Mufakose beat New Orleans

BULAWAYO - Mufakose Queens narrowly edged New Orleans in a Marange Diamonds National Women’s Football League encounter to move within a single point behind log leaders Black Rhinos.

Rutendo Matongorere struck the winner for the visitors on 55 minutes after being sent through by Lydia Mapungure.

The home side felt hard done by the match officials as they claimed Matongorere was in an offside position when she received the pass from Mapungure.

“It was a balanced affair and a draw would have been a fair result. The match officials decided the fate of the match because that goal should have been ruled out for offside,” New Orleans coach Sithethelelwe Sibanda said.

The script could have been different however, had the New Orleans attackers utilised the chances that came their way at the beginning of the match.

Harmony Ndlovu and Happiness Ndlovu failed to do justice to a couple of chances that were created by the hardworking Nokuthula Maroe Ndlovu in the first quarter of the match.

And as the visitors settled Matongorere and Michelle Hwambo wasted glorious opportunities to put the visitors ahead towards the half hour mark.

Impressive New Orleans defender Prisca Khumalo rescued her side on 26 minutes when she made a goal line clearance to deny Nomsa Bizeki.

The Mufakose forward had beaten an ill-timed off side trap before dribbling past New Orleans keeper Portia Mukucha but her weak effort was swept away by Khumalo before it had crossed the goal line.

Mukucha made sure the two teams went into the half time break deadlocked when she punched away a tricky free kick taken by Ruvimbo Mutyavaviri on 38 minutes.

The Young Mighty Warriors shot stopper could not stop Matongorere from grabbing the only goal of the day ten minutes after the restart despite rushing out of her area in a bid to close down the attacker before she could open fire.

The visitors grew in confidence after their goal and impressed neutrals with their passing game.

Black Rhinos lead the standings with 32 points from 14 games while Mufakose have 31 points from 15 games.

Third-placed Inline Academy have 29 points after playing 14 matches. - Sakheleni Nxumalo

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