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City hero ... Rovers' Sikwili Nkomo (right) challenges Agrippa Muriba who scored a brace

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Harare City 4-1 Bantu Rovers

AGRIPPA Murimba scored a double as Harare City crushed Bantu Rovers in an entertaining Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at Rufaro on Monday.

The Harare City striker beat an offside trap by Bantu Rovers defence after 13 minutes to put City ahead while Phineas Bhamusi and substitute Crybert Muvhuti weighed in with a goal each.

Bukhosi Sibanda scored the only goal for Bantu Rovers as veteran striker Obadiah Tarumbwa's penalty drew a fine save from goalkeeper Maxwell Nyamupanedengu following a handball by David Kutyauripo in the penalty area.

The comprehensive victory, City's third in the campaign so far, saw them leaping to 13th place on the league table with 10 points while Bantu Rovers dropped to 14th place with the same number of points.

Harare City started brightly from the first whistle as the aggressive Murimba and Martin Vengesayi threatened with some good raids and it was from one of those raids that Murimba gave his team the lead.

But Bantu levelled matters on 54 minutes with Sibanda heading home following a cross from Lawson Nkomo.

Trickery ... City's Phineas Bhamusi tries to dribble his way past Rovers' Lawson Nkomo

Three minutes later Murimba completed his brace with a rasping left drive following a cross from Phineas Bhamusi who displayed one of his best performances this season.

Bantu had an opportunity to equalize on 79 minutes after Kutyauripo handled inside the box but Tarumbwa watched in disappointment as his spot kick drew a fine save from Nyamupanedengu.

Munyaradzi Diro then cleared the ball out of danger and Bhamusi pounced and sped goalwards before beating goalkeeper Takunda Mutangi with a low shot.

Muvuti, who came on as a second half substitute, then scored the insurance goal, drilling a powerful shot past the Bantu Rovers goalkeeper.

Harare City coach Bigboy Mawiwi was elated with the victory.

“I am naturally happy with the victory.  We have been talking about the need to score goals and to score four goals has put us up there,” he said.


“Bantu are not an easy team and their position on the league table is not a true reflection of their performance.”

His opposite number Methembe Ndlovu said: “We can only congratulate Harare City.

“We didn’t play well. It was not our day. We had lapses in concentration and we have to go back to the drawing board.”

Huge miss … Obadiah Tarumbwa’s penalty miss did not help Rovers cause

We didn't play well... Bantu Rovers' coach Methembe Ndlovu shows his exasperation

Fixtures Week 12

How Mine v FC Platinum, Bantu Rovers v Buffaloes, Hwange v Chicken Inn, Chiredzi v Caps United, Chapungu v Harare City, Dynamos v Highlanders, Black Rhinos v Triangle, Shabanie Mine v ZPC Kariba

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