ZPC respond by beating Bantu

HARARE - ZPC Kariba responded to their first defeat of the season in midweek with an emphatic 2-0 victory over Bantu Rovers to go top on the Castle Premiership log here on Saturday.

Goals from Norest Mkwezaramba and Obey Mwerahari were enough for ZPC to remain in the title race equation.

ZPC now lead the log standings with 38 points, two ahead of second placed Dynamos who are set to fulfill their fixture today against Triangle.

After the match ZPC coach Saul Chaminuka was delighted with his team’s performance.

“We lost two previous games when I was attending the CAF A Licence course, but what was important for us was to bounce back and I am happy with today’s win.

“Everyone in the team is doing a great job from the players, technical department up to the executive.

“I think the last two defeats energized my boys to do well in this game and I hope this win will give us more confidence going into our next fixtures.”

Chaminuka insisted that they are only fighting against relegation despite proving that they have a say on the title race.

“We need to survive relegation, I think we need to get at least 40 points and we can start saying that we have survived the chop but for now our aim is to survive,” he said.

“The race is still open for everyone and us included but as for us I cannot talk about winning the championship now because we have more games to play before we are certain that we have survived relegation.”

Bantu Rovers coach Mathembe Ndlovu admitted his side was now walking on a tight rope and their chances of survival were now slim.

Rovers are one place off the bottom of the log with 16 points from 21 matches.

“We are outsiders now, we have lost many games, we need to remain focused and put our maximum effort in the remaining matches, you will never know anything can happen” Ndlovu said after the match.

“I think we have a crisis of confidence in many matches we played well but at the end of the day goals are not coming.

“My job now is to instill confidence to my players and in football you must look for positives and negative results but we will remain focused.”

Bantu Rovers started the match a better side but failed to turn their dominance into goals and they were duly punished in the 32th minute after Mkwezaramba found himself with acres of space which he exploited.

The tricky midfielder fired from outside the box with Nqobizitha Masuku deflecting the effort that caught his goalkeeper Takunda Mutangi wrong-footed.

After the breather ZPC controlled the game and registered their second goal in the 73th minute after Mwerehari utilised a lack of concentration from Bantu defenders before firing a shot past Mutangi.

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