Dou­ble blow for Ngezi

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ta­dious Manyepo Sports Reporter

HIGH-FLY­ING Ngezi Plat­inum Stars have been dealt a dou­ble blow ahead of their tricky tie against Bu­l­awayo City at Baobab to­mor­row as they will be with­out the mid­field duo of Xolisani Moyo and Wal­ter Mukanga due to sus­pen­sion.

The log lead­ers are still walk­ing with a spring in their step fol­low­ing their maiden Pre­mier­ship vic­tory over CAPS United last week­end.

Ton­derai Ndi­raya’s men have picked 29 points from 11 matches and are three points ahead of sec­ond-placed FC Plat­inum.

They march into to­mor­row’s match on the back of a 30-match un­beaten run at their Baobab fortress.

For good mea­sure, the Mhon­doro side have not lost at home since coach Ton­derai Ndi­raya took over the reins at the plat­inum min­ers.

But they will have to do with­out Moyo, who has found the tar­get three times, af­ter he was cau­tioned in the team’s iden­ti­cal 1-0 wins over Nichrut and Dy­namos be­fore be­ing shown the yel­low card in the 2-1 win over Makepekepe last Sun­day.

Mukanga was cau­tioned in the team’s 1-0 home win over Chicken Inn, away 1-1 stale­mate to Sha­banie and the win against CAPS United.

“Moyo (Xolisani) and Mukanga (Wal­ter) are two very im­por­tant mem­bers of the team who have al­ways done well since the start of the sea­son,” said Ndi­raya.

“They have con­trib­uted im­mensely to the team so far this sea­son and it’s a pity they won’t be part and par­cel of the team in Satur­day’s bat­tle against Bu­l­awayo City at home.

“Ev­ery coach wants to have all his play­ers avail­able for se­lec­tion in ev­ery game. But, look, they are sus­pended af­ter hav­ing ac­cu­mu­lated three yel­low cards.

“It’s part of the game and I am sure those who will be se­lected to re­place the duo will do well.

“We are a club who regis­tered al­most 26 play­ers.”

God­knows Mur­wira, who was in­jured in a freak ac­ci­dent af­ter the team’s match against Nichrut over the Easter hol­i­days, is back to full fit­ness and could be thrust into ac­tion in to­mor­row’s en­counter.

Mur­wira’s right-back role has been played by Kelvin Bu­laji who has been do­ing well.

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