Majarira suffers serious injury

Herentals…….…… (0) 2
Mutare Rovers…… (1) 1

HARARE - Herentals captain Blessing Majarira suffered a serious head injury a few minutes after coming on for the Students in their comeback win over Mutare City Rovers yesterday.

Majarira was rushed straight to the hospital after a clash of heads with Rovers’ Gift Jimu in the 65th minute.

The striker had just been introduced in the 49th minute when he replaced Everson Feremba.

Earlier on, Evans Chikwaikwai had given the visitors the lead in the first half after only four minutes following a good pass from Kelvin Bingala.

Herentals showed great character as they refused to let the nasty injury to Majarira affect their mentality before scoring quick fire goals in the second half to turn around the match.

Defender Blessing Maunganidze equalised in the 75th minute when he headed home a free kick taken by Gibson Chinobva.

Three minutes later, the Students were in front after defender Carlos Mavhurume headed past Rovers goalkeeper Alfred Chiname following a corner kick taken by Innocent Benza.

Midfielder Edgar Mhungu won the first header inside the box and Mavhurume was at had to provide the finishing touch to complete the comeback for the home side.

Before the two quick goals, Herentals had missed a 53rd minute penalty when Archmore Majarira had been brought down inside the box.

Magusha protested the penalty decision as they walked off the pitch resulting in a four-minute stoppage.

After finally returning onto the pitch, Tino Benza hit his spot kick straight at Rovers goalkeeper Alfred Chinane before ballooning over the bar the rebound.

With yesterday’s win, Herentals move back into eighth place on the log with 41 points from 29 matches while Rovers are set to go down as they remain in 16th place with 22 points.

Herentals coach Kumbirai Mutiwekuziva said:  “We had a difficult match today, I think they had a very good strategy against us whereby they realised that we had a good win in our last match so we were likely to have that element of complacency so they came at us.

“They looked for the early goal and they got it and the match was very difficult for us; the entire first half we were not ourselves. We changed our game plan due to the goal they got early.”

Mutare City coach Ndega Matsika said: “I think we gave them a win. There was a lack of concentration from our back four which led Herentals to come back in the game.

“Definitely we are in danger of getting relegated; all our remaining matches are now must-win games. We need to collect maximum points by all means and see how other teams play.”

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