Black Mambas . . . . . . . . .(3) 6
Blue Ribbon . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0
Blue Ribbon were handed a suspicious half a dozen-goal demolition by a fired up Black Mambas, but can still survive relegation in a one- sided Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at Morris Depot on Sunday.
Black Mambas went into the match also needing a win to emerge from relegation troubles and they did that in style as they outclassed an out-of-sorts Misheck Chidzambwa-coached Blue Ribbon.
“I am at a loss for words with this defeat and have no comment,” said Chidzambwa at the end of the match.
The battle for the remaining relegation slot is now between Masvingo United, former champions Monomotapa and Shabanie, who face Highlanders in the last game of the season.
The police outfit had raced into the lead with skipper Convenience Hungwe latching onto a corner kick from Abbas Amidu after 10 minutes.
Then in the 21st minute, the industrious Hungwe found acres of space near the centre circle before releasing a rasping long-range drive that beat goalkeeper Tapiwa Zvaita.
Chidzambwa then responded by introducing goalkeeper Earnmore Hamandishe for Zvaita in the 29th minute, but still Hamandishe had the nightmare of retrieving the ball four times from the nets with Innocent Nyoni heading home a cross from the left by Proud Khumalo to make it 3-0 in the 35th minute.
However, Blue Ribbon could have scored a face-
saver in the 53rd minute after referee Nomore Musundire awarded them a penalty, adjudging that skipper James Jam had been harshly brought down by Kasimero.
Before they had regrouped, Peter Kachirika sidefooted the ball home following a wonderful cross by Khumalo after 64 minutes.
Mambas increased the lead to 5-0 with Khumalo, who was outstanding throughout the match, heading a cross from Amidu into the nets a minute later.
Amidu then sealed Blue Ribbon’s sealed fate when he connected a cross from Sebastian Mutizirwa after 72 minutes to give the match a tennis-like scoreline.