Harare City clamp Dongo Sawmill

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DONGO SAWMILL . . . . . . . 0) 0
HARARE CITY . . . . . . . . . (2) 3

KENNETH NYANGANI IN RUSAPE

DONGO Sawmill’s poor home record continued yesterday after they were defeated by Harare City in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match played at Vengere Stadium.

The Rusape-based side is struggling at their own backyard as they are yet to collect maximum points. The Premiership debutants collected their first set of points after they defeated Flame Lily 2-1 in the capital last week for their only win in 13 matches.

Harare City started the match on a strong footing and they were duly rewarded on the 6th minute after defender Crispen Dickson scored from a freekick just outside his opposition box beating out-of-sorts goalkeeper Tinashe Mberi.

The home’s side first real chance came in the 22nd minute but midfielder Never Tigere failed to direct his shot into the nets after he was set up by Lawrence Masibhera.

The visitors increased their lead three minutes later after Martin Vengesai headed home a James Jam cross. The visitors almost increased their tally in the 39th minute, but Vengesai headed wide with only Mberi to beat.

The home side made a double substitution in the 65th minute, but the move could not bring goals. Dongo substituted Blessing Dzumbunu and Khumbulani Njovo for Dion Coutinho and Deverson Maneya.
Maneya almost pulled one back for Dongo, but his shot missed the target by a few inches in the 70th minute.

Five minutes later William Manondo scored a beauty from outside the opposition box. He received a pass from Young Warriors star Tinotenda Kadewere and struck once to beat Mberi.

Harare City assistant coach Mkhuphali Masuku said he was happy with his side’s performance. “I am happy that we finally won away from home. Since the start of the season we had not won away from home. But today we did it in a stylish way and we hope we are going to maintain our good form,” he said.

His counterpart Shadreck Mugurasave sang the same old song.

“It was the same old story losing once again at home but we are hoping that everything is going to improve,” he said.