ZPC Kariba on pole

HARARE - Call it fortune, luck or coincidence but ZPC Kariba had all that in abundance here yesterday after a fortuitous goal aided their cause and saw them shoot to the top of the Castle Premier League standings.

ZPC surged ahead and stayed in front through bizarre fashion after Triangle left back Jimmy Dzingai’s clearance deflected off Pride Tafirenyika and into the back of the net.

The ball looped over Triangle goalkeeper Ronald Mudimu to seal ZPC’s 12th win of the season, taking their tally to 47 points, one point above title rivals Dynamos who face Buffaloes this afternoon.

However, unlike in most of their previous outings in which they have gone on to win despite being on the back foot, this was a match Saul Chaminuka’s side dominated for large periods.

Tafirenyika was a particular a thorn in the flesh as his side dictated the pace in midfield.

He was, however, unfortunate to stir controversy at the dearth when he went down under the challenge of two Triangle defenders only for referee Pedzisai Chadya to somehow book him for diving.

The yellow card drew the wrath of the usually calm Chaminuka as it means he will be without one of his star players for his next game against FC Platinum.

Chaminuka, who uncharacteristically lashed out at Chadya in the heat of the moment, was seething after the match.

“I’m very excited for the result but not so much for the match officiating. I don’t know what match officials are thinking,” Chaminuka said.

“Pride was pulled for over 15 metres by two defenders and then when he finally succumbed he gets booked.  That yellow card means he is now out for our next game against FC Platinum but is that right? Maybe it’s because I love my boys too much but it seems the yellow cards are meant for my players only.”

Turning to the implications of the result to his team’s title aspirations, Chaminuka was remained evasive.

However, his celebration after the match, that saw hugs being thrown all over by the ZPC technical team rightfully puts into contest how important yesterday’s win was to the premiership debutants. 

“There is still work to be done, we are going to give our best short. For us it’s all about a top four finish and a chance to make a little money by playing in the Mbada Diamonds Cup,” Chaminuka said.

Triangle coach Biggie Zuze conceded his side was “unlucky.”

He, however, ruled out that the side’s OneWallet Cup win over Dynamos last weekend had instilled complacency amongst his charges.

“It was a tough game, we gave it our best but the result did not come out as we had expected. We have to regroup and collect maximum points in our next five games,” Zuze said.

Meanwhile, Blessings Mashaya reports from Rufaro Stadium where FC Platinum beat Harare City 2-0 courtesy of goals from Walter Musona and Donald Ngoma.

After the match FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza praised his players.

“We played very well, we managed to utilize chances which came on our way, my boys were awesome they showed so much confidence.

“I want also to give credit to Harare City played they played very well but we manage to control the game during the first half and after that we were more defensive.

“The youngsters are doing well and this gives competition in the team. We will continue improving as a team.”

In other matches, Chicken Inn beat Black Rhinos 2-0 in Bulawayo while Bantu Rovers defeated Chiredzi FC 1-0 at Chishamiso Stadium.

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