Shabanie Mine . . . . . . . . .(0) 1
Gunners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (1) 2
Gunners forward Munyaradzi Kunyarimwe scored one of the fastest goals this season after breaking the deadlock just 48 seconds in the match to help his side post a crucial 2-1 away win over Shabanie Mine in the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League at Maglas yesterday.
Kunyarimwe tapped home a cross from exciting winger Ali Sadiki as Chando Kupisa caught the Shabanie Mine defenders flatfooted soon after kickoff.
Leonard Fiyado increased the visitors’ lead three minutes after the restart, tapping past Roy Mazingi in goals before Shabanie Mine got their face saver through Kudzanai Kwashi in the 50th minute.
With the win, Gunners climbed two places up to ninth position on 26 points while Shabanie Mine remained in the relegation picture on 13th position, six points adrift.
Gunners’ coach, Moses Chunga, who is yet to taste defeat in five matches since rejoining Gunners said: “I’m delighted with the victory. I just told my players to play their normal football.
“Everyone worked hard and we deserved to win this match and we will continue working hard in the coming matches.”
His opposite Luke Masomere, who joined the club from Masvingo United recently, said he was pleased with the performance of his team although they didn’t collect maximum points.
“It was a good game and we were unfortunate, just unfortunate not to score. My strikers missed some good chances and we were made to pay for it.
However, it’s still game on and we will remain focused as we battle against relegation,” said Masomere.
Shabanie Mine went into the match with confident after beating Zimbabwe Saints in their last league encounter but any hopes they had of making it two out of two were scuppered soon after kickoff.
The early goals unsettled them and despite being cheered on by the home fans they never recovered as Gunners posted yet another famous victory under Chunga.