A solitary strike from man-of- the-match Charles Chiutsa added more misery to struggling Shooting Stars as Monomotapa picked up maximum points in a Premier Soccer League match at Rufaro Stadium yesterday.
The win lifted Monomotapa two places up the ladder to fifth position with 20 points, while Stars remained 13th and are a point away from the relegation zone.
Monomotapa coach Taurai Mangwiro was a relieved man after the final whistle, although he expressed disappointment with his strikers for failing to harvest more goals from the match.
“We had a good game today (yesterday) but we were also our own enemies for failing to convert the numerous chances that we created. My strikers’ conversion rate is very worrying but I am working on that,” said Mangwiro.
His opposite number, Gishon Ntini, conceded his team struggled against the well-oiled Monoz machine.
“They were clearly more hungry than us and dominated the game but they failed to convert all their chances. We still have a chance to pick up the points but we need to work hard,” said the nomadic Ntini. Despite controlling the game from the outset, Monomotapa failed to convert numerous chances with Kudakwashe Musharu and Tawanda Nyamandwe the main culprits.
Nyamandwe was unlucky though in the first minute as his strike was disallowed for offside by referee while Tendai Samanja’s effort dipping shot from just outside the penalty box crashed against the crossbar.
Sensing that they could nick a goal, Monomotapa continued to bombard the Stars goal and they were rewarded in the 32nd minute. Roving righ-back Tapuwa Kumbuyani received the ball on the centre line and accelerated towards the Shooting Stars goal before he squared the ball to Chiutsa who scrambled it over the line.
Monomotapa cobble win to pile Stars’ misery