Ngezi fluff their lines

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - SPORT - Don Makanyanga in NGEZI

TON­DERAI NDI­RAYA was left a frus­trated man af­ter his charges blew a chance to go on top of Cas­tle Lager Premier Soc­cer League af­ter fir­ing blanks at the Baobab yes­ter­day.

A few days af­ter stun­ning ZPC Kariba at Nyamhunga, very few ex­pected Ngezi to strug­gle in this fix­ture but the Mhon­doro side failed to live up to their billing.

They could have gone two points clear at the top with a win but the draw left Ngezi Plat­inum on 53 points and with an in­fe­rior goal difference to lead­ers Dy­namos.

“It’s quite frus­trat­ing that we have to get such a re­sult at home. It’s two points lost I would say,” said Ndi­raya.

Ngezi beat Tsholot­sho 4-1 in the re­verse fix­ture and their fans ex­pected an­other easy ride but it was not to be as the vis­i­tors put up a solid de­fen­sive show.

The home side lacked ur­gency in a first half they looked noth­ing like a team chas­ing the league ti­tle with their only mean­ing­ful chance of the stanza com­ing in the 42nd minute. It was fluffed by Clive Au­gusto. Madamburo in­creased the tempo in the sec­ond half but lacked the cut­ting edge in the fi­nal third.

In the 52nd minute, Au­gusto’s ef­fort was punched back into play by Tsholot­sho keeper Chang Mariy­oni.

Ter­rence Dzuka­manja hit the cross bar in the 81st minute and that was to be his last con­tri­bu­tion as he was hauled off for Kelvin Bu­laji seven min­utes later.

Al­though he was not amused with yes­ter­day’s re­sult, Ndi­raya re­mains op­ti­mistic about his team’s chances of land­ing a his­toric cham­pi­onship ti­tle.

“There are still 21 points to fight for and that is quite a mas­sive num­ber. There will be a lot of twists and turns in the re­main­ing games.

“It’s not quite clear who is run­ning away with it and we are still hope­ful.

“We now need to work on our home record be­cause we can’t af­ford to lose points at home. Hope­fully we will start col­lect­ing max­i­mum points in our next home game against Dy­namos,” he said.

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