Dongo Sawmills FC . . . . . . (0) 0
Hwange FC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (0) 1
BY KENNETH NYANGANI
HWANGE edged Dongo Sawmill in a closely contested Castle Lager Premier Soccer League encounter at Vhengere Stadium yesterday.
Innocent Mucheneka’s second half strike broke Dongo’s heart as the hosts continued their theme of failing to convert their fine performances into wins.
Dongo could, however, have gone ahead as early as the 10th minute, but Kudzai Chideu skied his free kick from a promising position.
Last Jesi was also to come close in the 34th minute, but also failed to hit the target.
Elliot Mingiri summed up Dongo’s poor finishing by missing an empty net off a Collins Dhuwa cross.
Hwange came back from the breather the better side and duly went ahead in the 60th minute when Mucheneka spotted Forward Pfumojena off his line to volley home.
Rodwell Chinyengetere could have doubled the lead five minutes later had his header not been cleared off the line by Martin Tapatapa.
In the 75th minute, Aleck Marime was presented with a good opportunity to stretch the lead. He, however, failed to beat Pfumojena in a one on one situation.
Dongo then raised their game and could have salvaged a point. They were denied by the visitors’ goal-minder Maway Takabva in the 87th minute.
Hwange assistant coach Njekwa Mebelo said the win was a result of good planning.
“I’m happy with the team’s performance we adjusted to the pitch but we managed to play according to the team plan. İt was a good response after losing to Caps United. We are very happy with the performance of our team,” Mebelo said.
Dongo’s assistant gaffer Dananai Chinowawa still believes that his side can still avoid the dreaded chop.
“We missed chances but if we manage to score goals we can survive relegation. Goal scoring is our big letdown. We can still avoid relegation,” Chinowawa said.