Byo City beat Mutare Rovers

BULAWAYO - Bulawayo City edged fellow premiership debutants Mutare City in a Castle Lager Premiership match at Barbourfields Stadium yesterday.

Mkhululi Moyo scored the all-important goal towards the end of the first half as Amakhosi completed the double over the relegation-threatened Mutare-based side.

The home side finished the match a man-down after their captain Xolisani Moyo was sent off for a dive towards the end of the match.

After the match, caretaker Bulawayo City coach Try Ncube said: “It was a tough game. Mutare City is a good side. They troubled us with strength and height and we had to rely more on keeping the ball on the ground.”

Mutare City coach Taku Shariwa is still hopeful they will survive the drop at the end of the season.

“Our chances of survival are very high. We have 24 points to play for and we can survive,” Shariwa said.

“In the first half, we gave them too much space to play and we failed to track them inside the box and they scored. Losing is part of the game. What is more important is for us to rise from here.”

Bulawayo City started the match with an upper hand as Moyo dictated proceedings in midfield.

The home team managed to create several goal scoring opportunities but their blunt strike force took turns to miss.

Amakhosi were finally able break the deadlock when in added time of the first half when Emmanuel Mandiranga and Trevor Moyo had a good interchange of passes eliminating Mutare defenders.

The ball fell kindly to Mkhululi Moyo who beat Rovers goalkeeper Philip Nhete from the edge of the box.

In the second half, Bulawayo City continued from where they left in the first half as they created numerous scoring chances but lacked accuracy upfront.

On the hour mark, Welcome Ndiweni missed a gilt-edged chance inside the box to deny his team a second goal.

Mandiranga wasted another glorious scoring opportunity for Bulawayo City when he shot wide from inside the box after a good move involving him, Trevor Ndlovu and Xolisani Moyo.

Mutare City then came back into the game as they threw everything at Amakhosi.

The home side’s keeper Ndodana Sibanda made several saves in the box after a brilliant move initiated by Agrippa Murimba.

The visitors’ forward beat a cluster of defenders before unleashing a shot that was parried back into play by Sibanda and from the rebound Mutare hit the crossbar following a melee.

Meanwhile, Tsholotsho beat How Mine 2-1 at Luveve Stadium while log leaders FC Platinum held out for a 1-1 draw away at ZPC Kariba at Nyamhunga Stadium.

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