Gunners ………………. (1) 1
Shabanie Mine …………. 0
Champions Gunners cruised to a sweet victory over visiting Shabanie Mine in an exciting Premier Soccer League match at the National Sports Stadium Sunday.
Striker Norman Maroto scored the all-important goal in the 36th minute to give “Chando Kupisa” the three points in front of less than 50 fans.
With the win, Gunners dislodged Shabanie Mine from third position on the log with the Zvishavane based side dropping to fifth position with 29 points.
Chando Kupisa head coach Darlington Dodo was a naturally relieved man after the match, saying his aim was to qualify for the Caf Champions League.
“We are in a good position to qualify for the Champions League and it is our main priority at the moment. If we continue playing like we did today, there is nothing that can stop us,” said Dodo.
John Phiri, the Shabanie Mine coach said he was happy with his charges’ performance despite the loss.
“It was not our day, we dominated the game but we lacked that killer instinct. Overall, it was a good show by my boys,” said Phiri.
Shabanie dominated the proceedings from the first whistle, literally camping into the opposition half.
They could have scored in the 15th minute but Tafadzwa Mombeshora’s header from a Christian Masocha free kick bounced off the crossbar with goalkeeper Tafadzwa Dube, a mere spectator.
After the miss by Mombeshora, Shabanie continued to bombard the Gunners’ goal area but to no avail.
They were punished when Maroto pounced after receiving a square pass from Elvis Meleka.
The former Dynamos hitman’s initial effort was punched back into his path by goalkeeper Roy Mazungi and Maroto did not make any mistake with the rebound.
Gunners must have felt hard done by the referee Batsirai Muchenje who disallowed what looked like a genuine goal by Maroto in the 84th minute.
Impressive left, back Qadr Amini was given too much space on the left which he exploited before executing an inch perfect cross that was headed home by Maroto, but the referee surprisingly disallowed the effort.