Winning start for Ngezi

MUTARE - Ngezi Platinum Stars emerged victorious in the battle of the Castle Lager Premiership new boys after thumping fellow debutants Mutare City Rovers 3-0 in a one-sided on Sunday.

The platinum miners had the match pretty much wrapped up inside the opening quarter of an hour after racing into a 2-0 lead.

Innocent Sokisi slotted home a penalty in the 13th minute and Terence Dzukamanja tapped in the second two minutes later.

Washington Pakamisa rounded off the scoring seven minutes before the end to give Clifton Kadurira’s men all three points.

After the match, Kadurira said: “We started very well in the first ten minutes and we are pleased with the win. We managed to control the entire game… our focus is to avoid relegation.”

The platinum miners completely outplayed the municipal side which was woeful in all areas all afternoon and hardly offered any resistance.

Although both teams were playing their debut match in the top flight, the gulf in class was very evident as the Rovers players looked out of depth.

Ngezi threatened from the onset and it was no surprise when the home side’s captain Mike Nyamukasa desperately hacked down a goal-bound Sokisi inside the box, who dusted himself to beat Phillip Nhete from the penalty spot.

The visitors were to double their lead two minutes later when Dzukamanja had the easiest tasks of taping in a James Nguluve low cross with a stretched Magusha defence in sixes and sevens.

Derby Duri and Kudakwashe Gurure had good chances to reduce the deficit for Magusha but they all fluffed their lines.

Ngezi goalkeeper Tinashe Matore also produced a good save to save a powerful shot from Sam Musimbu.

In the second period, Rovers felt hard done by the referee Tinashe Marange, who ignored their penalty appeals after Davison Tavari apparently blocked with his hand a Stephen Sibanda cross in the 60th minute.

After that, the home side continued with their woeful display as they failed to apply pressure on Matore’s goal.

With the match heading towards the end, Pakamisa extended Ngezi’s lead when he finished brilliantly to beat Nhete after a beautiful passing display by the visitors.

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