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ZPC Kariba finally lose

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Chapungu . . . . . . . (1) 3
ZPC Kariba    . . . . . (0)

MUKUDZEI CHINGWERE

CHAPUNGU achieved what all the other teams in the Premier Soccer League have failed to do in the first 19 matches of this season when they handed ZPC Kariba their first defeat of the season after a 3-0 win at Ascot Stadium in Gweru yesterday.

A brace from Brighton Mugoni and an own goal from Pardon Chinungwa sealed the famous victory.

The result means Highlanders’ 24-match unbeaten run record remains intact after the newly-promoted Kariba-based side was halted having managed 19 matches without defeat.

While the airmen remain unbeaten at their home venue, yesterday’s result has catapulted them to position nine with 26 points.

Both teams had their head coaches absent attending a coaching course. After the match Chapungu’s Clement Mugari chose to attribute the win to their imperious home record.

“It feels great to win but it is one of those achievements we have always been doing at home. We needed to start collecting points and the win has just left us in a very good position,” said Mugari.

ZPC Kariba’s Tembo Chuma conceded that it is part of the game.
“It is part of football. They pressured our defense and they got a result. It is a setback indeed but we have to move on,” he said.

The stage for a heroic act was set minutes into the match when 3 planes of the Air force of Zimbabwe  had a fly past at the venue in a diamond formation, a feat which has been popularised as a presidential honor.

Chapungu controlled the tempo of the match from the outset and within the opening four minutes Maxwell Mavhuto showed that they mean business with a powerful shot that was saved by Wilson Muchenje in goal for the visitors.

Thirty two minutes into the game Mugoni headed in Victor Bangira’s cross for the opening goal.

In the 53rd minute Tawanda Nyamandwe was unfortunate not to equalise for the visitors when his header crashed against the woodwork.

Three minutes later it was the host who celebrated again when Chinungwa deflected Charles Murisa’s cross into his own net to further dampen his teammate’s chances of a comeback.

In the 65th minute Mugoni completed his brace when he turned Dexter Phiri inside out in the box before sending a low shot that beat Muchenje.

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