Rebels clinch Bafa tro­phy

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

REBELS were crowned cham­pi­ons of the 59th edi­tion of the Bu­l­awayo Am­a­teur Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (Bafa) Town­shend and Butcher Tour­na­ment af­ter beat­ing Lad­uma 2-0 in yes­ter­day’s fi­nal played at the Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium out­side grounds.

Goals from Ta­tenda Ma­gaisa and Khal­i­mani Ncube is all Rebels needed to clinch the tro­phy and a new kit. Lad­uma and third-placed United FC also got a full kit for their ef­forts.

The game got off to a lack­lus­tre per­for­mance by both sides and there was noth­ing to write home about un­til the open­ing goal in the 17th minute by man-of-the-match Ma­gaisa, who headed home Gary Ny­athi’s cor­ner kick.

Rebels had a great chance to ex­tend their lead through a Ny­athi cor­ner but it was cleared off the line by Lad­uma cap­tain Ju­lian Banda.

Lad­uma had a chance to level mat­ters in the 39th minute when Sipho Banda un­leashed a pow­er­ful shot at the edge of the box, which was tipped over the bar by Rebels’ goal­keeper Luck­more Bunga.

Ncube then sealed Rebels’ vic­tory when he raced through the Lad­uma de­fence to calmly beat Yusuf Chis­ara in goals for Lad­uma with a curler into the bot­tom cor­ner of the net.

“I’m happy that we won, but this is not the game we ex­pected from our op­po­nents to­day con­sid­er­ing they are sec­ond on the log and just four points be­hind us. We were hop­ing for a tougher match, but this is foot­ball and it was not their day,” said an elated Rebels’ coach Zwelibanzi Gumpo.

Gumpo said his side was not af­fected by last week’s league de­feat and now that they had bagged the tro­phy, their fo­cus is on a dou­ble.

Lad­uma coach Do­minic Sibanda said: “I’m still shocked with what hap­pened to­day. The boys just lost fo­cus and failed to ex­ploit the chances they cre­ated in the sec­ond half. This was not our usual game, but I am happy we came this far.”

Lad­uma’s Phik­isani Moyo was the tour­na­ment’s top goal scorer with four while his team­mate Bhekinkosi Ndlovu, who missed the fi­nal through in­jury, was crowned goal­keeper of the tour­na­ment for con­ced­ing the least num­ber of goals.

Vipers FC were ad­judged the most dis­ci­plined team. — khumza­llen

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