AFTER 18 solid months’ absence from action following a horrific career threatening injury, Rodwell Chinyengetere inspired Hwange to a 5-1 victory over Buffaloes to give the coalminers a good start in the 2014 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League.
Chinyengetere grabbed a brace as Chipangano walloped Buffaloes at the Colliery on Sunday and his return could spell a good season for Hwange, who narrowly survived relegation, ending 2013 on position 10 with 41 points, just three above Black Mambas who were given the boot.
The former Hwange captain and Warriors midfielder scored twice in the second half in the 41st and 69th minute with the other goals coming from another brace by Evans Rusike and young Tafara Chese for the coalminers to claim the top spot in their first match of the season.
Hwange head coach Nation Dube yesterday hailed Chinyengetere.
“His (Chinyengetere) comeback is a booster for us. He is a playmaker and is definitely an inspiration.
“I am very sure that we will be watching exciting football this year.
“He has fully recovered and played 90 minutes on Sunday.
“We now look forward to play FC Platinum, who will be under-pressure as they will be playing at home and after we walloped Buffaloes,” Dube said.
Chinyengetere suffered a double fracture in September 2012 in a match against Monomotapa when goalkeeper Artwell Mukandi (now at Dynamos) lunged at him in the 59th minute and referee Batsirai Muchenje ignored the incident, not even cautioning the goalkeeper.
He was later rushed to hospital and Hwange has been taking care of his rehabilitation.
The coalminers play their second match away in Zvishavane against FC Platinum on Saturday.