ZPC Kariba back on track

HARARE - ZPC Kariba remained in the hunt for the league title in their maiden year in the topflight by dispatching Buffaloes 3-1 here yesterday.

The Saul Chaminuka-coached men shook off the hangover from the 0-2 Mandava defeat to remain on the coattails of defending champions Dynamos.

“I think I’m now relieved and positive that we will be able to finish  in the top four. What we just need to do now is to pick one win from the remaining three games and if we can do that then it would be confirmed that we will finish in the top four,” Chaminuka told reporters after the match.

The day had started well for Chaminuka with veteran striker Limited Chikafa thrusting the side into the lead after 31 minutes.

Midfielder Norest Mkwezaramba slotted into an empty net after benefiting from Buffaloes goalkeeper Itayi Chiwara’s blunder in the 43rd minute.

The title aspirants went to the breather with a healthy 2-0 lead and soon after the break Moses Makanje got the insurance goal in the 56 minute when he headed past Chiwara at his near side.

Chiwara could have done better to hold onto the harmless looking header but the afternoon remained one to forget for the former CAPS United goal minder.

He was eventually substituted in the 59th minute for Blessing Mwandimutsira who did well not to concede further.

The soldiers got their consolation goal five minutes from full time through a cracking long range shot from second half substitute Lloyd Katongomara.

Moses Chunga, Buffaloes coach slammed his players for a lacklustre first half display saying even 50-year-olds would have played better.

“If you watched our performance in the second half, we matched them pound for pound and had acres of space and as for our first half performance; even 50-year-olds would have played better than we did in the first half.”

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