Chapungu sink Shabanie Mine

Chapungu................(0) 1
Shabanie Mine..............0

GWERU - Chapungu moved out of the PSL relegation zone with a slender win over bottom side Shabanie Mine in a Midlands derby yesterday.

Midfielder James Jam got the all-important goal for Waru Waru midway through the second half to register Chapungu’s first win inside four matches.

Despite momentarily moving out of the relegation zone with 33 points from 29 games and sitting in 11th position, Chapungu coach Rodwell Dhlakama believes a tough run-in lies ahead for his side in their bid for survival.

“There are still a lot of games to be played; we just need to keep our heads up and if we lose one game we are back in the relegation. This was a derby and a massive win for us,” a relieved Dhlakama said.

Shabanie remain rooted at the basement of the log with a paltry 18 points from 28 games and are highly-unlikely to survive relegation.

The Chinda Boys coach Alexio Sijoni was at a loss for words after the game and felt the result did not reflect his team’s performance.

“It’s difficult to understand how we lost and still put up a good performance; obviously I’m disappointed by the result because we didn’t create chances and Chapungu utilised their chance,” Sijoni said.

Chapungu’s win was, however, overshadowed by an ugly scene where the home team’s manager Remigio Vurayayi scaled the perimeter fence and assaulted a woman in the stands for holding on to the match ball.

The woman identified as Tendai Rusere, a Nichrut FC official, was in the process of filing a report at the Mtapa Police Station by the time of going to print last night.

Chapungu dominated play in the first half but failed to breach a resolute Shabanie defence, with the visitors’ goalkeeper producing saves.

It was the introduction of veteran Phillip Marufu that injected pace and fluidity in the Chapungu attacks.

It was no surprise as Marufu provided the assist for Jam to score the game’s only goal midway through the second half.

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