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A rather wasteful Gunners piled on the pressure on relegation threatened Kiglon at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday, posting a narrow in a Castle Lager Premiership match.

Kiglon played the optional time with nine men after left-back Arnold Chivheya was shown a red card for a second bookable offence.

Michele Katsvairo scored the only goal of the match in the seventh minute.

With the loss, Kiglon remained rooted at the basement of the log with a paltry 21 points and with only five games left to play before the season ends, there is no doubt the financially unstable team is beginning to worry.

It was all smiles for Moses Chunga’s team as they ignited their hopes of a top-four finish. Gunners moved two places up the ladder to sixth position with 38 points, just a point behind Highlanders and two shy of Hwange who are also fighting for the same position.

A dejected-looking Kiglon coach Takaendesa Jongwe said: “With this loss today it is now becoming more and more difficult for us. We tried all we could do, but we lost the match. We had our chances, but we couldn’t convert.It’s very unfortunate.”

Chunga who took over when the team was fighting relegation said: “We are not looking into positions at the moment. We just want to enjoy playing good football and be happy that we would be playing Premier League football next season.”

The charismatic coach added: “We could have scored more goals, but we made life difficult for ourselves by missing several chances. But anyway half a loaf is better than nothing.”

Gunners controlled the early proceedings and had two clear- cut chances in the first four which Hardlife Zvirekwi and Ismael Lawe squandered.

Kiglon’s Yves Ebabali was denied by Gunners goalkeeper George Chigova on the other end while Jimmy Dzingirai had to make a desperate clearance off the line to save Chigova some blushes as the game got off to a blistering pace.

Chando Kupisa’s dominance turned into a goal when Katsvairo received a ball with his back on goal before making a swift turn and release a good shot that Steven Chimusoro could only parry into his own net.