Gunners (1). . . . . . . . . . 1
Black Mambas. . . . . . . 0
Former champions Gunners eased their relegation woes after picking up their first win at Lafarge Stadium, following their win over Black Mambas in a Castle Lager Premiership football match on Sunday.
Gunners, who were missing the services of their head coach Darlington Dodo due to family commitments and inspirational captain Qadr Amin, got the solitary goal through striker Leonard Fiyado in the 38th minute.
Gunners, the better team on the day, had their goalkeeper Prosper Chigumba – who pulled off a save from point-blank range to deny Protasho Kabwe – to thank with eight minutes to go before their midfielder Charles Makuruva hit the crossbar in injury time.
However, it was Fiyado’s low shot from inside the Mambas’ box which made the difference as he managed to beat Didymus Chakabva in goal for the visitors after Lovemore Maphuya and Ben Nyahunzvi reacted slowly to clear a cross from Gunners’ full-back Hardlife Zvirekwi.
With the win Gunners, who were anchoring the log for the better part of this season, exchanged places with Black Mambas, going into 14th position on 11 points, while the latter dropped into 15th position on 10 points from 12 matches.
An elated Gunners’ assistant coach George Madira said after the match:
“My guys were hungrier; you could see by the way they were quicker on the ball from the start of the match as we were in desperate need of nothing but a win before today’s match. We are over the moon as this is our first win at Lafarge Stadium and we want to promise the fans that we will continue working hard.”