Harare City in deep trouble

HWANGE - Harare City sank deep into the murky waters of relegation following a morale-sapping defeat to Hwange in a Castle Lager Premiership match yesterday at the Colliery.

Yesterday’s defeat pushed the Sunshine Boys to third from bottom on the log table with 35 points while Hwange jumped to fifth from bottom as they are now on 37 points with only a game left before the season ends next weekend.

Both sides came into yesterday’s match in desperate need of a win to keep their survival hopes alive but City were undone by second half goals from Elvis Meleka and Delic Murimba.

City coach Philani Ncube conceded they are now in a difficult situation to avoid the chop.

“We didn’t come to the party. We were not hungrier than them, we only go into their box frequently in the last 15 minutes or so but it was too late,” Ncube said.

“It’s now a tricky situation. It’s no longer in our own hands, but we just need to try and win our last game. But yes it’s going to be difficult. We will see what happens in our last match.”

Hwange coach Bigboy Mawiwi broke down after the final whistle.

“This win means a lot, I was under a lot of pressure but I thank God for the win,” Mawiwi said.

“We still have to work hard though because there is still a game to play.”

The first half was a cagey affair with both teams applying a rather cautious approach.

The visitors had, however, the first real attempt at goal when Wilfred Muvirimi’s effort from a free kick crashed against the upright.

Hwange went on to take the initiative though especially in the midfield Nathan Ziwini was causing all sorts of problems for City each time he was in possession but could not found the breakthrough.

The home side went a gear up in the second half and Justin Kaunda almost put Hwange ahead on 57 minutes but his effort from a free-kick on the edge of the box hit the underside of the cross bar before being cleared to safety.

Meleka put Hwange ahead on 64 minutes with a simple header after City defenders had failed to deal with a long ball inside the box.

Harare City’s hopes of salvaging at least a draw were dashed right at the death when Murimba doubled the home team’s lead following a quick play on the right side before sending his effort to the far corner that gave Tatenda Munditi in goals for City no chance.

Moments later, Muvirimi had a chance to pull one back after finding himself face to face with the goalkeeper but he took too long to execute allowing Hwange defenders to recover and block his effort for a corner kick.

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