Douglas Warriors………. 0
A penalty by left back Qadr Amin in the 70th minute was enough for Gunners to beat struggling Douglas Warriors in a dull Premier Soccer League match played at Gwanzura stadium Sunday.
The champions, who played ineptly the whole game, were awarded the penalty after Douglas Warriors goalkeeper Lovemore Makwavarara had brought down impressive attacking midfielder Ali Sadiki in the penalty box.
Sadiki won the ball just outside the penalty box and waved past a cluster of bemused Douglas Warriors defenders, but before he could unleash his shot at goal, Makwavarara hacked him down and referee Lazarus Dirwai did not hesitate to point on the spot.
Amin, sent Makwavarara the wrong side. Gunners coach Darlington Dodo was naturally a happy man after the final whistle.
“I’m happy for the team although we didn’t play our normal game.The most important thing is that we won the match and we are keeping pace with the other teams,” said Dodo.
Gunners remain on fourth position on the log with 24 points. The champions could not dislodge third placed Shabanie Mine who beat Monomotapa 2 – 0 at Maglas stadium yesterday to add their tally to 27 points.
Douglas Warriors had themselves to blame for losing the game after they dominated the opening exchanges.
The clever interchange of their attacking players, involving Raphel Manuvire, Tawanda Muparati and former Highlanders and Dynamos big striker Admire Dzukamanja proved too much to handle for the Gunners midfield and defence.
Gunners goalkeeper Tafadzwa Dube also proved why he was selected in the national team when he pulled off a top class save, palming away a shot from Manuvire after the midfielder had got received a pass from substitute Lot Chiunga in the dying minutes of the match.
Beaven Gwamure, the Douglas Warriors coach was not a happy man: “Its disheartening that we played so well but still lost. The difference was that Gunners took their chance and we failed to convert the numerous that came our way.”