Maglasi double inspires Harare City

HARARE - Benson Maglasi rose from the bench to score a second half brace as Harare City beat plucky Dongo Sawmills 2-0 in a Castle Premiership match here yesterday.

After replacing Timire Mamvura in the 61st minute Maglasi needed only four minutes to break Dongo’s resistance when he latched onto Kuda Kumwali square ball directing it into an empty net.

The former Aces Youth Academy product then got his second 10 minutes from time when he controlled a Francesco Zekumbawira cross from the left to coolly slot home and ensure maximum points for Taurai Mangwiro’s charges.

With Dongo Sawmills solid in defence and stifling in midfield, the Sunshine Boys were made to sweat for the maximum points.

It was another important victory for the Sunshine Boys who continue with their resurgence after enduring an indifferent first half of the season.

In their last league match City beat CAPS United 1-0 and their assistant coach Witness Mnkuli praised his team’s performance.

“I thought the players did really well,” he said. “They came out to play, they came out to win and they took it to Dongo, who didn’t lay down and played really well.

“We really wanted it. The boys played like they really wanted to win and that was the difference. I’m happy for them. I am sure the boys will maintain the consistence going forward.   

“We just want to keep on collecting maximum points and see what happens at the end of the season. It was also a good performance by the boys who replaced injured players and suspended.”

Dongo Sawmills assistant coach Dananai Chinowawa blamed the defeat on poor defending.

“Silly mistakes cost us the game. We had had done well to contain them but our defence gave away the goals. We had a change to even go to half time leading and I think it could have changed everything.

“We are worried because the rate at which we are losing points is just bad. I think its high time we start picking up maximum points otherwise it will be too late.”

In truth, City could have won by a bigger margin after kept their opponents at bay for almost the entire match. They were however let down by their strike force.

There were also some positives to draw for City coach Mangwiro from his new signing Kuda Mumwala who had a good afternoon and was unfortunate not to hit the back of the net.

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