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Ngezi Platinum fire title warning shots

Riding high ... Ngezi Platinum players celebrate after a recent victory

01/08/2017 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
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NGEZI Platinum fired title warning shots with the 4-1 demolition of a battling Hwange in a Castle Lager Premiership showdown at the Boabab Stadium on Sunday.

The win saw Ngezi bouncing back to the top of league table.

Hwange had started brightly, carving out good chances and it did not come as a surprise then they went into the lead on nine minutes, Shepherd Gadzikwa heading home off a wonderful cross from the left by Nomore Chinyerere.

The lead however, proved temporary, as captain Ngezi Partson Jaure planted home a downward header a minute later, profiting from a corner kick by Godknows Murwira.

Hwange refused to be cowed into submission, and Chinyerere nearly doubled the lead after twelve minutes with a powerful grounder but goalkeeper Nelson Chadya was equal to the task.

On 29 minutes, Tichaona Mabvura's hopeful long-range shot was saved by the Hwange goalkeeper Taimon Mvula.

But two minutes later, Godknows Murwira doubled the lead with a rasping shot that had the beautiful Baobab stadium up in acknowledgement.

At this stage, the home team practically camped in their opponents’ goal, exhibiting the determination of a bee and the spirit of an ant, as they bombarded their opponents with an assortment of shots.

And on 33 minutes Terrence Dzukamanja, scorer of a brace in the 4-2 defeat of Black Rhinos last week, weighed in with the third, turning his marker before unleashing a low ground shot that beat the goalkeeper to find its way into the nets.

In the second half, the home team looked even hungrier for more goals and Qard Amin taped the ball home from close range after 51 minutes from a cross by Murwira to sew-up the tie.

Mukanga watched his spectacular scissors kick crashing against the cross bar six minutes later as the home team continued to pile on the pressure.

Ngezi Platinum coach Tonderai Ndiraya praised his team though he expressed disappointment with the way his charges are conceding goals.

"I must say it’s good to win at home. We have done that several times. It’s refreshing, we want to keep pushing and see where it takes us by the end of the season,” said Ndiraya.

“It was a good game. We have seen what Bigboy Mawiwi is trying to do at Hwange. It was not an easy game. They gave us a very good fight.


“Of course, we scored some beautiful goals but we are disappointed as a team with the way we are conceding goals. We have to keep it tight at the back.

“We want to keep pushing and see where it will take us by the end of the season. But look it’s an open championship. We are not talking about that yet.

“We don’t want to talk about things we don’t have control over. There are still many games to be played.”

Mawiwi, whose side defeated Tsholotsho 4-0 in their previous match, blamed his side for conceding after a strong start.

He however, acknowledged they lost to a better team and promised they would bounce back in the coming games.

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