CHIREDZI . . . . . . . . . .0
TRIANGLE . . . . . . . . .(1) 1
GISHON NTINI alleged match-fixing yesterday, accusing Triangle of paying off some of his players to lose the Lowveld Derby at Chishamiso Stadium yesterday.
The already relegated Chiredzi FC went on to lose the match 1-0 courtesy of Richard Kawondera fourth minute strike.
The visibly angry Ntini also alleged that Triangle always pay match officials to win their games.
“I didn’t think they played well. Whenever you have money you have no problem and they have resources (Triangle). They must channel those resources to develop football than to buy players and match officials,” he said.
“They paid some of my players to lose the match. I don’t want to mention the players but I think I have made myself clear and they also pay match officials,” he said.
Last week, Hwange cried foul after they lost 1-0 at Gibbo when Triangle were awarded a penalty.
His counterpart Zuze mocked Ntini in the post match interview saying that he talks too much.
“We took the game as another game. We tried to play our normal football but derbies normally do not produce the football we might want,” he said.
The win, however gave the visitors a double over their counterparts after outpacing their counterparts 3-1 at Gibbo Stadium early in the season in a match dribbling wizard Nhamo Lameck banged a hattrick.
But yesterday’s match lacked the ingredients of a derby from the very onset, but what mattered most for the visitors was the vital maximum points as they are fighting the dreaded chop.
They are now on 37 points with just a home match against Shabanie Mine.
The visitors took the lead in the fourth minute through Kawondera who poked home after making a good use of Lameck’s fine cross from the left channel.
In the 13th minute Kawondera almost doubled the side’s lead, but he headed wide another Lameck cross wide with Chiredzi FC goalminder Steven Chimusoro at sea.
Five minutes later Chimusoro produced a fine save to deny Kawondera. Again Kawondera almost benefited from a lapse of concentration by Chiredzi FC goalkeeper Chimusoro and defender Durban Bakali, but he headed wide.
In the 51th minute Triangle defensive midfielder Cabby Kamhapa headed wide a Praise Tonha corner-kick with the home side’s defence at sixes and sevens.
The home side were left furious after referee Munyaradzi Majoni waved away their penalty appeal after William Mapfumo had handled inside his box in the 57th minute.
Chiredzi FC almost restored parity in the 73th minute through Munashe Chinembeza before Triangle missed an opportunity to make it 2-0 at the death through Blessing Maziwisa.