Shabanie hammer sorry Bantu

BULAWAYO - Bantu Rovers coach Methembe Ndlovu admitted that his side’s chances of surviving relegation were all but over after they were thumped 1-4 by Shabanie Mine here yesterday.

“The loss was so disappointing. We can’t be talking of survival now. I think we are out of it.” Ndlovu said after the match.

With four games to go before the end of the season, Rover only have 21 points and it looks all over for the Bulawayo-based side.

For the asbestos miners the win meant that they eased their relagation worries for a bit as they moved to 32 points in 11th place.

Yesterday, Shabanie started the match like a house on fire, attacking from all angles. Their efforts were rewarded as early as the fifth minute when Wellington Mudyariwa scored the opener after he was set by man-of-the-match Xolani Ncube

The visitors were got their second in the 22nd minute when Michael Majega took advantage of poor clearance by Hebert Dick inside the penalty box.

Ncube again had made a solo run into the box and sent an inviting cross. Dick failed to properly deal with the cross and the ball fell kindly on Mageja, who made no mistake from close range.

Five minutes later, Ncube was on the score sheet after a quick Shabanie counter attack that also involved Douglas Sibanda.

In the second half, Shabanie were sitting back allowing Bantu all the possession and waiting to attack on the break.

Once again, the home side were caught on the break in the 78th minute when GodknowsMurwira dispossessed Moses Majika in the Shabanie penalty box.

The defender sent a long ball to substitute Allan Tavarwisa, who then spotted an unmarked Ncube in the box.

Ncube completed his brace with an easy finish past the Rovers keeper Takunda Mutanga.

Bantu got their consolation goal in the fifth minute of added time through Teenage Hadebe.

After the match the Shabanie coach JairosTapera praised his players for the good display

“This was a good game by the players. We really needed to win at all cost. This win makes it easy to see where we are going and where we want to be, come the end of the season,” he said.

“We will take each game as it comes and fight to stay in the league. With such a display like today, we are indeed in the right direction.”

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