Champions Gunners bounced back from their five-game drawing–streak to hammer relegation bound Bantu Rovers in a Premier Soccer League match at Rufaro Stadium Friday.
A brace by midfielder Ali Sadiki scored in the fifth minute and 75th minute, coupled by a snap shot from Norman Maroto in the 29th minute and an easy tap–in by substitute Ismael Lawe in the 93rd minute made Gunners’ win resounding.
Bantu Rovers got their consolation goal via the boot of Danny Phiri in the 60th minute.
The emphatic win ensured Gunners amass 40 points and in the process dislodging Highlanders from third position on the log courtesy of a better goal difference.
As for Bantu Rovers, the defeat condemned them deep into the relegation zone.
The Methembe Ndlovu–owned team are rooted at the bottom of the log with a paltry 15 points although they are not mathematically out of the premier league yet.
But all indicators are showing that they will be playing Division One football next season.
Sadiki, who put a commanding display Friday’s, said he was happy with the team’s performance.
“I’m happy with my two goals but I attribute them to teamwork.We played as a unit and the results are there for everyone to see,” said Sadiki who has scored five goals for the defending champions this season.
Bantu Rovers coach Gift Lunga (snr) was livid with the way Gweru–based referee Thomas Masaa handled the match.
“You saw the game for yourself, there is nothing much I can say,” said Lunga.
“The referee was not up to scratch, he denied us three penalties. I’m not saying the match officials should favour us but they must be fair,” added Lunga.