Bulawayo City…. (0) 1
Harare City …. (0) (0)
A LAST minute goal by mid-season acquisition Ishmael Wadi earned Bulawayo City maximum points as they overcame Harare City at Barbourfields Stadium yesterday to steer clear from the relegation zone in the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League.
BY FORTUNE MBELE
Wadi ghosted from the left with a header past goalkeeper Tatenda Munditi off a cross from Newman Sianchali just before referee Martin Chivandire was about to blow his whistle to end the otherwise dull match.
He atoned for a first minute chance that he missed after having dribbled past a number of the visitors’ players before packing a weak shot that was safely collected by Munditi.
Save for that optional time goal that took Bulawayo City to position 10 with 27 points and stopping their Harare City counterpart’s three-match unbeaten run, the match did not produce any exciting moments.
Even Bulawayo City coach Mandla Mpofu said he thought the match was going to end in a stalemate.
“Personally, I thought we were going to share and get a point. But at times you need the luck and we were lucky to score in the last minute. Overall, we were in control from the onset but the missing link was upfront, I think Mkhululi [Moyo] and [Newman] Sianchali did not do well,” Mpofu said.
Harare City remain on 25 points after the defeat, which coach Philani Ncube (pictured) blamed on the defence in the dying minutes of the game.
“We struggled in the first half; improved in the second. But we failed to defend as a team in the last seconds of the game, but it happens. We played a team that was fighting from the onset. We needed a bit of experience and concentration. We had no room to defend that goal,” Ncube said.
Bulawayo City: N Sibanda, A Tandi, N Sianchali, S Ndlovu, I Wadi, M Mungadze, Z Ngodzo, H Masuku (T Ndlovu 80’), M Moyo (C Rupiya 54’), Z Sibanda, I Kutsanzira (M Kadzola 42’)
Harare City: T Munditi, T Samanja, P Tshuma, M Gaki (J Jam 64’), W Ndiweni (M Vengesai 54’), J Tigere, E Madhanhanga, W Manondo, R Uchena, H Chimutimunzeve, P Mpelele (G Kufandada 80’)