Bantu lose season opener to Rhinos

BULAWAYO - Bantu Rovers head coach Methembe Ndlovu was man enough to admit that he was outfoxed by his opposite number Arthur Tutani after the top-flight returnees lost to Black Rhinos 1-0 in a 2014 Castle Premiership opener at Luveve Stadium on Saturday.

Rovers dominated proceedings in the first half despite falling behind on 18 minutes when Brian Muzondiwa grabbed the first goal of the season after winning a tussle for possession against Bantu defender Proud Zireni and slotting the ball home from inside the six yard box.

BATTLE: Bantu Rovers captain Nqobizitha Masuku, left, tussles for the ball with Milton Kureva, right, of Black Rhinos during Saturday’s match.

"It’s down to me really. We played well in the first half and controlled proceedings but in the second half we just could not figure out a system to create chances.

"It is disappointing to lose but I am happy with the way the players performed and I take responsibility for the loss," Ndlovu told reporters after the match.

The army side's head coach Tutani was gracious in victory and admitted that his side had played second fiddle to Bantu in the first half.

"It was a good game. Bantu has got a good youthful side but Rhinos just managed to collect the three points.

"We were very wasteful but the most important thing was the defending as we defended well as a team," Tutani said.

The army side could have won by a wide margin had their forwards capitalised on the numerous chances that they created in the second half as the Bantu central defence pairing of Zephania Ngodzo and Zireni struggled to deal with their quick counter attacks.

Lot Chiwunga was the chief culprit as he blew a couple of good chances that could have given his side some breathing space.

Rhinos' failure to extend their lead did not come back to haunt them though as Bantu were not an attacking threat at all in the second half.

Bantu face tough opponents in their next two encounters as they play How Mine in their next league match before clashing with defending champions Dynamos in their third game of the season.


Bantu Rovers: Takunda Mutanga, Lawson Nkomo, Emberton Tshuma, Proud Zireni,Zephaniah Ngodzo, Tafadzwa Ngwena (Patrick Mpofu 77 min), NqobizithaMasuku, Tafadzwa Kutinyu, Fortune Ncube, Moses Majika (Bukhosi Sibanda54 min), Obediah Tarumbwa (Mthabisi Tshuma 87 min)

Black Rhinos: Jonathan Zvaita, James Mukombwe, Milton Kureva, Shadrack Jimu, BruceHomora, Wonder Kapinda, Brian Muzondiwa, Martin Mine (Trevor Ajana 54min), Wilson Chakanyuka, Philip Marufu (Trust Machacha 58 min), LotChiwunga

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