Manuvire in nasty injury

HARARE - Despite his side maintaining their unbeaten run, ZPC Kariba coach Saul Chaminuka left Gwanzura Stadium a disappointed man after his key striker Raphel Manuvire suffered a horrific injury in their  win over Chapungu yesterday.

Manuvire was injured in 78th minute after Blessed Mbavarira lunged at the forward with a bad tackle, referee Pedzisayi Chadya was quick to show Mbavarira second yellow card.

Chaminuka failed to control his emotions and run onto the pitch, however, his players restrained the well-travelled coach.

Manuvire, who has been ZPC’s standout player this season, is likely to be out of action for a number of months after yesterday’s injury.

ZPC Kariba had found their only goal in the 24th minute after Limited Chikafa scored with a long range shot to extent their unbeaten run to eleven games in their debut season in the top-flight league.

“This not football we came here to play the game and express ourselves and it is very disappointing that some people have a different mission,” Chaminuka said of Mbavarira’s tackle on Manuvire.

“In the game of football we do not tolerate such stupid incidents. It’s not good at all. I don’t know what his coach is going to say.

“If he was my player, I was going to offload him because tackling is a technique. It’s a skill which every coach wishes his players to be good tacklers of the ball.

“We must know that we are competing, we are not fighting like it’s not war.” 

Chaminuka hails his players for maintaining their unbeaten run.

“This is a good performance from my boys. We want to try to go all the way and never lose, come next season we need to polish our squad and fight for the silverware,” he said.

“For this season we only want to avoid relegation and even finish in the top eight even top four.”

Chapungu coach John Nyikadzino bemoaned his side’s missed chances against the Kariba-based side.

“We failed to utilise our chances and in football if you fail to utilise chances you will pay the price at the end,” he said.

“Definitely the control of the game was affected after we were reduced to 10 men maybe we were going to equalise.

“But he (Mbavarira) deserved the red card, the referee was right to give him a red card.”

ZPC started the match on a bright note and were able to break the dead lock when Chikafa received a pass just outside the box before firing past Chapungu goalkeeper Polite Sibanda.

In the second half, both teams squandered several chances with ZPC’s Pride Tafirenyika  a chief culprit.

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