The Sunday Mail
Don Makanyanga in NGEZI
Ngezi Platinum Stars………..3
Harare City ………………….1
MAKE that 14!
An explosive Ngezi Platinum Stars stretched their unbeaten run to 14 games after humbling Harare City in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League tie at Baobab yesterday.
The visitors coach Mark Harrison called it a smashing!
Two first half goals from the Premiership’s top scorer Terrence Dzvukamanja and Kenneth Bulaji were added on to by James Nguluve 10 minutes after the restart as the home side cemented their top of the log.
Harare City got their consolation through second half substitute Wilfred Muvirimi.
Madamburo pushed their points tally to 38 points, six ahead of second placed FC Platinum who play Chicken Inn at Luveve this afternoon.
Dzvukamanja scored his eighth goal of the season after 17 minutes of play when he profited from a Murera assist.
The lively Murera beat two Harare City defenders on the right side before finding an unmarked Dzvukamanja who slotted home from inside the box.
A revived Bulaji made it 2-0 in the 27th minute when he headed in Michael Charamba’s corner kick.
Nguluve then got onto the score sheet 10 minutes into the second half when he made full use of Walter Mukanga’s assist.
The big victory impressed Ngezi Platinum coach Tonderai Ndiraya.
“We are pushing on, yes we are championship material but what is important now is consistency and that’s what we have done so far.
“I am happy for the team, they have not dropped their work ethic. Normally when you win like this you tend to have complacency but I am glad this year we have a group of players who are focused,” Ndiraya said.
“We have been working hard especially on transition, I see a lot of improvement on that. Modern football is all about transition and I think we did well today (yesterday). I would also like to say it again that we have a very strong squad this year and that permits us to rotate the team, that has kept us going.”
Harrison acknowledged that he played against a good team although he felt Ngezi keeper Bernard should have been sent off for handling outside the box when Malvern Gaki raced through on goal early in the first half.
The home side’s keeper only got a yellow from referee Josiah Masimira.
“They are a top team and they smashed us,” said Harrison.
“They have got pace, they have got power, they are good in transition but like I said before, we are still work in progress, we want to aspire to maybe win the league one day. But I feel their keeper should have been sent off, that was a clear red card.”
Ngezi Platinum Stars: D. Bernard, K. Bulaji, L. Chakoroma, K. Murera, J. Nguluve (C. Augusto 62), T. Dzvukamanja (N. Ketala 74), G. Murwira, W. Mukanga, M. Charamba (D. Teguru 90), F. Makarati, T. Chipunza
Harare City: R. Harrison, R. Uchena, T. Chimwemwe, B. Chayambuka, H. Chapusha, T. Samanja, M. Muchenje (L. Muyambo 66), T. Tumba, K. Musharu (W. Muvirimi 58), W. Manondo (M. Vengesayi 35), M. Gaki