Motor Action . . . . . (1) 3
Shabanie Mine . . . . . . . .0
Motor Action heaped more woes on struggling Shabanie Mine with an emphatic victory in a dull Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at the Motor Action Sports Club on Sunday.
The asbestos miners ended the match with 10 men after striker Tarisai Rukanda was shown a straight red in the 70th minute for foul mouthing referee Norman Matemera Defender, Themba Ndlovu converted ,from the spot early in the game while other strikes came from Edmore Chitato and substitute Enasio Perezo in the second half.
The defeat condemned the visitors deep into the relegation zone.
After the resounding win, the Mighty Bulls moved to third position on the log with 10 points while Shabanie Mine remained rooted at the basement with no points.
It was a sweet victory for the league champions who were shocked 1-0 by Shooting Stars on Thursday and their coach Joel Antipas could not hide his delight.
“We had to come back after the Shooting Stars defeat and I think we played well and deserved to win,” said Antipas.
“We controlled the match especially in the second half when the opposition were reduced to 10 men, we used our extra man very well. We still have a lot of work to do especially with our finishing but I’m happy with the three points,” added Antipas.
It was a second defeat in as many games for new Shabanie Mine coach Arnold Jani who took over from Saul Chaminuka.
The youthful coach, who went down 4-0 to a rampant Caps United in his first assignment, was not amused with the way his team played and attacked his impotent strike force which has failed to score in four matches.
“Our performance was not good enough but the main problem is with the strikers. We created a lot of chances but we just cannot score goals. If the guys upfront could score goals, they might ease pressure in defence because if they don’t score the defenders are always bound to make mistakes,” said Jani.
The league champions started brightly and deservedly went ahead, when defender Bonface Dimanji handled in the box as he tried to clear out a long ball, and Matemera pointed to the spot.
Ndhlovu beat the outstretched Victor Twaliki in goals for Shabanie Mine.
Chitato side footed in a second from a corner just a minute after the restart, while Perezo tapped in from close range four minutes from time after some good work by Gift Phiri on the left flank.