Hwange put Bor­der Strik­ers in dan­ger zone

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Tobias Man­doreba in Hwange

Hwange 2-0 Bor­der Strik­ers GOALS by mid­fielder In­no­cent Much­eneka and red hot striker Gift Mb­weti vir­tu­ally con­demned the self­pro­claimed “doc­tor” of Zim­bab­wean foot­ball Luke Ma­somere’s Bor­der Strik­ers’ side to the sec­ond tier league for next sea­son.

The Beit­bridge side went into yes­ter­day’s Cas­tle Lager Premier­ship match at the Col­liery Sta­dium firmly rooted at the bot­tom and Hwange were in no mood to do them any favours, as coach Me­belo Njekwa was equally un­der pres­sure from rest­less home fans fol­low­ing the team’s bad patch in re­cent games.

The coalmin­ers had a bril­liant first half and could have buried the vis­i­tors with an avalanche of goals had their strik­ers been sharp in front of goal.

Hwange camped in the Bor­der Strik­ers’ half and even­tu­ally surged ahead in the 17th minute, cour­tesy of Much­eneka who hit the tar­get from in­side the box af­ter Mb­weti had roasted de­fender Ju­nior Dh­lelelwa. His cross was chested into the path of Much­eneka by Farai Vimi­sai for the mid­fielder to stab home.

Three min­utes later, Bor­der Strik­ers launched their first at­tack from the right flank led by David Tito, who went on a good run be­fore re­leas­ing striker Farai Mususunye, whose shot was saved by teenage Hwange goal­keeper Tai­mon Mvula.

Bor­der Strik­ers’ keeper Tal­ent Sande then pro­duced the save of the af­ter­noon on the half hour mark to deny Hwange a sec­ond goal when he ac­ro­bat­i­cally dived to his right to make a stun­ning one-handed save to deny Hwange de­fender Obert Moyo’s headed ef­fort.

The goal to calm Hwange fans’ nerves came a minute from full time when Mb­weti out-jumped the Bor­der Strik­ers’ de­fend­ers to head home a long throw in from young de­fender An­drew Tandi. Njekwa was a happy man af­ter the match. “We were un­der pres­sure be­fore the game as we had not been play­ing well of late. Yes, we won, but if ever there was an award for miss­ing goal scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, we would eas­ily get it, as we were sup­posed to wrap up the game early to­day,” he said.

Ma­somere wore a brave face and de­clared that his team would con­tinue to fight to the end.

“We lost here to­day and I can say Hwange had a good first half while we dom­i­nated pro­ceed­ings in the sec­ond, but we missed sev­eral chances to come back into the game. Any­thing can hap­pen in the league; we are still in and we will fight to the end as far as rel­e­ga­tion is con­cerned,” said Ma­somere. — to­by­man­dox @ the ball to the near post where Chungwa, who had not fea­tured for Makepekepe since last month fol­low­ing an abortive deal to move in South Africa, con­nected first time to beat goal­keeper Donovan Bernard.

“It’s good for the boy and it’s also good for the team. I have al­ways be­lieved in Do­minic. He is one kind of a player who al­ways gives you the max­i­mum and for him to come in at the right mo­ment and get us the goal at the right time, I think it’s good for his con­fi­dence,” said Chitem­bwe.

How Mine re­mained 11th on the log stand­ings with 31 points from 25 starts. They had put in a good shift yes­ter­day but their fail­ure to deal with set-pieces was their big­gest un­do­ing. Their coach Kelvin Kaindu was not im­pressed.

“I’m very dis­ap­pointed that we failed to de­fend when we had come from 2-0 down and man­aged to equalise. We looked strong in the sec­ond half but we failed to cap­i­talise on the so many er­rors that the Caps United de­fend­ers made. Just one mis­take, I think we lacked con­cen­tra­tion and the op­po­nents man­aged to get max­i­mum points,” said Kaindu.

Gift Mb­weti

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