Cow­dray Park Queens left at bot­tom of ta­ble

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

COW­DRAY Park Queens’ woes con­tin­ued when they suf­fered a 0-4 thump­ing by ZRP Bu­l­awayo in the South­ern Re­gion Women’s Soccer League on Satur­day.

Cow­dray Park were hop­ing to atone for last week’s 0-6 hu­mil­i­a­tion by Bor­row Jets, but the po­lice side had other ideas.

The loss leaves Cow­dray Park sec­ond from the bot­tom on the ta­ble, with three points from 15 matches.

In other matches, Black Boots drew 2-2 with Hearts of Oak at Pu­mula North ground. Black Boots took the lead in the sec­ond half through Mitchel Guri, but Peace Kennedy lev­elled the scores.

Hearts of Oak’s Ntombiye­langa Ndlovu put her side in front be­fore Sazisile Phiri’s own goal en­sured a share of the spoils.

Hearts of Oak coach Evans Netha was not im­pressed with his team’s per­for­mance de­spite the draw.

“We didn’t play well this week. We lost pos­ses­sion eas­ily and gave our op­po­nents too much room in our half. We were bet­ter in the sec­ond half when our skip­per Happy Gumbo started nice build-ups which saw us scor­ing two goals. Our goal­keeper Sharon Ngwenya re­ally came to our res­cue with her fine saves,” said Netha.

“We go back to the draw­ing board to at­tend to a few things as we chase the cham­pi­onship. The road will not be easy be­cause ev­ery team wants to beat us, but our tar­get is not to lose any match un­til the sea­son ends.”

Log lead­ers In­line Academy in­creased the gap to five points fol­low­ing a 3-0 win over Sobuk­hazi.

With only four matches re­main­ing, Hearts of Oak need to win against Street Set this week to keep their ti­tle hopes alive. *Three points de­ducted for field­ing an in­el­i­gi­ble player — @khumza­llen. KAIZER Chiefs en­forcer Wil­lard Kat­sande has de­scribed his side’s vic­tory over Ajax Cape Town on Satur­day as “sweet and unforgettable”. This after their com­fort­able 2-0 win at the Moses Mab­hida Sta­dium in Dur­ban, which keeps them at the sum­mit of the league ta­ble with a su­pe­rior goal dif­fer­ence over Golden Ar­rows.

The 30-year-old Zim­babwe in­ter­na­tional is of the opinion that his for­mer em­ploy­ers are al­ways a dif­fi­cult nut to crack, and ex­pected a sterner chal­lenge from the Ur­ban War­riors.

“The vic­tory was sur­pris­ingly eas­ier than ex­pected as Ajax al­ways pose a great threat to us,” Kat­sande told Kick­Off. com. But it was sweet and unforgettable as one likes to get a win over your old team. I’m just very happy for the three points as we are climb­ing the lad­der”.

Asked what he thought the cat­a­lyst in Chiefs’ turn­around is, Kat­sande said: “We are all still learn­ing the coach’s phi­los­o­phy, but you can see that we’re buy­ing into his tac­tics and styles – it was just a mat­ter of time.

“We al­ways knew it will take time, but things are [now] fall­ing into place and that’s why it’s im­por­tant we all [re­main] pa­tient.”

Kat­sande re­minded his team­mates not to get too car­ried away as they will have to grind out re­sults if they are to re­claim the league crown from Mamelodi Sun­downs this sea­son.

“This league is ex­tremely dif­fi­cult as there are a num­ber of teams that can win the league [this sea­son], but that’s ob­vi­ously good for South African foot­ball and the fans as well. It’s a good spec­ta­cle for soccer if a coun­try has a strong [com­pet­i­tive] soccer league,” Kat­sande con­cludes. — Kick Off

Evans Netha

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