FC Victoria……….(1) 1
Gunners heaped more woes on relegation- bound FC Victoria with an emphatic 5-1 win in a rearranged Premiership soccer match played at Rufaro Stadium on Monday.
A brace by striker Tongai Mangwendere in the 21st and 30th minute and strikes from Norman Maroto (27th minute), Tapiwa Mangezi (75th minute) and Patrick Makuvaza in the 81st minute made Chando Kupisa’s win more resounding.
The Masvingo-based team got their consolation goal through the boot of Tichaona Zvandasara in the 35th minute.
After the emphatic win, Gunners dislodged Hwange from fourth position with 50 points.
FC Victoria remained rooted at the bottom of the log with 17 points and they have conceded a massive 57 goals so far.
Gunners coach Darlington Dodo was naturally a happy man after the win and quipped he could have been more satisfied had his team managed to hit double figures.
“We played well, but we could have scored double figures if we were more precise in front of goal,” said Dodo.
FC Victoria goalkeeper Dzingai Murinye, who had to inherit the coaching duties after gaffer Soul Chaminuka failed to travel with the team said he was happy with his peers’ performance considering the problems they encountered going into the match.
“This was the best we could give today,” said Murinye. “Actually, I’m very happy with the performance of the team, we were denied three times by the post and considering the problems we encountered, we did our best,” said FC Victoria first choice goalkeeper.
The Masvingo-based side, who could not travel to the capital on Sunday because their bus was allegedly impounded by the Vehicle Inspection Department, pitched at the match venue 10 minutes late, without the coach, his assistant and five of their regular players.
Murinye said there was communication breakdown after their bus was instructed to go back to Masvingo and some of their team members thought the trip had been cancelled.
However, despite the hugely embarrassing scoreline FC Victoria gave a good account of themselves and just like Gunners, they were also denied thrice by the woodwork.
Mangwendere opened the scoring when he benefited from a misjudged back pass by Patson Sinamai to round off goalkeeper David Madziwana and slotted in the empty net.
Gunners scored the second goal six minutes later when Norman Togara’s long clearance was flicked back by Mangwendere into the path of Maroto who beat the outdrawn Madziwana. Mangwendere completed his brace in the 30th minute when he headed in a Maroto cross.
Zvandasara pulled one back when he outpaced Togara to let fly a scorcher past Tafadzwa Dube. Substitute Mangezi registered his name on the scoresheet when he got to the end of a Makuvaza cross to easily place the ball past the outstretched Madziwana.
Makuvaza put the icing on the cake nine minutes from time when he dispossessed defender Walter Mukanga inside the box to blast past the stranded goalkeeper.