Lad­uma end sea­son on high note

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

THE cur­tain came down on the 2016 Bu­l­awayo Am­a­teur Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (BAFA) league sea­son with Lad­uma FC beat­ing a 10-men Nga Chron­i­cle 2-1 at Bar­bour­fields out­side grounds yes­ter­day.

Goals from Sipho Banda and Julien Banda were enough for Lad­uma to seal the sea­son with a vic­tory while Nga Chron­i­cle got their goal through Tai­son Mazithulela.

Nga Chron­i­cle had the big Marks Shaya­mano dic­tat­ing is­sues in the mid­dle of the park al­though he was later sub­sti­tuted due to fa­tigue.

The match got off to an ex­cit­ing start with both sides hav­ing chances at ei­ther end, how­ever, nei­ther man­aged to truly test the goal­keep­ers.

The first real chance fell the way of Lad­uma only to be de­nied by Nga Chron­i­cle goal­keeper Mun­yaradzi Abuja, who did well to punch Sipho Banda’s fifth minute shot from dis­tance.

How­ever, 27 min­utes later, Lad­uma were awarded a penalty af­ter a han­dling of­fence by a Nga Chron­i­cle player.

Sipho Banda stepped up and made no mis­take plac­ing the ball be­yond Abuja’s reach.

Six min­utes later, Nga Chron­i­cle lev­elled the mat­ters when Mazithulela headed home a cross from the right.

The sec­ond half was ac­tion packed and drama filled as Nga Chron­i­cle lost Swene Pi­late who was red carded half way through the stanza fol­low­ing a clumsy chal­lenge on Lad­uma’s Sipho.

It was Ju­lian who sealed the vic­tory for Lad­uma with 17 min­utes left when he fired from close range and goal­keeper Abuja failed to deal with the shot and the ball slipped through his hands.

Lad­uma coach Do­minick Sibanda said he was happy with his team’s per­for­mance through­out the sea­son. “What a great way to end the sea­son. “This has been our dream and the boys were re­mark­ably con­sis­tent and ef­fi­cient through­out the sea­son.

“We hope to do bet­ter in the third divi­sion next sea­son,” he said. — @khumza­llen

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