Bantu hand Chapungu first home defeat

GWERU - Chapungu coach John Nyikadzino was left fuming at match officials after watching his charges suffer their first home defeat at the hands of relegation-threatened Bantu Rovers going down 2-3 here yesterday.

Until yesterday’s match, the Gweru-based side had not lost a game at Ascot this season but second half goals from Zephaniah Ngodzo, Goodwill Moraka and a Nqobizitha Masuka penalty was enough to condemn the airmen.

Chapungu, who hold Dynamos last weekend to a 1-1 draw in Harare, got their goals from the boot of Blessing Zabula and Charles Murisa, who converted from the spot kick.

The draw complicates things for Chapungu, who are still not safe from relegation while giving Bantu Rovers a slim in their fight for survival.

With the win Rovers kept their hopes of surviving the drop as they moved to 24 points with three games to go before the season ends.

Chapungu can still face the chop since they are on 33 points and need to pick up at least a few more point s to avoid the drop.

Nyikadzino had no kind words however for the match official Mlindeli Ndebele whom he accused of bias towards the visitors.

“Let me make it clear that I was not impressed by the officiating,” he said after the match.

“Of course I am not the best person to comment about the match officials but like seriously, how can we get all match officials from Bulawayo when we are playing a team from that side?

Nyikadzino added: “We need to quickly forget about this defeat although it hurts especially losing our first match at home.

“We have to look forward and we are now looking forward to our next match against How Mine. We need to get as many points as we can from the remaining matches.

“I am confident we can survive relegation but we need to stay focussed because coming into this match we had drawn with Dynamos and most of the guys were complacent.”

Bantu Rovers coach Mandla Mpofu hailed his team’s performance although he admitted they now need more than a miracle to survive relegation.

“We played well today. We were not under any pressure,” he said.

“It’s very unfortunate because this is how we have been playing but somehow we were losing matches. I think we still have mathematical chances of surviving but it’s now difficult.”

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