Anolle Cast­ings eye top eight

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

ANOLLE Cast­ings con­vinc­ingly beat ti­tle con­tenders Rebels 4-2 in the Edgars Bulawayo Am­a­teur Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (Bafa) League game at the Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium out­side grounds yes­ter­day.

A brace by Mt­shu­mayeli Ndlovu and a goal apiece from Tale­fang Ny­athi and For­ward Shaya se­cured max­i­mum points for Cast­ings, while Rebels got their goals through Basil Bhebhe and Charles Phiri.

After an ex­cit­ing pe­riod in which both sides showed some prom­ise, Cast­ings took the lead 10 min­utes into the match. Ny­athi re­ceived a pass on the right side, broke through the Rebels’ de­fence and went for goal, beat­ing goal­keeper Brian Bhebhe.

Rebel equalised in the 27th minute through Basil, who un­leashed a shot from the edge of the Cast­ings’ box.

How­ever, Cast­ings re­claimed the lead in the 38th minute through a Shaya penalty after Ngqabutho Ny­oni had han­dled in the box fol­low­ing a mix-up in the Rebels’ penalty box. Shaya made no mis­take, send­ing Brian the wrong way.

Cast­ings came back from the break more de­ter­mined and were duly re­warded in the 49th minute when Mt­shu­mayeli headed home a Leroy Ndlovu cross.

Mt­shu­mayeli com­pleted his brace in the 67th minute when he volleyed home Owen Matereke’s cross. Rebel’s Charles Phiri re­duced the deficit in the 78th minute, but could not find fur­ther open­ings.

Cast­ings’ coach Jonas Tembo said their main fo­cus now was to fin­ish in the top eight.

“If we can man­age to achieve this, it will be a huge achieve­ment for us this sea­son. With these four re­main­ing matches, we will go into ev­ery match with the same men­tal­ity of col­lect­ing all three points. It won’t be easy be­cause we have to face tough teams, but we will do our best,” Tembo said.

In other matches, United FC were awarded three points after Eleven War­riors failed to turn up for their game.

The clash be­tween Lad­uma FC and SBC Fal­cons was post­poned, as Lad­uma were at­tend­ing a fu­neral fol­low­ing the pass­ing away of their pres­i­dent in a road ac­ci­dent in South Africa.

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