Tri­an­gle held to goal­less draw

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Os­car Rusenga in Tri­an­gle

Tri­an­gle 0-0 Ngezi Plat­inum TRI­AN­GLE coach David “Yogi” Mandig­ora could not find a win­ning for­mula to re­venge a 3-1 de­feat to his former “pupil” Ton­derai Ndi­raya as Ngezi Plat­inum held his side to a goal­less draw in this Cas­tle Lager Pre­mier­ship soc­cer match at Gibbo yes­ter­day.

Tri­an­gle were un­lucky not to score as early as the fourth minute when ev­ery­body missed Mar­vel­lous Mukumba’s per­fect cross in what was the only chance cre­ated be­tween the two sides in the first half.

The home side was, how­ever, on top of their game as man-of-the-match Tawanda Ma­pung­wana con­trolled the mid­field in his first full de­but af­ter another im­pres­sive dis­play when he came on as a sub­sti­tute in Tri­an­gle’s mid­week fix­ture against High­landers.

Ngezi came close to scor­ing di­rect from a cor­ner kick in the 40th minute when Ron­ald Mudimu had to stretch to tip over Tal­ent Cham­boko’s ef­fort.

Nel­son Mazi­wisa, who played as a lone striker for the Lowveld side, headed over the bar from a cor­ner kick in the 50th minute be­fore Ma­pung­wana’s rasp­ing ef­fort from 20 yards went inches over three min­utes later. Ngezi Plat­inum coach Ndi­raya made the first tac­ti­cal sub­sti­tu­tion 10 min­utes into the sec­ond half, bring­ing on Wash­ing­ton Pakamisa for Ken­neth Bu­laji but the the sub­sti­tute failed to change any­thing as the Tri­an­gle rear­guard re­fused to budge. Tri­an­gle full­backs Rod­well Mh­langa and Zim­babwe Un­der-20 in­ter­na­tional Der­win Phiri had a fan­tas­tic af­ter­noon and played well in Mandig­ora’s pre­ferred 3-5-2 for­ma­tion and Mh­langa w a s un­lucky not to pu t his name on the score­sheet as his ef­fort in the 72nd minute went inches wide with the young Nel­son Chadya, in goals for Ngezi, a well beaten man.

Mandig­ora’s two only mid-sea­son sign­ings Nathan Zi­wini and Kudzai Mac­haz­ani were given a run but did not live up to ex­pec­ta­tions as they looked rusty.

Ndi­raya was happy with the point gained away from home against what he called an ex­pe­ri­enced Tri­an­gle side.

“It was a very dif­fi­cult game against an ex­pe­ri­enced Tri­an­gle side. Of course we came here to work for some­thing and I’m glad we got some­thing. I’m happy my boys fought hard, we lost a bit of rhythm com­ing from the break but I’m happy we didn’t con­cede a goal and with a lit­tle bit of lucky, we could have scored at least one goal to win the match.

“I hope our mid-sea­son sign­ings will add a bit of ex­pe­ri­ence and com­pe­ti­tion. Part­son Jaure and Bry­ron Mad­zokere will help strengthen our de­fence fur­ther as we re­main fo­cused on our tar­get of avoid­ing the chop," Ndi­raya said.

His op­po­site num­ber and former men­tor Mandig­ora was not happy with his team’s lack of fire-power but hopes their next match against Cha­pungu will give them another op­por­tu­nity for a bet­ter show­ing.

“We are fail­ing to con­vert our chances and we’ve now gone two games with­out a goal.

“We are also not cre­at­ing enough chances and we need a bit of cre­ativ­ity in the mid­dle of the park and we hope our new sign­ings will help in that re­gard,” Mandig­ora said.

David Mandig­ora

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