Manondo dazzles for City

HARARE - William Manondo scored one and created three as Harare City wiped away the hurt of losing last week’s opening match of the season with a convincing win 4-1 against Mutare City Rovers at Rufaro Stadium on Friday.

The Sunshine Boys looked more fluent than they have in their failed African Confederation Cup campaign and opening 0-1 defeat to Triangle but still initially struggled in the final third in the early stages of yesterday’s match.

However, Manondo, who was a late replacement for injured Ronald Chitiyo in the starting line-up, opened the scoring on 29 minutes after heading home a Raphael Manuvire free kick.

Five minutes later the two players combined again and this time it was Manuvire who got to the end of a Manondo cross from the right side.

City strengthened their grip on the game in the second half when James Jam added the third on 56 minutes after connecting a Manondo cross from the right.

Rovers’ Kudakwashe Gurure pulled one back for the visitors on 59 minutes with a beautiful shot from the edge of the box following some sloppy defending by the Sunshine Boys.

However, City’s second half substitute Jerry Chipangura added the fourth six minutes from time to ensure maximum points for Taurai Mangwiro’s men.

Mangwiro praised his charges for the win while singling out Manondo for a flawless performance.

“I am happy we managed to win especially after last week’s defeat,” Mangwiro said after the match.

“It was a good match for the boys, particularly William (Manondo). He replaced Chitiyo moments before the game and he justified his inclusion. I think it was important for him in as far his confidence is concerned.

“He scored one and provided the other three goals. We hope to maintain the same form going forward.”

Mutare City Rovers manager Ishe Nengomasha admitted they are founding it difficult in the top flight league but is confident they will get it right.

“We are having a rude awakening,” Nengomasha said. “We have experienced players in our team and we hope to start winning soon. Just that today we conceded some silly goals.”     

Rovers have now conceded seven goals in their opening two matches of the season after losing 0-3 to Ngezi Platinum Stars in their opening game last weekend at Sakubva Stadium.

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