Rovers choke Triangle

MUTARE - Relegation-threatened Mutare City Rovers showed their intent to survive the dreaded chop when they cruised past Triangle with a comfortable win in an exciting Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match here yesterday.

Taku Shariwa’s charges scored in either side of the half through a penalty conversion by Aggripa Murimba before second half substitute Wonder Sithole sealed the win. 

The win takes Mutare City’s points tally to 20 from 23 matches and lifts them above Tsholotsho who had leapfrogged them following their victory on Saturday.

Defeat, however, complicates David Mandigora’s stay in the Lowveld as it is his fourth on the trot.

As if to add insult to injury, Nelson Maziwisa fluffed a second half penalty.

Murimba had buried his spot kick in the 27th minute with Sithole putting the game beyond the visitors reach in the 63rd minute.

Shariwa expressed relief at the win as his side push for premiership survival.

"We came into the match under pressure after Tsholotsho won yesterday (Saturday). We are now ahead of them, we played well and the players were passing well , that is what we need because we want to stay in the Premier League," he said.

Mandigora was on the other hand was devastated.

“We are not playing well, we have lost four games in a row and it’s not good for a good club like Triangle. I am now under pressure because going for games without a win is not good,’’he said.

The game had began with both teams exercising caution but Magusha had the first chance in the 13th minute when Chastern Ndongonda blazed wide with the visitors goalkeeper Ronald Mudimu at his mercy.

Mutare City were, however, to go ahead in the 27th minute as referee Josiah Masimire pointed to the spot after Donald Dzvinyai hacked down Russell Madamombe inside the box.

The match then went to the breather with neither side creating any real chances.

In the second half, Triangle came back with greater intent as they pushed for an equaliser.

Tichaona Mapungwana’s 47th minute effort was acrobatically tipped over the bar by Magusha shot stopper Phillip Nhete.

Their pressing game almost paid dividends after Malvern Gaki was brought down inside the box only for Maziwisa’s effort to be saved by Nhete.

Rovers made use of a brilliant counter attack in the 63rd minute after Sithole who had come in for Gurure in the 57th minute scored a volley from the edge of the opposition’s box.

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