ZPC Kariba heap misery on Mawiwi

HARARE - 2013 CASTLE Premiership title contenders Harare City’s miserable start to the season continued  after slipping to their third straight 1-0 defeat of the season at the hands of newcomers ZPC kariba yesterday.

Artwell Nyamiwa was the hero again for ZPC Kariba following his late strike that gave the Zimbabwe Power Company-bankrolled side a shock 1-0 win over defending champions Dynamos last week.

This time Nyamiwa came off the bench to get his second goal of the season, getting to the end of Raphael Manuvire’s cross in the 80th minute.

Harare City coach Bigboy Mawiwi admitted this was not the kind of start to the season he had hoped for.

City started off their campaign with a 3-0 loss to Chicken and 2-1 defeat to CAPS United.

“It’s not a good start to the season at all. We were confident that we were going to pick our first set of points but it wasn’t to be,” Mawiwi told reporters after the match.

“We have to regroup and focus on the next fixture. We have to forget about this result. We have a tough game ahead of us and I have always said there are no easy games.

“All the same, I thought we were attacking but we were not aggressive enough.

“Maybe the game that we played in Bulawayo recently affected us. The long distance, and there was no time to rest. We also had five regular players that were not available for selection.

“It is a process. We did well last year, I can’t take anything away from that but this is a new season. It takes time,” he said.

ZPC Kariba coach Saul Chaminuka was ecstatic that his side has managed to fashion such a dream start.

Chaminuka hailed the spirit of his players, who despite poor preparations, have drawn against CAPS United and beaten Dynamos and now Harare City.

“We did not have the best preparations to the season. We are only facing Premiership teams for the first time. But I’m excited that my team is coping well,” Chaminuka said.

City barely fashioned any real scoring opportunities yesterday, failing to manage even a single shot on target the entire 90 minutes.

Besides the goal that separated the two sides, both sets of players will hope to improve on their game if they are too last the distance in the season.

There was one final twist as the game teetered to an end when ZPC Kariba defender Obey Mwerahari was sent off for second bookable offence by referee Josiah Masimira.

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Hlongwane - 22 April 2014

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