BULAWAYO CITY . . . . . . . . . (1) 1
MUTARE CITY ROVERS . . . . . . .0
A SOLITARY strike by Mkhululi Moyo earned 10-man Bulawayo City victory over visiting Mutare City Rovers in a Castle Lager Premiership encounter at Barbourfields Stadium yesterday.
BY SAKHELENI NXUMALO
Moyo struck in the first half optional time and his goal proved enough for Amakhosi to collect maximum points.
The hosts finished the match one man short after their captain, Xolisani Moyo, was sent off with two minutes of regulation time remaining.
He was sent off after picking up a second yellow when he took a dive inside the opposition’s penalty box. His expulsion came just two minutes after he had earned his first caution for a deliberate handling incident.
Bulawayo City coach Try Ncube was happy with yesterday’s victory, but bemoaned his charges’ poor conversion rate.
“We are very much concerned about our failure to bury chances. We will keep working on our combinations upfront, so that we can kill off matches,” he said.
The hosts created the better chances of the match, but their finishing was not impressive, with Trevor Ndlovu and Welcome Ndiweni spurning a couple of great opportunities.
Mutare City coach Taku Shariwa expressed confidence that they would survive relegation despite yesterday’s setback.
“Losing is part and parcel of the league marathon and we take positives on how we improved as a team after our loss to Caps United. But this was also the first time that we failed to score after about seven or eight games,” he said.
Bulawayo City: N Sibanda, M Kadzola, T Majo, B Dube, Z Sibanda, K Madzongwe, T Ndlovu, X Moyo, W Ndiweni (M Dube 73 min), E Mandiranga (M Maphosa 80 min), M Moyo.
Mutare City Rovers: P Nhete, B Mukwena, V Madamombe, M Sako, E Sinaputa, S Muchabaya (W Sithole 55 min), C Muzavazi, C Ngondonga, Fredrick Muza (Fradreck Muza 70 min), C Masocha (S Sibanda 63 min), A Murimba