Ngezi Platinum Stars back on track

MHONDORO - Ngezi Platinum Stars bounced back to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over Harare City in a Castle Lager Premiership match yesterday.

Goals from Qadr Amini and Tichaona Mabvura ensured that Tonderai Ndiraya’s side moved back into second place on the log with 49 points from 25 matches.

City, who missed a second half penalty through goalkeeper Tatenda Munditi, scored through Martin Vengesai late on but could not find the equaliser.

The platinum miners title charge had suffered a huge blow last weekend when they lost 1-0 away to Shabanie Mine in Zvishavane.

Their leading goal scorer Terrence Dzvukamanja had also suffered a shoulder injury which ruled him out of yesterday’s match.

However, at the Baobab Stadium this year, Ngezi have only dropped points once in the 2-2 draw with CAPS United and they maintained their home ground record yesterday after digging deep to keep City at bay.

Ndiraya was satisfied with the win after the match.

“Look, I’m pleased with the result after we dropped points in Shabanie last week,” Ndiraya said.

“That’s what you want when you are fighting with the big boys. However, I’m not happy with our performance today. I thought in the first half, we played well but our play dropped in the second half.

“Harare City were the better side; they had the better chances and they could have come up with a draw.”

The Sunshine Boys’ coach Philani “Beefy” Ncube was disappointed with the way his team dropped points on the road.

“I think in the first 35 minutes we were not in it and at half time we talked about how we conceded the goal,” Ncube said.

“Look at what happened at the start of the second half; we failed to deal with a cross.”

Commenting on Munditi’s missed penalty, Ncube said: “He’s our best penalty taker but considering his performance today, he was not supposed to take it. I think we lacked leadership on the field of play.”

Having lost the last time out, Ngezi needed to win yesterday’s match at all costs and they started on the front foot.

Liberty Chakoroma almost scored for the home side in the second minute when his shot went wide from the edge of the box.

Amini opened the scoring for the home side in the 14th minute with a low shot from the edge of the box.

The goal followed a good passing move that started on the right with Donald Teguru before Mabvura teed up Amini.

The defender unleashed a shot with his laces that beat the Sunshine Boys’ Munditi at the near post.

Ngezi increased their lead just after the break when the City defence failed to deal with a cross from the right delivered by Teguru.

The ball fell onto the feet of Mabvura, who scored his seventh goal of the season with a rising shot.

After taking a 2-0 lead, the home side dropped their tempo allowing City to come back into the match.

The visitors got a life line in the 78th minute when Ngezi’s Dominic Mukandi brought down Malvin Gaki inside the box.

Referee Norman Matemera pointed to the spot.

However, Munditi made a meal of his effort as his shot from 12 yards out went wide.

Even his body language before the spot kick did not show any conviction that he was going to score.

Vengesai finally pulled one back for the visitors when he headed in a free-kick from Farai Madhanhanga two minutes from time.

Teams:

Ngezi Platinum: Nelson Chadya, Michael Charamba, Dominic Mukandi, Partson Jaure, Liberty Chakoroma, Godknows Murwira, Kieth Murera, Clive Augusto, Qadr Amini, Tichaona Mabvura (Washington Pakamisa 89m), Donald Teguru (Kelvin Bulaji 82m)

Harare City: Tatenda Munditi, Tendai Samanja, Peace Tshuma, Raymond Uchena, Edwin Madhanhanga, Jimmy Tigere (Welcome Ndiweni 88m), Pritchard Mpelele, Tatenda Tumba (Takudzwa Chimwemwe 53m), Malvin Gaki, Tinashe Balakasi (Grey Kufandada 55m), Martin Vengesai.

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