BLACK DAY FOR BULAWAYO
. . . All 4 teams lose, FC Platinum held
Tino’s bullet spurs Herentals
SUPERSUB and striker Tino Benza unleashed an absolute screamer from outside the box in the 75th minute to guide Herentals to a 1-0 victory against Bulawayo Chiefs yesterday.
This was Tino’s third Premiership goal of the season and more so the second time that he has come on from bench to set up victory for Herentals.
“It’s an amazing opportunity for me to come on as a sub and I knew what I had to do,” Tino told H-Metro.
“I think it’s my best strength to come as a sub.”
All goals scored by Tino this season have been assisted by fellow striker Archmore Majarira whom he heaped praise on.
It’s becoming a good combination for Herentals. Tino expects to produce more goals.
“I would like to thank Archmore Majarira with assisting me with all the three goals and I am hoping to get more from him,” he said.
Bring on Platinum: Mutiwekuziva
Herentals coach Kumbirai Mutiwekuziva after their 1-0 win over Bulawayo Chiefs yesterday said:
“This means a lot, we are happy and very much confident to tackle the next battle against FC Platinum.
“This win is good for us, after a series of draws it means a lot to us.
“We need to stay in PSL and winning is important.
The Herentals gaffer went on to praise his players urging Tino Benza to continue scoring goals.
“I think the team played really well, especially in the second half.
“Tino did well and I would like to encourage him to keep doing well” he said.
Bulawayo Chiefs on loss
Bulawayo Chiefs coach Guthri Chipuka said despite the 1-0 loss to Herentals yesterday his side put up an impressive show.
Chipuka applauded Herentals’ solitary goal which he said made all the difference.
“We were expecting a draw but it’s a point lost for us. We were managing the match but that goal was a brilliant one and you can’t take anything away from the boy.
“We were playing the same formation only that there were differences in our style of play,” he said.
Chipuka added that he is not bothered by the loss as they still have a chance in fighting relegation.
“Evidently as you can see we are bad travellers but come to Luveve you will see how good we are at home,” said Chipuka.
HERENTALS were forced to make an early substitution against Bulawayo Chiefs yesterday after defender Brighton Majarira got injured on his right eye.
Brighton was replaced by Jean Mutudza in the 29th minute after he was hit with the ball on the eye.
“I am seeing things on the left side but I can’t see anything on right side,” Brighton told H-Metro.
“I was missing the ball quite a lot. Some balls I could see them in the air but lose them.
“There is a ball I missed, I couldn’t see it.
“I tried pushing on but it became difficult. I feel pain when I open the eye,” he said.
Triangle, Harare City
Triangle coach Taurai Mangwiro believes they were not given a chance to compete at Gibbo yesterday.
Harare City on the other hand also thought Triangle were given an unfair advantage through a penalty they thought was too soft.
The match ended 1-1.
Nhamo Lameck scored from the spot in the first half while Ishmael Wadi leveled in the second half for Mangwiro’s former paymasters.
“I saw two competitive teams who were not given a chance to express themselves. And I ask, is it for the right reasons or for the wrong reasons? That is my summary of the game. Is it us the coaches?” Mangwiro said.
Asked what he thought about the refereeing, he said he “could not say more”.
Harare City was also not happy with the penalty awarded to the home team.
“This was not a true reflection of the game. We totally dominated the first half and created about five good chances.
We should have at least got three of them and when the penalty was given against us, it was an injustice,” Harrison said after the game.
He was also happy Wadi opened his account ahead of the Dynamos showdown over the weekend.
FC Platinum setback
FC Platinum suffered a setback in their title defence after they drew 1-1 with Black Rhinos yesterday.
The draw cut their lead at the top to only two points after closest rivals Ngezi Platinum won in their match against Mutare City.
“I think it was a good game of football. We came here looking for maximum points but it didn’t happen but l am happy with the point.
“Coming back from a goal down, I think we really pushed it wasn’t easy for us,” said FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza.
Rodwell Chinyengetere was on target again to get to 11 goals while Allan Gahadzikwa scored for Rhinos.
“At the end of the day l can’t complain with the point, it’s a point gained for us.
“I told my boys at half time that we have to push and let’s keep fighting for the equalizer and if possible get the winning goal.
“But it didn’t happen you know it’s a game of football you have to get results
“And keep focusing, keep working hard and see how this progresses,” he said.
Rhinos coach Herbert Rusawo says that his boys put up a good show against the log leaders.
“It was a good show from the boys; unfortunately we failed to defend in the second half.
“But as a coach l am satisfied with the result especially with the chances we created we could have killed the game in the first half.
“We got maybe two clear chances we could have scored but it’s part of the game,” he said.
“Our game plan was that we wanted to score them but unfortunately we failed to do that and they came back strong in the second half.
“They were hungrier than us. I’m not worried as a coach . . . my only worry is maybe to get in the top four.”
BLACK Rhinos forward Allen Gahadzikwa says a point against the champions is welcome.
Gahadzikwa headed home Tafadzwa Jaravani’s cross in the 38th minute to hand Rhinos a deserved lead.
“We clearly could have won this one but missed a couple of good chances especially in the first half.
“A draw is not bad also especially against a good team like FC Platinum, we took a point so that’s not bad,” he said.
The nomadic player says he is happy to repay Black Rhinos with a goal.
“This is my first goal for Rhinos after playing four games so I’m happy for myself and the team.
“This is what we are paid to do so it’s special when I am able to repay the club and coach,” he added.
“They are a good team, good players and deserve their success.
“I respect what they have done and wish them well,” he said.
FC Platinum’s Rodwell Chinyengetere and Triangle’s Lameck Nhamo are now level with ZPC’s top scorer David Temwanjira.
“The competition will be tough but the best will always win the race.
“Scoring is always a great thing to do, it always brings joy.
“I am happy I scored that equalizer because what matters most is doing what is best for my team.
“I am focusing more on getting the job done for my team first and the rest will be an added advantage,” said Chinyengetere.
“The game was okay, I am little bit disappointed but a draw away from home is not that bad.
“After all it’s a positive result. We will take the draw and move forward as we plan on collecting maximum points in our next game,” added the August player of the month.