Ngezi Platinum Stars . . . . . (0) 2
How Mine . . . . . . . . . . . (0) 0
IN-FORM striker Terrence Dzvukamanja scored a second half brace to help Ngezi Platinum Stars maintain a 100% record at the top of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League log standing, with a comfortable home win over How Mine at Boabab Stadium yesterday.
BY MUNYARADZI MADZOKERE IN NGEZI
Dzvukamanja had a subdued game by his standards, but popped-up in the box in crucial moments to grab the crucial goals.
The win ensures that Madamburo have three wins in three matches and sit on top of the log.
Coach Tonderai Ndiraya, who missed six senior players due to injuries was impressed by his team’s performance.
“My boys gave it [their] all today. I am happy for the team; we wanted three points at home and so far so good 100% record without conceding a goal, “he said.
Ndiraya also tipped his double scorer to be among the best players this season.
“Terence is one of the most talented players in our team and I believe he is going to be one of the best players in the league this season,” he said.
Missing players like skipper Partson Jaure, Qadr Amini, Byron Madzokere and Walter Mukanga, Ndiraya made a number of changes in the team.
Ngezi dominated the first half missing a number of chances. Washington Pakamisa had the first real chance in the game after he was fed by defender Nelson Ketala, but he blazed over from inside the box 14 minutes before the breather.
Dzvukamanja then outdid Pakamisa and failed to direct a Donald Teguru low cross into goal at the near post a few minutes later.
In the second half, Teguru showed his nifty feet, dancing past a cluster of defenders, but Warriors shot-stopper Benard Donovan spread himself well to deny him.
Donovan once again saved the day, tipping Dzvukamanja’s free kick out for a corner.
The upright stood between Ngezi Platinum and the opener in the 58th minute after Pakamisa’s thumping shot from just inside the box beat Donovan but not the post.
The opener finally came when Dzvukamanja’s thunderbolt on the run found the roof of the net from a Liberty Chakoroma square ball.
The Warriors’ player completed his double a minute from time after he was picked out by substitute Clive Agusto.
His initial effort was kept out and he tucked home the rebound.
“This was our worst game this season upfront, we were not as good as we have been in the last games. Our opponents managed to score goals from our mistakes,” a disappointed How Mine coach Kelvin Kaindu said after the match.
Ngezi Platinum: N Chadya, N Ketala, W Pakamisa( C Augusto 66’, D Teguru (T. Mabvura 82’), T Dzvukamanja (M. Kwinjo 90’) , E Tapera, L Chakoroma, D Mukandi, K Murera, T Machisa, G Murwira
HOW MINE: B Donovan, P Tonha (K Musharu (69’), B Mbiriri, K Chideu, N Ndlovu, M Sakala, M Mukumba, M Ncube, T Banda (T Makanda 66′), P Manhanga (T Ranthokoane 66’), T January
Castle Lager Premier Soccer League Matchday 3 Results and Fixtures:
Friday: Shabanie Mine 0-2 Bulawayo City, Tsholotsho 0-0 Yadah FC
Yesterday: Ngezi Platinum Stars 2-0 How Mine, Chapungu 1-2 Hwange
Tomorrow: Bantu Rovers v Triangle (Luveve)
Postponed Matches: ZPC Kariba v CAPS United, Dynamos v Black Rhinos, Chicken Inn v FC Platinum, Harare City v Highlanders