Border Strikers relegated

MUTARE - Mutare City were clinical in front of goal to seal the fate of whipping boys Border Strikers, who are now confirmed as relegated out of the Castle Lager Premiership after yesterday’s loss.

Steven Sibanda, Chasten Ndongonda and Kudakwashe Gurure scored for the hosts as they continued their spirited fight against the drop.

Border Strikers gaffer Luke Masomere controversially welcomed the relegation saying his team did not deserve to stay in the top flight league.

“I personally feel this team does not belong in the Premier Soccer League. We are going where we ought to be in terms of everything,” Masomere said.

Rovers coach Taku Shariwa remained modest of his side’s chances of avoiding the drop as news filtered in of Tsholotsho’s win over Chapungu which keeps them two points adrift of his side.

“We hope to build on this win after two consecutive draws…the match that could decide our fate is the one against Dynamos during a time when they (Tsholotsho) also play Highlanders,” Shariwa said. 

Sibanda opened the scoring inside 50 seconds when he headed past an out-of-sorts Gilbert Chigwandaza in goals for the visitors.

Gurure came close as he chipped the keeper only for Livingstone Genti to clear it from the line for a corner.

Ndongonda then headed home the resultant corner after Chingwandaza had saved another Majamanda point-blank header in the 20th minute.

Chingwandaza’s miserable afternoon between the posts ended in the 40th minute when he was replaced by Talent Sande.

Mutare City always looked dangerous on the break and second half substitute Agrippa Murimba felt hard done when his goal was disallowed for offside after ramming home a Ndongonda through ball in the 75th minute.

Gurure then sealed the win in the 86th minute when he sent Sande the wrong way from the penalty spot.

His seventh strike of the season.

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