Bulawayo City go down fighting

Bulawayo City....................................(2) 2
ZPC Kariba........................................(0) 1

BULAWAYO - Bulawayo City became the third team to be relegated from the Castle Lager Premiership despite a commendable win over ZPC Kariba yesterday.

Even if they win all their three matches, Amakhosi can only get to 34 points and cannot eclipse Chapungu, who are in 14th place with 37 points.

Amakhosi now join Shabanie Mine and Mutare City Rovers, who were already relegated, while only one slot in the drop zone is left.

Yesterday, City collected three points after two first half goals from Sipho Ndlovu and Trevor Ndlovu while ZPC got their consolation through defender Dexter Phiri.

After the match, Bulawayo City coach Bhekithemba Ndlovu thought his charges gave him a good performance.

“I think we played very well in the first half where we dominated play and possession. We managed to score two goals from an excellent first half,” Ndlovu said.

“In the second half, we lost rhythm due to two injury-inspired substitutions. The substitutes failed to come to the party. Overall, we played well and the boys fought very hard for the victory.”

ZPC Kariba coach Godfrey Tamirepi thought they lost it following a dreadful first half performance.

“The approach of my guys was very negative from the start. We were never there in terms of reaction. We didn’t actually do well in all aspects of the game in the first half,” Tamirepi said.

“Second half, we came back a changed side and we got an early goal. We created some other chances that could have won us the game but credit to their goalkeeper; he saved the day for them. We were much better in the second half than our opponents.”

The match started off slowly with City dominating proceedings and threatening the visitors’ goal.

City opened the scoring three minutes before half time when Sipho Ndlovu hit the roof of the net after picking the pocket of a ZPC defender.

Amakhosi doubled the scores at the stroke of half time when Trevor Ndlovu took advantage of the lapse in concentration by the visitors’ defence before finishing with a clever chip over ZPC goalkeeper Takabva Mawaya.

In the second half, the visitors were the better side as City appeared to have taken the foot off the pedal.

Kauya Katuruturu got their face saver in the 58th minute when Phiri curled in a beautiful free kick to reduce the deficit for the visitors.

ZPC took the game to Amakhosi but they failed to convert the numerous chances they created.

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