A SECOND-HALF brace by Black Rhinos striker, Lot Chiwunga was enough to give the army side victory over hosts, Hwange in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at the Colliery yesterday.
BY Tinashe Mungazi
Black Rhinos almost broke the deadlock, with a Benjamin Marere shot after 25 minutes, but goalkeeper, Taimon Mvula averted the danger.
Chipangano dominated play for the better part of the first half, but failed to convert that into goals. The coal miners’ real chance came in the 34th minute, when Deric Murimba broke out from the midfield to outrun defender, Wilson Chakanyuka on the right flank, before sneaking a cross into the box, which found no takers. In the 56th minute, the visitors went ahead, when Marere sent in a cross with Chiwunga doing the rest. Hwange’s woes almost mounted as Marere unleashed a shot from the edge, which hit the crossbar.
Chiwunga completed the brace in optional time after getting to the end of a cross by substitute, Sydney Linyama.
Hwange coach, Bigboy Mawiwi was bitter, as he was still trying to come to terms with the soft goals his boys conceded.
“We started off well, we were hungry and there was a desire to win. Everyone knows the position we are in, but we had a lapse in concentration, which led to us conceding two soft goals,” he said.
For his counterpart, Stanford “Stix” Mtizwa it was a good day’s work after fashioning a win away from home.
“The boys played very well. It was an important victory, it’s a big bonus to collect maximum points away from home. I wish we keep our winning ways,” he said.