ZPC in pole position

HARARE - ZPC Kariba coach Saul Chaminuka has for the first time admitted that his team is now fighting for the championship after beating Harare City 2-3 to shoot to the top of the Castle Premier League here yesterday.

A first half brace from Limited Chikafa and a second half goal from Pride Tafirenyika were enough for the Kariba-based side to take over control of the Castle Premiership log leadership.

With the win, ZPC are now tied on 53 points with Dynamos, who are set to face relegation threatened Bantu Rovers this afternoon at Rufaro Stadium.

After the match Chaminuka was delighted with his team’s performance and believed that they now have a good chance of winning the title this season.

“With two games to go before the end of the season I can now safely say that we are now fighting for the championship,” Chaminuka told reporters.

“What is interesting is that we are going to face Dynamos in our next league fixture, if we win this game then our chances of winning the title will be high.

“We need to win that game at all cost because our eyes are now on the championship.

“For today I think the boys played very well taking into consideration that most of them are not familiar with this artificial turf, this is our first game at Rufaro.

“We need to play our next game to be played at Gwanzura because this turf causes many injuries today.

“We are still very much in the run for the league title all we need to do is have team work, focus and work hard.”

His opposite number Masimba Dinyero bemoaned the missed chances.

“We created a number of chances that could have brought us back into the match but we failed to capitalise,” he said.

“Also I think we lacked concentration in all the goals we conceded today, we controlled the game in the first half we could have won this game but it happens in football. We need to go back to the drawing back and work on our mistakes.

“For relegation I think we still have two games to play, we need to work very hard because these will be tricky fixture but we have high chances of surviving relegation at the end of the season.”

The match started fairly balanced with both teams looking for an early goal.

It was ZPC who break the deadlock after 15 minutes when Chikafa scored with a free kick outside the box.

Four minutes later City replied through defender Arnold Chivheya, who also scored with a spectacular free kick from outside the box.

After conceding the equaliser, ZPC began to control the game and deservedly got their second goal a minute before the break when Chikafa completed his brace.

The former CAPS United and Triangle striker beat a number of defenders from the left flank before firing in a shot City goalkeeper Nomore John.

After the breather ZPC took from where they left and their third goal did not came as a surprise after Tafirenyika received an inviting pass from Tawanda Nyamandwe before scoring with a low shot.

A minute later, Francisco Zekumbawire brought City back into the game after he beat Denis Dauda before beating ZPC Kariba goalkeeper Moses Mateyaunga with a powerful shot.

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zpc well done so far but please do not do what harare city did last year,that is to tire in the last game.we neutrals want a competative league in which all teams can win the league not only one. its time and zpc to break the tread in 2014.

fishmonger - 3 November 2014

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