Mang­wiro still bullish

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - SPORT - Tan­yaradzwa Ku­taura

Black Rhi­nos…………………….3 Tri­an­gle…………………………..1

TAURAI Mang­wiro re­mains con­fi­dent that his side will fin­ish in the top four de­spite a heavy loss against Black Rhi­nos in a premier­ship en­counter at the Na­tional Sports Sta­dium yes­ter­day.

Black Rhi­nos sealed the deal by half­time, go­ing into the breather with a com­fort­able 3-nil lead. And these came cour­tesy by strikes from Farai Banda, Au­gus­tine Mbara and Lot Chi­unga. There were no more Black Rhi­nos goals in the sec­ond half but a Tri­an­gle con­so­la­tion through Simba Makoni. How­ever, Mang­wiro views yes­ter­day’s de­feat as a mere glitch; one which won’t ruin his top four as­pi­ra­tions.

“Des­tiny is still in our hands,” said Mang­wiro. “We have lost some ground, yes we agree, but at the same time there is still a very good chance for us to fin­ish strongly,” he said. Mang­wiro was how­ever crit­i­cal of his side’s shoddy de­fend­ing.

“The de­fend­ing was just poor. My team in the first half was poor, we made some changes and im­proved in the sec­ond half, but it was al­ways go­ing to be dif­fi­cult to come back af­ter con­ced­ing that many goals

“I thought we looked the more likely team to score in the first 13-14 min­utes, but Rhi­nos with their first real at­tack scored. To­day it did not work for us but we should not de­spair, we have two home matches com­ing against Her­en­tials and Mutare City.

The Sugar Sugar Boys’s coach sen­ti­ments were jus­ti­fied as his boys’ de­fend­ing Black Rhi­nos 3-1 Tri­an­gle FC Plat­inum 2-0 Dy­namos Harare City 0-0 Chicken Inn Bu­l­awayo City 1-0 Ngezi Plat­inum Herentals v Mutare City (Ru­faro) Bu­l­awayo Chiefs v Nichrut (Lu­veve) Cha­pungu v Sha­banie (As­cot) Caps United v High­landers (NSS) Yadah v Kariba (Ru­faro) Team FC Plat­inum Ngezi Plat­inum Chicken Inn Tri­an­gle United Caps United High­landers Harare City Black Rhi­nos Herentals *ZPC Kariba Nichrut Bu­l­awayo Chiefs Yadah FC Stars Dy­namos Cha­pungu Mutare City Bu­l­awayo City Sha­banie Mine P W D L F 29 20 5 4 47 29 19 3 7 46 29 15 9 5 40 29 15 3 11 37 27 11 10 6 30 27 12 6 9 27 28 9 14 5 23 28 10 10 8 32 28 9 11 8 19 28 10 10 8 23 28 8 7 13 26 28 7 10 11 23 28 7 10 11 27 28 7 10 11 20 28 7 9 12 22 28 5 7 16 21 29 5 4 20 23 27 2 12 13 23 A 14 20 21 29 21 21 20 25 21 23 31 29 37 30 32 45 40 50 GD PTS 33 65 26 60 19 54 8 48 9 43 6 42 3 41 7 40 -2 38 0 37 -5 31 -6 31 -10 31 -10 31 -10 30 -24 22 -17 19 -27 18 at times left a lot to be de­sired.

The open­ing goal came af­ter Malvin Mukiwa’s cor­ner found an un­marked Farai Banda who volleyed in from in­side the box af­ter 15 min­utes of play.

Tri­an­gle’s de­fence was again at fault when Mbara was given space to shoot out­side the box for Black Rhino’s sec­ond goal in the 27th minute. Diminu­tive striker Lot Chi­unga headed in the third at the stroke of half­time to se­cure the points for Rhi­nos who had gone win­less in the last three matches. It was a wel­come win for Black Rhi­nos’ gaffer Her­bert Maruwa.

“It was a good game, es­pe­cially get­ting three points from Tri­an­gle; they are al­ways dif­fi­cult to beat,” he said.

“We man­aged to get the points, all credit to the boys for quickly re­cov­er­ing af­ter suf­fer­ing a heavy de­feat to Her­en­tials,” he said.

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