Monomotapa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (1) 1
Chicken Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(0) 1
TENDAI Ndoro shattered Monomotapa’s dream of collecting maximum points as they battle against relegation with a stunning second half equaliser in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) tie at Gwanzura Stadium yesterday.
Monomotapa had raced into the lead on 28 minutes through Ronald “Rooney” Chitiyo who produced a brilliant individual show — weaving his way past a cluster of defenders, in the process leaving defender Charles Mutero sprawling on the turf before drilling the ball past goalkeeper Njabulo Nyoni.
With that goal, Monomotapa appeared to be on course to collect maximum points and enhance chances of moving out of the relegation zone.
They took the game to their opponents threatening with some fine raids which saw Hillary Mugoniwa and Nelson Meson coming close. They controlled the match throughout the first half.
However, in the second half, the visitors took control of the match and Ndoro conjured up an equaliser reminiscent of the style of former Arsenal great Dennis Bergkamp late on.
Ndoro had his back to goal as he received a pass in the danger zone on 71 minutes from the right and scored. It was his 15th goal of the campaign and he remains the PSL leading goalscorer.
Ndoro later revealed he practices the technique at training.
“It feels good to be scoring in every match. I am enjoying my game. As a target man, I practice this technique at training and I am happy it is working well for me,” Ndoro said.
Mononomotapa assistant coach Conrad Nyambabvu blamed lack of concentration by his central defenders for the failure to grab maximum points.
Joey Antipas in charge of his first match since his appointment as Chicken Inn coach said they started slowly, but upped their game in the second half.
“I am still trying to find my feet, but a point away is a good result. We started slowly in the first half. We were slow in transition from back to attack, but improved in the second half,” Antipas said.