Tsholotsho sink deeper

BULAWAYO - Struggling Tsholotsho yesterday sunk deeper into the relegation zone after they were dispatched in their own backyard by visiting Harare City during a Castle Lager Premiership match here.

Goals in either half by Raphael Manuvire and Grey Kufandada were enough to see Moses Chunga’s side return to winning ways after they had gone for two consecutive matches without victory.

With the win, Harare City are now on position six on the log with 35 points while Tsholotsho remain etched second from the bottom with only 19 points.

With five games to go before the season ends, Lizwe Sweswe’s side now need a miracle to survive the chop.

Sweswe, however, remained optimistic despite the relegation woes.

“It left me asking myself a lot of questions, maybe it’s fatigue. After an away fixture and travelling from Harare, the boys did not come to the party,” he said.

“They were slow and always second to the ball.

“But anyway we are going back to the drawing board and see how best we can improve and avoid relegation.”

Chunga said: “It’s good to get back to winning ways after two successive defeats. It removes the pressure off my boys. All we wanted was to grind a result and that’s what my boys did.”

City threatened to run over the hosts right from the first whistle and it was no surprise when they opened the scoring through Manuvire just 13 minutes into the match.

Manuvire provided a fine finish from inside the box after he connected with a cross from Ronald Chitiyo.

On the half hour mark, Edwin Madhanaga’s header from a Manuvire corner kick was cleared off the line by Zimiseleni Moyo with Tsholotsho keeper Marion Chang a beaten man.

The Sunshine Boys continued to pile pressure for the better part of the first half creating a glut of chances but were let down by poor finishing.

In the second half, in a bid to overturn the arrears, Tsholotsho came back the stronger side playing impressive football, creating many chances but just like their opponents, the chances all went begging.

City, however, sealed the game as a contest five minutes before full time when they scored against the run of play through substitute Kufandada.

The striker scored from close range after he was set up by Tatenda Tumba.

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