Herentals in lucky escape

Herentals...........................0
TelOne FC..........................0

HERENTALS coach Kumbirayi Mutiwekuziva was a relieved man after his side weathered a storm from newly-promoted side TelOne FC to escape with a draw in yesterday’s Castle Lager Premiership encounter.

The Students were put under a lot of pressure by the visitors, who were playing in only their first match in the top flight after gaining promotion from the Central region Division One League.

TelOne, who are known as the WiFi Boys, created a number of good scoring chances but they could not find the back of the net.
Herentals goalkeeper Simbarashe Gondo kept his side in the game with a number of heroic saves while centre back Carlos Mavhurume made some important blocks. 

“A good start for us as we picked up a point against a newly promoted side — TelOne. They were better than us as a team particularly in ball possession but did not give us much threat when it came to attacking us,” Mutiwekuziva said.

“We were a bit down in terms of our normal play maybe it is because this is our first game of the season. It’s still work in progress and looking forward to an improvement in our next game.

“I just want to say well done to TelOne for giving us a good run here but I also urge my guys to change their attitude particularly when they face such teams which have just been promoted. They have a lot of energy.”

TelOne had an upper hand early in the match but were late down by their poor finishing in front of goal.

The visitors’ striker Mostaf Ponyera was guilty of missing a number of chances for his side as the WiFi Boys ran riot.
Herentals’ only real chance of scoring arrived in the second half when captain Blessing Majarira saw his effort crash against the upright.

TelOne coach Jairos Tapera said his team now needs to improve on their finishing as they let Herentals off the hook yesterday.
“I think the boys did very well, we had chances that we could have scored; you know it happens in a game of football,” Tapera said.

“They also had chances they failed to convert but I think we were much more organised, general play I think we were better than them; we only need to work probably on our finishing.”

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