Lad­uma FC ad­vance to Bafa semis

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Allen Khu­malo Sports Re­porter

Lad­uma FC 3-2 Safe­guard LAD­UMA FC se­cured their pas­sage into the semi­fi­nals of the Bu­l­awayo Ama­teur Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (BAFA) Town­shend and Butcher tour­na­ment af­ter beat­ing Safe­guard 3-2 at the Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium out­side grounds yes­ter­day.

Two goals from Phik­isani Moyo and Do­minic Nyika en­abled Lad­uma to over­come Safe­guard, who scored through Sikhum­buzo Moyo and Sibangilizwe Mpofu.

Lad­uma FC al­most con­ceded a goal nine se­conds into the match when their goal­keeper failed to deal with a back pass and the ball went within inches of the up­right.

Safe­guard opened the scor­ing in the 18th minute when Sikhum­buzo Moyo con­verted from a spot kick af­ter a Lad­uma de­fender had han­dled in the box. How­ever, Lad­uma lev­elled mat­ters seven min­utes later through Phik­isani Moyo to make up for a num­ber of ear­lier missed chances.

Lad­uma then took the lead in the 35th minute through Nyika, who came face-to-face with the goal­keeper and scored with ease.

Safe­guard came back from the breather highly charged and lev­elled mat­ters four min­utes into the sec­ond half through Mpofu. Lad­uma’s Moyo then sealed vic­tory in the 75th minute.

“I am happy that we have qual­i­fied for the semi­fi­nals, but I won’t say I am happy with the team’s per­for­mance to­day,” said Lad­uma coach Do­minic Sibanda.

“This is not the kind of game we usu­ally play. We missed a lot of chances in the first half and we got pun­ished for that when we went a goal down. We have learnt from our mis­takes and are go­ing to work on them and would hope­fully have re­solved them when we play our next match.”

In other matches, Mpilo FC were booted out of the com­pe­ti­tion af­ter los­ing 1-2 to United FC. Rebels thumped Crusaders 6-0, while Madamara beat Unity Vil­lage 1-0.

The semi-fi­nals will be played on Septem­ber 18 at the same venue. —

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