Hre City rue missed chances in Hwange de­feat

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

Hwange 2-1 Harare City VIS­IT­ING Harare City learnt the hard way that games are won by con­vert­ing chances that fall your way af­ter fall­ing to Hwange in an ex­cit­ing Cas­tle Lager Premier Soc­cer League match played in sear­ing heat at the Col­liery Sta­dium yes­ter­day.

Young Pritchard Mpelele gave Hwange the lead in the 35th minute when he ma­jes­ti­cally rose to con­nect a well-taken Phaka­mani Dube free-kick into the roof of the nets.

De­fender David Bori­wondo dou­bled the home team’s ad­van­tage in the 65th minute, head­ing home a Farai Vimi­sai cor­ner kick.

Hwange’s cel­e­bra­tions were short-lived as ref­eree Martin Chivandire awarded Harare City what looked like a harsh penalty when he ad­judged that goal­keeper Tymon Mvula up­ended speed­ster Martin Venge­sayi in a tus­sle for pos­ses­sion in­side the box.

Raphael Manu­vire stepped up to send Mvula the wrong way to en­sure a nail-bit­ing fin­ish to the game.

Moses Chunga’s lads started the match in blis­ter­ing style, with their at­tacks re­volv­ing around Venge­sayi and Tatenda Tumba.

With just two min­utes on the clock, Venge­sayi beat Hwange de­fender Bori­wondo for pace on the right flank and laid an invit­ing pass to Manu­vire, who di­rected his ef­fort off tar­get with keeper Mvula to beat.

Hwange’s player of the mo­ment Gift Mb­weti thought he had scored the break­through in the fifth minute when he found the back of the net from a goal­mouth melee, but ref­eree Chivandire ruled it out af­ter first as­sis­tant ref­eree Bril­liant Sibanda flagged for an in­fringe­ment on goal­keeper Maxwell Nyamu­pa­nen­dengu by Gil­bert Zulu in the build-up to the goal.

Wil­iam Manondo was de­nied from close range by the en­ter­pris­ing Mvula in the 10th minute as the Sun­shine Boys con­tin­ued to im­pose their early dom­i­nance of the game.

Hwange al­most raced into the lead in the 25th minute af­ter Mvula’s long clear­ance was clev­erly flicked by Zulu into the path of an on­rush­ing Mpelele, and although his first­time vol­ley beat goalie Nyamu­pane­dengu, it can­noned off the left up­right and out for a goal kick.

Hwange coach Me­belo Njekwa was a happy man af­ter the match.

“I am very happy be­cause we are im­prov­ing in ev­ery match as we aim for a strong fin­ish to the end of the sea­son. We look for­ward to the next en­counter,” said Njekwa.

Chunga blasted his play­ers for ap­proach­ing the match in a poor men­tal state.

“Firstly can I con­grat­u­late the ref­er­ees for a job well done to­day. My play­ers ap­proached the match lightly, per­haps they are fo­cus­ing on the up­com­ing Chibuku Su­per Cup semi-fi­nal match which is wrong in foot­ball as ev­ery match is im­por­tant,” said Chunga.

Me­belo Njekwa

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