Rangers, Monoz in stalemate

HARARE - Blue Rangers coach Partson Ndabambi was left fuming at his players after they let Monomotapa off the hook in yesterday’s drawn Castle Premiership match.

After falling behind to Kuda Musharu’s first half goal, Rangers rallied back in the second half and deservedly got their equaliser through Norest Mkwezaramba.

Ndabambi’s team, however, failed to make their dominance count in the second period as they wasted numerous opportunities to grab the winner.

The draw leaves Rangers deep in the relegation mix in 15th place on the log with 15 points, while Monomotapa’s title charge seem to be wilting at this stage.

Monomotapa dropped into fourth place on 37 points after they were leaped frogged by Shabanie Mine, who beat Hwange 2-1 at Maglas yesterday.

After the match, Ndabambi said: “We were our own waste enemies today because we conceded just before halftime. If we had gone into the break with the scoreline at 0-0, we should have won this match. We managed to come back in the second period a better side after I told the boys that we need to be quicker. We are still in with a fight and I’m sure we will fight until the bitter end.”

Monomotapa were in control of the first half with Joseph Mutambiranwa, Musharu and Makai Kawashu causing problems to the Rangers defence.

Goalkeeper Pedzisai Gumiremhete kept the home side in the game by making a number of good saves to deny the trio.

There was, however, nothing Gumiremhete could do to keep Musharu at bay on the stroke of halftime.
The forward produce a wonder strike when he connected on the volley a cross from Hilary Mugoniwa to give the 2008 champions the lead.

Rangers came back in the second half a better side and restored parity in the 68th minute through Mkwezaramba’s delightful solo effort.

The former CAPS United and Lengthens winger beat Monomotapa goalkeeper Artwell Mukandi with a low shot after skilfully beating two defenders on the break.


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