The Sunday Mail
Simba Chiminya in Gweru
Chapungu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0) 2
Hwange. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0) 0
HWANGE’S nightmarish start to the 2016 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League season continued at Ascot Stadium yesterday.
The visitors, who were hammered 0-3 by Highlanders at home on match day one, put in a disjointed performance as they fell to a Chapungu side that badly needed a reaction after a thumping away to Caps United last weekend.
Second half goals by Gift Phiri and William Ngonya handed the home side their first victory of the season.
Chapungu had the brighter start with Phiri taking their first crack at goal with just a minute on the clock when he shot tamely at a badly exposed Hwange goalkeeper London Zulu.
The home side continued to enjoy possession and Ngonya hit the upright in the 12th minute after a goal mouth melee.
Defender Blessing Zabula added to the Chapungu misses catalogue when he skied his effort after a well thought out short corner routine had caught the Chipangano defenders flat footed.
Chapungu emerged a more purposeful side for the second half and needed only four minutes to find the opener, Phiri’s long range effort leaving Zulu stranded.
Zulu produced a super save on 52 minutes when he dived to his left to parry a pile driver by Chapungu left-back Hillary Mugoniwa
At the other end, Newman Sianchali stung Chapungu goalie Roy Mazingi with a long range effort on 72 minutes.
A minute later Ngonya killed the contest when he reacted quickest to a Maxwell Mavuto corner.
Chapungu coach John Nyikadzino was impressed with the way his team bounced back from the season opening humbling by Makepekepe.
“I am happy that we have managed to collect our first win of the season, it’s also good that we also managed to score. Last weekend against Caps United we played well but could not score but today we got it right at kept a clean sheet.
“Our intention now is to build on this win and have a good start to the season because last year we had to play catch up after a horrible start,” he said.
Hwange have conceded five goals and scored none in the two matches they have played this season and stand-in coach Mabelo Njekwa is under pressure to turn the tide.
“We are going through a bed spell, it’s not good to concede five goals in two matches. We are still to get the combinations right but remain confident that things will shape up,” said Njekwa after the match.
Chapungu: Roy Mazingi, Jameson Mukombwe, Hillary Mugoniwa, Collen Kwaramba, Blessing Zabula, William Ngonya, Gift Phiri, Maxwell Mavuto (C Kapupuruka, 81), Nhlanhla Ncube, Allen Tavarwisa, Patrick Khumbula (R Mhlanga, 74).
Hwange: London Zulu, Phakamani Dube, Gerald Ndlovu, Obert Moyo, Creven Banda, Collen Muleya, Andrew Chuma, Pritchard Mpelele (A Banda, 73), Newman Sianchali, Innocent Muchaneka, Gilbert Zulu