Border Strikers woes mount

BULAWAYO - A spectacular strike from second half substitute Humphrey Ncube was all Bulawayo City needed to further compound bottom-placed side Border Strikers to their 12th defeat from 14 matches.

Ncube, son to Kaizer Chiefs legend Robson Muchichwa, replaced Sipho Ndlovu at the start of the second half and ended up being the home side’s hero.

After having being denied by the impressive visitors goalkeeper Talent Sundae, City finally broke the deadlock in the 66th minute.

The visitors failed to properly clear the ball from their defence and the ball fell on the path of Ncube, who then hit a grounder from about 25 metres to beat Sundae.

The match started on a slow note with both sides playing a cautious game.

City failed to stamp their authority in midfield as have been witnessed in their past matches where the usually enterprising captain Xolisani Moyo dismally failed to rise to the occasion.

On the other side, Border Strikers played some intricate football; building from the back but they lacked the killer instinct in front of goal with strikers Willian Nyoni and Munyaradzi Chirape hardly getting chances to shoot at Liberty Chirava’s goal.

In the second half Amakhosi came back a better side after the introduction of Ncube and it was no surprise when they scored.

After the match, Bulawayo City coach Philani Ncube was a relieved man.

“There is no bad win. We wanted the three points but we knew that it was going to be difficult since we are all coming from Division One,” h said.

“We managed to fight and scrap through but we had to dig dip.”

Border Strikers coach Never Malunga said: “It was a tight match. It’s very painful because of the calibre of players that we have who are very hard working. We conceded due to lack of concentration in the middle of the pack when we failed to defend the second goal.”

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