From Ngezi, Mhondoro – NGEZI Platinum fired warning shots with a 4-1 demolition of a battling Hwange in a Castle Lager Premiership showdown at the Boabab Stadium on Sunday. The win saw Ngezi bouncing back to the top of league table.
By Tafadzwa Ndiraire
Hwange had started brightly carving out good chances and it did not come as a surprise went into lead on nine minutes, Shephered Gadzikwa heading home off a wonderful cross from the left by Nomore Chinyerere.
The lead, however, proved temporary, as captain Partson Jaure planted a downward header a minute later, profiting from a corner kick by Godknows Murwira. Hwange however, refused to be cowed into submision, and Chinyerere nearly doubled the lead after twelve minutes with a powerful grounder but goalkeeper Nelson Chadya was equal to the task.
On 29 minutes, Tichaona Mabvura’s hopeful long range shot was saved by the Hwange goalkeeper Taimon Mvula. But two minutes later, Godknows Murwira doubled the lead with a rasping shot that had the beautiful Baobab stadium up in acknowledgement.
At this stage, the home team practically camped in their opponents goal, exhibiting the determination of a bee and the spirit of an ant, as they bombarded their opponents with an assortment of shots.
And on 33 minutes Terrence Dzukamanja, scorer of a brace in the 4-2 defeat of Black Rhinos last week weighed in with the third, turning his marker before unleashing a low ground shot that beat the goalkeeper to find its way into the nets.
In the second half, the home team looked even hungrier for more goals and Qard Amin taped the ball home from close range after 51 minutes from a cross by Murwira to sew up the tie .
Mukanga watched his spectacular scissors kick crashing against the cross bar six minutes later as the home team continue to pile on the pressure.
Ngezi Platinum coach Tonderai Ndiraya praised his charges though he expressed disappointment with the way his charges
“I must say its good to win at home. We have done that several times.Its refreshing, we want to keep pushing and see where it takes us by the end of the season. It was a good game. We have seen what Bigboy Mawiwi is trying to do at Hwange. It was not an easy game. They gave us a very good fight. Ofcourse we scored some beautiful goals but we are disappointed as a team with the way we are conceding goals. We have to keep it tight at the back. We want to keep pushing and see where it will take us by the end of the season. But look its an open championship. We are not talking about that yet. We dont want to talk about things we dont have control over. There are still many games to be played,” said Ndiraya.
Mawiwi whose side defeated Tsholotsho 4-0 in the previous match blamed his side for conceding after a strong start.
He, however, acknowledged they lost to a better team and promised they would bounce back.
Teams: Ngezi Platinum :N Chadya, W Mukanga, A Dzukamanja,( M Manlenkosi 85′), P Jaure, L Chakoroma, (X Moyo 76′), G Murwira, K Murera, T Mabvura, D Tavari, Q Amini, A Clive (M Kwinjo 76′).
Hwange: T Mvula, M Kupakwashe, ( Chrispen 38′), W Munoreverei, (N Ziwin 46′)O Moyo, G Ndlovu, A Chuma, S Gadzikwa, C Muleya, (E Meleka 67′), C Muvhuti, N Chinyerere, J Kaunda