Supercharged Black Mambas administered its venom on Ngezi Platinum Stars U19 inflicting the first defeat on the log leaders with a 2-1 victory in a Northern Region Soccer League match at Morris Sports Club on Saturday.
Ngezi Platinum Stars U19 had not dropped a point in the first five matches of the season and looked on course towards winning their sixth straight match when Tinashe Mabvudzi put them ahead early in the first half. Mabvudzi picked up a diagonal pass from Nyaradzai Ndlovu and out sprinted the Black Mambas defence before slotting the ball past the goalkeeper.
Black Mambas turned on the heat in the second half with Oswald Kavhumbura equalising eight minutes after the restart finishing off a rebound after Ngezi Platinum Stars U19 goalkeeper Prince Mujuru had saved his initial strike.
Mambas then grabbed the winner on the stroke of full time through a well taken long range free kick from Tafadzwa Gege. With the win Black Mambas reduced the gap between them and Ngezi Platinum Stars U19 to just a point and assistant coach Innocent Nyoni said this was a sweet victory for his charges although he was quick to put in a word of caution.
“You see every game means a lot to these youngsters. They are putting a lot of work to get the results and now we are seeking consistency,” Nyoni said.
“But like I always say, we don’t want to put pressure on the youngsters. It’s building, brick by brick at a time until we get the momentum. Remember it’s only six games into the season so a win against Ngezi Platinum Stars U19 is not something that should make us get carried away, it’s still a very long way to go in this marathon.”
Ngezi Platinum Stars U19 assistant Wellington Chirinda conceded defeat and said the result gives them something to work on going forward.
” Of course we are feeling bad, we are feeling sad after taking the lead first but as a developmental side it’s also a learning curve getting results like this one,” Chirinda said.
“We have to work on the guys so that when we are going to play against a seasoned team like this, they will know we have to be composed in all aspects of the game. We were waiting for a result like this so that they get used to situations like this and we prepare them mentally.”
Commando Bullets moved into third position after seeing off Shamva Mine 2-1 at Commando Barracks. Shamva Mine took the lead first through a Nicholas Alifandika penalty conversion in the first half but Bullets rallied back with Arnold Madzudzo getting the equaliser before Enerst Mativenga once again proved to be the hero for the army side getting the winner from the penalty spot towards the end of the match. Herentals U20 climbed up to fourth position after their 3-1 win over Concession United. Patrick Mupanehari and Prince Mayembe were on target for Herentals U20 with the other goal coming from an own goal by a Concession United player.
Gift Mwinga dampened former Chegutu Pirates coach Richard Chunga’s return to Chegutu as his solitary strike gave Pirates a 1-0 win past Chinhoyi Stars at Pfupajena stadium. Jairos Kasondo netted his fourth goal of the season, powering PAM FC to a 1-0 win over Trojan Stars at Muriel Mine stadium. Tapiwa Tasiyana thought he had given Karoi United their second win of the season when he opened the scoring in the first half before Prince Matafare equalised for OMNIA in the dying stages at Kuwadzana stadium in Banket.
Lloyd Mutasa started his tenure as MWOS coach with a 1-1 draw against ZRP Harare at Ngoni stadium. Captain Marshall Kawashu put MWOS into the lead twelve minutes into the second half before 20 year old Felix Chihweta levelled the scoring for ZRP Harare with his third goal of the season.
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