Flame Lily drops to unfashionable Division One

WHAWHA dragged fellow prison wardens’ side, Flame Lily, out of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League, after forcing a draw in a match played at Ascot Stadium, Gweru, yesterday.

BY MUKUDZEI CHINGWERE
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WHAWHA dragged fellow prison wardens’ side, Flame Lily, out of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League, after forcing a draw in a match played at Ascot Stadium, Gweru, yesterday.

Nelson Maziwisa’s stoppage time equaliser cancelled Motion Mponda’s first half strike, condemning Flame Lily to Division One next season.

The Gweru-based WhaWha had already been relegated when they took to the pitch yesterday.

But Flame Lily still entertained an outside chance of surviving and to achieve that, they needed to win their final two matches of the season.

Freed of any pressure the Lloyd Mutasa-coached WhaWha, produced a battling performance condemn the Harare-based side.

With 26 points, Flame Lily are four points off the safety zone with one match to go.

Head coach, Takesure Chiragwi, could not hold back tears after the final whistle.

“We played a decent game, it was written in heaven maybe,” he said.

“We did everything, we played well. We got the early goal we wanted and everything was under control. It is unfortunate we conceded in the last 30 seconds of the game.”


Mutasa is confident his team will bounce back from the second tier league, saying he would stay on as the WhaWha coach, despite relegation.

“As a coach I have seen teams come and go, as was the case with Black Rhinos and Chapungu. You might take a few steps backwards so you go forward stronger,” he said.

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“You never know with football, but I am an employee of the Zimbabwe Prison and Correctional Service and I am committed to my job here.”

The visitors had a perfect start with Mponda’s headed goal, converting a James Chivasa cross after 13 minutes.

Maziwisa had a chance to restore parity moments later, but his header was inches wide.

Chivasa missed a glorious opportunity to double his side’s lead, when he miscued Edwin Maganhanga’s perfectly timed cross.

Ten minutes after the break, Maziwisa was denied by the crossbar, after he had opened space for himself to shoot.

Disaster struck the Chiragwi-coached side when they conceded a penalty a few seconds before full-time and Maziwisa stepped up to send the goalkeeper the wrong way.

Nelson Maziwisa’s stoppage time equaliser cancelled Motion Mponda’s first half strike, condemning Flame Lily to Division One next season.

The Gweru-based WhaWha had already been relegated when they took to the pitch yesterday.

But Flame Lily still entertained an outside chance of surviving and to achieve that, they needed to win their final two matches of the season.

Freed of any pressure the Lloyd Mutasa-coached WhaWha, produced a battling performance condemn the Harare-based side.

With 26 points, Flame Lily are four points off the safety zone with one match to go.

Head coach, Takesure Chiragwi, could not hold back tears after the final whistle.

“We played a decent game, it was written in heaven maybe,” he said.

“We did everything, we played well. We got the early goal we wanted and everything was under control. It is unfortunate we conceded in the last 30 seconds of the game.”

Mutasa is confident his team will bounce back from the second tier league, saying he would stay on as the WhaWha coach, despite relegation.

“As a coach I have seen teams come and go, as was the case with Black Rhinos and Chapungu. You might take a few steps backwards so you go forward stronger,” he said.

“You never know with football, but I am an employee of the Zimbabwe Prison and Correctional Service and I am committed to my job here.”

The visitors had a perfect start with Mponda’s headed goal, converting a James Chivasa cross after 13 minutes.

Maziwisa had a chance to restore parity moments later, but his header was inches wide.

Chivasa missed a glorious opportunity to double his side’s lead, when he miscued Edwin Maganhanga’s perfectly timed cross.

Ten minutes after the break, Maziwisa was denied by the crossbar, after he had opened space for himself to shoot.

Disaster struck the Chiragwi-coached side when they conceded a penalty a few seconds before full-time and Maziwisa stepped up to send the goalkeeper the wrong way.

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1 Comment

  1. WILLARD MUBVUMBI

    Zvakaoma, saka nhai Va Mutasa chamagona chii? Its a case of brother killing a brother. Its better these Teams should go becoz they were doing nothing. Very soon you will see Mutasa leaving the team and coming back when the team is promoted.

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