Motor Action . . . . . . . . . . (2) 3
Lengthens . . . . . . . . . . . . .(0) 1
Black Mambas . . . . . . . . . . . . 0
Dynamos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (1) 1
Motor Action are the 2010 Premier Soccer League (PSL) champions after putting up a flawless performance to beat relegated Lengthens at Motor Action Sports Club on Sunday.
The Mighty Bulls read the script, mastered it and performed it perfectly as Enasio Perezo struck twice in 19 minutes before Passmore Bernard’s speculative cross deceived goalkeeper Muzondiwa Gonese in the 48th minute.
Lengthens’ consolation came from Malvern Chipunza two minutes after the breather. The Mighty Bulls’ celebrations were suitably flamboyant, a reflection of their delight at ending the decade-long spell in league combat.
No team has been as ruthless as the Mighty Bulls at punishing stricken opponents, and they set about putting Lengthens to the sword as the home fans revelled in the evident win.
There simply cannot be any better way to seal a league title than with the polished performance such as the one that Motor Action exhibited on Sunday.
In doing so, Joey Antipas’ magnificent side not only secured the club’s first championship in a decade but did so with a record number of goals, smashing in 52 goals in total this season. Motor Action owner Erick Rosen was at a loss for words when the referee blew to end the match.
“What can I say? I’m happy, I’m more than happy,” said the ecstatic Rosen.
“We played well the whole season, we deserved it. Thanks to the boys, the technical team, the management, and the supporters. This was teamwork and we should be proud of ourselves.”
The Motor Action boss, who started sponsoring premier football in 2002, credited the win to hard work and resilience.
“Some clubs even bow out of the league but for us it was different. We worked hard and it’s all about resilience. The dream has finally come true, I always wanted to play in Africa, in the Champions League and here I am,” said Rosen.
As for Lengthens, it is all over for them. The financially troubled team joins Bantu Rovers, FC Victoria and Douglas Warriors in the unfashionable second-tier league.
Coach Jostein Mathuthu, who at half-time had to be restrained by the police as he charged fiercely at the referee, was a livid man at the end of the match and even said he suspected some of his players had “sold the game”. He also blamed the owners of the team for deserting the side.
“It’s a cardinal sin to be a poor team. You could see that some of the players gave away the game,’ fumed Mathuthu. “You cannot rule out anything at the moment, everything is possible.
“We are talking of people who don’t have cash here and what can you expect from those who have cash? They do as they wish.
“The owners were the first to go down, and the team followed them down,” added Mathuthu.
At Morris Depot, Dynamos edged police side Black Mambas on Sunday but they could not score enough goals to pip Motor Action in the battle for the unbranded Premier Soccer League, losing the battle on goal difference. Dylan Chivandire scored the solitary goal after 37 minutes after Black Mambas goalkeeper Didymus Chakabva fumbled a David Kutyauripo cross.
Backed by a huge partisan crowd which braved the
wet weather, Dynamos could just not manage to score the required goals.
This meant Dynamos finished the season level on points with Motor Action despite a six-game winning streak in what will go down in history as one of the most nail- biting climaxes in the domestic league.
However, it was all celebrations for the home side as they managed to survive relegation after their nearest rivals Lengthens were beaten 3-1 by eventual champions Motor Action. Dynamos coach Elvis “Chuchu” Chiweshe said although it was a painful failure to win the championship it was important for all the stakeholders to accept the result and hope to do better next time.
“It’s a painful way to fail to win the championship but we have to quickly accept the result. The good thing is we managed to win our game and finish well, and we now have to focus on the positives as we managed to win three trophies this season. I’m happy with the performance of my players; they showed a lot of character in the last six games and it’s something that we have to appreciate,” said a visibly disappointed Chiweshe.
His opposite number, John “Toto” Ncube, said: “I’m happy that we managed to survive relegation but we wanted to win this match but it’s unfortunate that we conceded that goal in the first half. We now have to make sure that this does not happen again next season.”
Chivandire, who has had a love-hate relationship with the Dynamos fans gave the team some hope with a goal after Chakabva failed to deal with a Kutyauripo cross.