Chapungu…………. (3) 3
Chapungu’s hopes of surviving relegation received a major boost as they put up a top-notch performance to trounce Triangle 3-0 in a one-sided Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at Ascot Stadium yesterday.
BY TERRY MADYAUTA IN GWERU
Three first half goals from Raphael Manuvire, Clive Rupiya and Allan Tavarwisa helped the airforce side to stop Triangle, who were enjoying fine form, winning their last two matches.
Chapungu opened the scoresheet in the second minute through Manuvire who also scored his goal for the team on his home debut.
The former Dynamos midfielder showed the Chapungu faithful his predatory instincts with a brilliant volley that left Triangle goalie Tapiwa Chilenga rooted at one spot.
A minute later, Rupiya doubled the scores with a thunderbolt from inside the box. Chapungu continued tormenting the Triangle defence and on the 20th minute mark, Tavarwisa made it three from the penalty spot.
It was skipper Ralph Kawondera who conceded the penalty, which Tavarwisa calmly converted, sending Chilenga the wrong way.
Chapungu head coach Rodwell Dhlakama said the victory came as a relief.
“We need this because we are in the relegation zone. I am relieved because we have some tricky fixtures coming up, but now our hope remains that we will survive relegation,” he said.
Triangle coach Taurai Mangwiro conceded defeat and apologised to the Triangle fans for a dismal performance.
“Perhaps the first thing is to apologise to the Triangle family for losing today. We were not clicking and clearly it was not meant to be our day. Well done to Chapungu, they were quick to score and we could not recover,” Mangwiro said.