BY TERRY MADYAUTA
NGEZI PLATINUM . . . . (1) 3
TRIANGLE . . . . . . . . . . .(1) 1
DENVER Mukamba scored a brace in a fabulous display as Ngezi Platinum Stars thrashed Triangle in a Chibuku Super Cup group 4 encounter at Mandava Stadium yesterday.
The 29-year-old produced a moment of magic when he collected the ball near the penalty area, danced his way past two defenders, exploded to the left flank, where he side-stepped another defender before drilling a low ground shot from the most acute of angles.
While it might be still too early to make a proper judgment, it is perhaps fair to say this is a strong contender for the goal of the season
His coach Rodwell Dhlakama must also have been satisfied with the midfielder’s performance on his debut for the Mhondoro-based side, having joined in 2020 before the suspension of the games due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The former Dynamos midfielder and Warriors captain also provided an assist for Marvelous Mukumba, who weighed in with the other goal.
Mukumba pounced on a rebound from a spilled Mukamba effort by goalkeeper Takabva Mawaya to tap the ball home.
Yet Triangle had appeared to be on course for victory as skipper Collins Dhuwa put them ahead with a neatly taken strike from inside the box.
The second half was a balanced affair as both sides created chances, but the Lowveld side was let down by lack of imagination in the final third, with the usually dependable Delick Murimba firing blanks.
A minute later, Dhuwa missed a chance that would have restored parity for Triangle after miscuing his effort from a pin-point Gerald Bhero cross.
Ngezi Platinum coach Dhlakama was elated by the win.
“It’s a massive win for us. We needed to start on a positive note and we did that. It was not an easy game, but we managed to win. I am happy with the rest of the team,” he said.
“I have always said that Denver is a special player and he is proving that by getting goals for us in such an important tournament.”
Dhlakama’s counterpart, Taurai Mangwiro blamed his side’s poor defending for the loss.
“We could have done better, especially in defence where we really lacked in terms of communication,” he said.
“But we will have to fight on another day. We took lessons and for that we hope to perform better than this in the next match.”
The win leaves Ngezi Platinum on second position in Group 4 with three points.
Leaders FC Platinum also have the same number of points, but they have a superior goal difference after their massive 6-0 win over WhaWha on Saturday.
Triangle and WhaWha follow in the order on the log table with no points yet.
Triangle: T Mawaya, J Mukombwe (T Mugoniwa, 46 min), B Chikwenya, K Gwao, A Chivheya, D Mudadi, G Bero, R Madamombe, C Dhuwa, T January (S Gadzikwa, 84min), D Murimba (R Matema, 64 min)
Ngezi Platinum: N Chadya, D Chafa, D Mukamba, P Moyo, G Takwara, Q Amini, W Taderera (M Mushonga, 87 min), A Chivandire (N Makumbe, 59 min), M Mukumba (A Makopa, 89 min)K Murera, Nyasha Chintuli (Junior Zindoga, 68 min)
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