Bulawayo City switch off ZPC

BULAWAYO - Bulawayo City came from a goal down to dispatch visiting ZPC Kariba in a Castle Lager Premiership match here yesterday.

Talent Chawapihwa came close to opening the scoring but his header from inside the box hit the cross bar after only four minutes from a Tawanda Munyanduri cross.

Two minutes later, ZPC were rewarded for their early industrious play when Protasho Kabwe found the back of the net.

Kabwe beat City’s offside trap and hit a first time volley to beat Ndodana Sibanda in goals for the home side. City could have equalised in the 11th minute but an unmarked Kevin Madzongwe directed his effort wide from inside the box when he got to the end of a Brian Chikwenya free kick.

The home side finally took control of the match at the half hour mark as their midfield began enjoying more dominance over their counterparts.

Emmanuel Mandiranga finally brought City level in the 33rd minute. It was a team goal involving Madzongwe, Mkhokheli Dube and Eddie Nkulungo.

Mandiranga finished off the move with a first-time volley with his weaker left foot.

In the second period, City introduced their captain Xolisani “Scara” Moyo at the start for the injured Mandiranga.  Moyo began to control the midfield proceedings and ZPC were made to chase shadows the entire second period.

Moyo gave his side the lead with 10 minutes remaining when he calmly chipped the ball over a diving ZPC goalkeeper Takabva Mawaya after another good City build-up.

Another substitute Trevor Ndlovu then put the final nail on the ZPC coffin four minutes before full time. Ndlovu received a delightful pass from Nkulungo before beating one defender to sneak the ball under the arms of Mawaya to seal the victory for AmaKhosi.

After the match, ZPC Kariba coach Sunday Chidzambwa was an angry man.

“To be honest, we came here for a holiday not to play football. I am mad as I speak, we can’t concede such goals. Schoolboy blunders, lack of concentration, no fighting spirit and will to win,” he said.

“If we want to be in football, we need to be serious or it’s better we leave football. We are not serious. It’s so disappointing. I don’t mind losing a game with players fighting but not this.”

City coach Try Ncube said: “We beat a strong team. We started slowly and we conceded early. I have to applaud my players, they never went down even when we were a goal down.

“They really fought back and won duels in midfield. My team was eager to play and win. I am so happy with the team attitude.”

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