Triangle spoil Chidzambwa’s return

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NEW ZPC Kariba head coach Sunday Chidzambwa had a disappointing return after his side lost to Triangle in Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match played at Gibbo Stadium yesterday.

BY KENNETH NYANGANI IN CHIREDZI

TRIANGLE . . . . . . . . . . . . .(0)1
ZPC KARIBA . . . . . . . . . . . . .(0)

Hardlife Mavhundi made the difference in the 73rd minute.

It had been a long road for Chidzambwa, a former Warriors coach, who quit Dynamos on September 5, 1999 after the Harare giants were defeated 2-0 by Tunisia’s Esperance in the Caf Champions League at the National Sports Stadium.

Since then, a lot has happened: He has coached the Warriors, served a match-fixing ban and coached in the South Africa Premiership. His last coaching stint was South African National First Division side Black Leopards in 2013.

Chidzambwa’s return yesterday after 16 years’ absence from the local league clearly frustrated the home side charges for 72 minutes as they defended with their backs against a side that had destroyed visiting teams with ease.

Chidzambwa said the game of football was all about creating chances and making use of them.

“As long as you create scoring chances you have a better chance of winning games, the problem comes when you don’t create opportunities. So by missing good chances in the first half it was not good at all,’’ he said.

His counterpart Kelvin Kaindu said it was good to collect another three points at home.

“This is a hard-fought three points and our opponents defended well. I am happy we created a lot of scoring opportunities, but in the second half we raised our game and we scored the winning goal,” he said.

ZPC Kariba were first on the offensive, but Pride Tafirenyika failed to beat the opposition goalkeeper Ashley Reyners from outside the box while at the other end, Pasca Manhanga was let loose by the visitors’ rearguard before unleashing a cross that was connected well by striker Felix Kuswatuka, but hit the upright post.

In the 28th minute Young Warriors players Praise Tonha and Malvern Gaki had a neat exchange of passes on the right channel finding midfielder Kuswatuka inside the box, but the visitors’ defenders were quick to clear out the danger.

Reyners was then quick to react to a Tawanda Nyamandwe shot after he was set up by the exciting Raphael Manuvire, who had subtracted a cluster of his markers.

Triangle had a penalty appeal waved away by Bikita-based referee Makonese Masakadza after defender Appiah Sylvester handled Lameck Nhamo’s cross in the 47th minute. Triangle, however, broke the ice in the 73rd minute when former Masvingo United player Mavhundi headed home a Tonha corner kick.

2 COMMENTS

  1. With due respect this Mhofu guy surely should now be eyeing a zifa post with all his experiencies, not coaching in the local league, he is of much use at zifa, coaching now need the young turks, he should be grooming them that crowding them out.

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