Quelaton . . . .. . . . . . . .0
Hardbody . . . . . . . . . . (0) 1
Relegation-fighting Premiership newcomers Hardbody collected their first set of maximum points away from home when they beat equally struggling debutantes Quelaton in a dull match at Luveve Stadium yesterday.
Malvern Nyakabangwe fired past Quelaton goalkeeper Winston Chiwetu in the 69th minute after he was set up by captain Callisto Maheya inside the hosts’ penalty box.
The win, however, did not create any movement on the log-standings for the Gweru-based club who have now played 11 games and collected 10 points, winning three times and drawing once but still remain on position 13 on the log-table.
Coach Tavaka Gumbo was ecstatic with the victory and said it was a good sign of good things to come for Hardbody.
“We played very well and got our first three points away from home, a good sign of better things to come for our side. We are definitely going on the market when the transfer window opens to beef up the squad and fight relegation,” the dreadlocked gaffer said.
It was a bad day in office for Quelaton new coach Philani “Beefy” Ncube, losing on his first assignment but he is, however, determined that if the club puts its act together and with resources available to beef up the squad, they might survive the chop.
“If you are on operation survival it means you have to start from scratch. The boys played well but there is no quality in the players that we have and resources permitting, we should be going on the market and getting new players. It is a job and a half; we have to put our act together for survival,” Ncube said.
Quelaton remain perched precariously in the relegation zone with four points from 11 matches.
Nhlanhla Ncube could have put Hardbody ahead 15 minutes into the first half with an easy chance with only Chiwetu to beat.
In the 33rd minute a better positioned Quelaton captain Innocent Kutsanzira opted to push the ball to Eddie Nkulungo when he could have fired past Hardbody goalkeeper Alexander Useni.
Quelaton substitutes Phakamani Dube and Mhleli Sibanda tried to raise the tempo of the game in the second half but Hardbody defended their solitary goal with former Hwange player Andrew Chuma and Maheya outstanding in the middle of the park. Save for the goal by Nyakabangwe, the second half did not produce much of goalmouth-action.