Yadah FC (0) 0
Shabanie (0) 2
A brilliant late show saw Shabanie Mine striker Wellington Taderera score a brace and hand the visitors a crucial win over struggling Yadah FC in a pulsating Castle Lager premier soccer league encounter at Morris Depot yesterday.
By Munyaradzi Madzokere
Yadah were parading sensational signing from Caps United Dennis Dauda who was playing in an unfamiliar attacking midfield role.
The gamble by coach Jairos Tapera back fired as Dauda failed to trouble the opponents.
The result means the Miracle Boys have only won once in the last five matches as they hover just above the relegation zone.
With pressure mounting on Tapera, he decided to delegate media duties to his assistant Thomas Ruzive.
“We are so disappointed especially considering we lost at home. We played well but our defenders went to sleep late in the match so poor defending cost us the match,” Ruzive said.
He also explained the idea behind playing Dauda in an unfamiliar position.
“The game plan was to utilise Dauda’s skill in the middle of the park, unfortunately he did not play well. We are going back to the drawing board so that we fight to move away from the relegation,” he said.
After a goalless first half, the two teams came at each other displaying some end-to-end action.
Interestingly, the best chance of the half came to Dauda who failed a simple tap in at the near post from a Moses Demera cross in the 66th minute.
With just eight minutes left, Shabanie Mine struck with a swift counter-attack with impressive substitute Tillbut Mtombeni setting up Taderera for an easy finish.
Yadah poured men forward in search of an equaliser and in almost a replica of the first, the visitors scored the second on the stroke of full time.
This time Farai Mupasiri picked out Mtombeni with an inviting cross and the winger unselfishly laid it on for Taderera who made no mistake from close range.
Shabanie had been unlucky not to take the lead in the first half as Trevor Mavhunga’s speculative shot from 30 yards out crashed on to the cross bar with Tinashee Majadire in goal for Yadah a beaten man.
Visiting coach Takesure Chiragwi had every reason to smile.
“As a coach, I am very happy and I give credit to the youngsters. We are working on consistency and I think this is just the beginning. It’s unfortunate we are going into the midseason and we would have loved to carry the momentum to the next match,” he said.
Yadah FC: T Majadire, M Nyenye, W Kalongonda, J Dzingai, R Dongo, B Mapfumo, D Dauda (D Savanhu 76’), P Borges, W Kamudyariwa, M Chiwara, M Demera (L Chibwiro 86’)
Shabanie: S Mafukidze, L Nyamande, W Mapfumo, N Mpofu, A Dzumbunu (M Murimi 57’), T Mavhunga, T Mupumha (T Mtombeni 72’), F Mupasiri, D Chivandire (F Muza 83’),T Chigede, W Taderera
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