Hartley Academy edge Motoko Traders

HARARE - Zifa Eastern Region Division One League side Hartley Academy continued with their fine run after they came from behind to beat Mutoko Traders 2-1 here yesterday.

Mutoko Traders were the first to score through Gray Kufandada in the 25th minute.

The hosts, however, rallied back and equalised through Wellington Taderera two minutes later.

Impressive Kudakwashe Kumwela completed the comeback with wonderful half volley from outside the box midway throughway the second half.

With the win, Hartley moved into second position with 24 and only trail log leaders Masvingo United on goal difference.

After the match Mutoko Traders Coach Abraham Makawarimba cried foul and blamed the defeat on poor officiating.

“I think the match officials decided the game after he refused to award us that genuine goal and I think it affected our game,” he said.

“I think both teams played very well, it was a tight match, I am happy with the performance of my boys today.

“Our target this season is to survive relegation and I am confident that we are going to achieve our target because we have a good team.”

Hartley Academy assistant coach Herbert Maruwa praised his team for a good game.

“I think my boys played well today. We were aggressive and I think this helped us a lot in terms of getting goals,” he said.

“My boys are really playing good football and I’m enjoying by the way they are playing. I hope they will continue with this performance.

“Going forward, we are tacking each game seriously for now we can’t talk about the championship because we have many games to play before the end of the season.”

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