance Klus­ner, who has got more skills than both of us are tenets of a good team. We don’t have favouritism in team se­lec­tion and that’s what I’m proud of.” TSHOLOT­SHO failed to cap­i­talise on home ground ad­van­tage and a first half lead to share the spoils with Mutare City Rovers in a Cas­tle Lager Premier­ship game played at Lu­veve Sta­dium yes­ter­day.

The match was tem­po­rar­ily stopped in the sev­enth minute when a swarm of bees in­vaded the pitch send­ing play­ers and the match of­fi­cials scur­ry­ing for cover.

Play re­sumed a few mo­ments after the bees had left and Tsholot­sho even­tu­ally took the lead in the 43rd minute cour­tesy of de­fender Than­dol­wenkosi Ncube who beat a poorly set off­side trap to slot home.

The cross came from the right side and Mutare City de­fend­ers ap­pealed for an off­side, but as­sis­tant ref­eree Abra­ham Manda kept his flag down, leav­ing Ncube with the sim­plest task of beat­ing ex­posed goal­keeper Victor Twa­liki.

That lead was can­celled in the 63rd minute when Mutare City striker Agrippa Murimba worked his way past two Tsholot­sho de­fend­ers and beat goal­keeper Nickel Murichi.

Collins Duhwa had the chance to steal three points for the vis­i­tors in the clos­ing stages of the game, but failed to di­rect his shot on tar­get with Tsholot­sho keeper Marichi ex­posed.

Tsholot­sho coach Lizwe Sweswe be­lieves the depar­ture of key play­ers had af­fected his side.

e club lost Buthelezwe Ncube to South African Na­tional First Divi­sion side AmaZulu, which is coached by for­mer Chicken Inn coach Joey An­tipas, while mid­fielder Sim­barashe Goro­godyo joined Harare gi­ants Dy­namos.

Cap­tain Wil­liam Stima is also leav­ing the team for FC Plat­inum.

“We lost ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers that had been with the team for long and un­der­stood the phi­los­o­phy at the club, so it will be dif­fi­cult to get re­sults with­out them. Stima was play­ing his last match to­day and will be join­ing FC Plat­inum,” said Sweswe.

Mutare City coach Taku Shariwa said: “We so much wanted to get three points and over­take them on the log stand­ings, but as things stand, the sta­tus quo re­mains. Go­ing into the sec­ond half of the sea­son, we will be un­der im­mense pres­sure to pull our­selves out of the rel­e­ga­tion zone. As a coach, I’m paid to per­form and I’ll try to do just that.”

Chevrons coach Makhaya Ntini (left) re­sponds to questions dur­ing a Press con­fer­ence at Queens Sports Club yes­ter­day, while cap­tain Graeme Cre­mer lis­tens on

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