Bantu Rovers brush Chapungu aside


TWO FIRST-HALF goals by Bantu Rovers ensured they collected the second set of three points after beating Chapungu United in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) match at Luveve Stadium yesterday.

Fortune Mbele
Sports Reporter

Bantu Rover ………………(2) 2
Chapungu United ……………0

Obadiah Tarumbwa scored 35secs into the game just after kick-off from a Fortune “Fokoza” Ncube cross. He had been sent through by right-back Lawson Nkomo.

Ncube’s long throw in the 14th minute from the left was met with a header by Proud Zireni to give Tshintsha Guluva their second goal beating Chapungu goalkeeper Roy Mazingi.

The Methembe Ndlovu-coached PSL returnees rose on the ladder from position 12 to five after yesterday’s matches while Chapungu dropped one rung to position eight after having gone for their first three matches without defeat. Tarumbwa could have made it three in the 54th minute, but his effort was punched back into play by Mazingi.

Bantu Rovers assistant coach Mandla “Lulu” Mpofu was ecstatic for the three points, but said it was going to be tough going ahead as they would play the first game outside Bulawayo on Wednesday against Shabanie Mine at Maglas Stadium.

Chapungu head coach John Nyikadzino said complacency had crept in on his boys after going three matches without defeat.

“Complacency crept in. The boys thought it was going to be a stroll in the park and once you go to sleep you concede silly goals. They realised we had lost in the second half, but Bantu held on.

“Congratulations to Bantu Rovers,” Nyikadzino said.

Meanwhile Moses “Bambo” Chunga’s Chiredzi FC continued to sing the blues in their Premier Soccer League (PSL) debut season after falling 2-1 to Black Rhinos at Rimuka yesterday.

Wilson Chakanyuka’s 21st minute penalty and Beven Chikaka’s seemingly controversial goal in the 38th minute condemned the Chiredzi outfit to their third straight defeat in four matches. Chiredzi’s Sam Musimba’s 28th minute equaliser had given Chunga’s outfit the reason to believe, but all was in vain when Chikaka struck the winner.

Chiredzi FC have managed just a single point from a possible 12. However, Chunga remains confident that his project will prosper.
Arthur Tutani who saw his side lose to Shabanie Mine last weekend, was a happy man.