Bantu Rovers beat Chapungu

BULAWAYO - Chapungu head coach John Nyikadzino was left a disappointed man after his players put up what he described as a complacent performance when going down to fellow Castle Premiership returnees Bantu Rovers here yesterday.

The airmen failed to recover after conceding twice in the first quarter of the game with the Bantu opener coming just 35 seconds into the game through Obadiah Tarumbwa while the second was scored by Proud Zireni on 14 minutes.

“The players thought it was going to be an easy game considering that we played well against teams of notable character in our previous games and let complacency creep into their game.

“As a result they went to sleep and conceded two early silly goals and at this level you get punished when you underrate your opponents,” Nyikadzino said.

The first goal was created by veteran winger Fortune Ncube whose cut in deflected off Bantu centre striker Siza Dube and was finished off by Tarumbwa as it crossed the goalline.

Ncube also had a hand in Tshintsha Guluva’s second goal after his long throw in found Zireni whose flashing header beat left Chapungu keeper Roy Mazingi stranded.

And upon realising that things were not going their way, Chapungu introduced Callisto Maheya for the ineffective Tichaona Munyen’enyi on 23 minutes but the move did not pay dividends as the airmen seemed like they were feeling the effects of the chilly weather and failed to raise their game.

After the break the game degenerated into a drab affair largely due to the rain that began to fall just before the restart.

The only notable incident in the second stanza was Mazingi’s point blank save to deny Tarumbwa off a Zireni through pass.

Bantu Rovers assistant coach Mandla Mpofu expressed joy at his team’s win but admitted that the match had lacked in quality.

“As Bantu Rovers we are happy with the three points that we got today. The game was scrappy and sloppy at times but I must say that this was a tough match as Chapungu gave us a torrid time but I am happy with the overall result,” Mpofu said.

Rovers improved their points tally to six following their victory over Chapungu and will play Shabanie Mine in their next match.

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