Ndiraya’s Stars shine

THIS was supposed to be Ngezi Platinum Stars’ biggest test and the most difficult examination of their dominance in the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League this far, against former champions Caps United, their bogey side.

CAPS United………….. (1) 1
Ngezi Platinum……… (2) 2

But in the end, this was too easy for the Mhondoro Ngezi-based team in a thrilling contest played at the National Sports Stadium.

The scoreline might suggest a closely fought contest, but if the truth be told, the visitors were just better in all aspects of the game.

Tonderai Ndiraya’s men did not just win this match, but did it with a vivacious show of swagger, intensity, and most importantly, the accuracy that he has always demanded.
Even after John Zhuwawu had given the hosts a 27th minute lead from a well-worked goal that involved Simba Nhivi, the visitors didn’t look bothered or petrified.
It was as if they knew that they would get their goals. And the seemingly inevitable equaliser arrived nine minutes later.

Terrence Dzukamanja’s dipping shot kick-started the fightback, before James Ngulube made sure of the points with a rising shot from a rebound just before the halftime whistle, a goal that ensured their unbeaten record stretches to eleven games.

In the post-match media conference, an impressed Ndiraya said: “I’m satisfied. It has been a long time before we beat Caps United. We achieved this through sheer hard work. We always had hope, we always believed that one day we will win against Caps United. We were splendid today. We got more chances than Caps United in the first half.

In the second half we came back a little bit defensive, which is what we wanted. Overally, it was a very good game, which we enjoyed and which the fans also enjoyed.”
Caps United coach Chitembwe was equally frank on his assessment of the game.

“To be honest, I think we were very poor today, we only played in the first 15 minutes and thereafter our backs were on the wall. Our application was very poor, and there were times it appeared as if we were slightly overawed by the occasion. Credit to Ngezi, they did apply themselves well, and they got the two goals and I’m sure they deserved the victory today,” he admitted.

This will go down as probably one of the most entertaining games in the league in recent times, with two exciting teams willing to go at each other.

Chances were aplenty in the frantic opening minutes, with Nhivi failing to connect from a rebound after keeper Bernard Donovan had blocked a shot early on.

It was Dzvukamanja who wasted the first real opportunity when he got to the end of a cross, but his weak left shot was pushed out for a corner.

Keith Murera was allowed to get to an end of the resultant corner kick, fortunately for United, his header went wide.

But the way the home side’s defence was letting the opponents free headers from set pieces should have alarmed Chitembwe and his bench.

However, Ngezi were punished for the misses at the other end. A long ball from deep was expertly controlled by Nhivi, on to the path of Zhuwawu, who blasted home, his shot talking a slight deflection to wrong foot Donovan.

Caps looked to be on the ascendancy with Josta Ngodzo and Denver Mukamba pulling strings in the midfield.

The lead would last only nine minutes though. Ngulube was a nuisance on the right channel, easily getting past defenders. In one of his mazy runs, he skipped past Valentine Musarurwa before crossing for Donald Teguru.

The Ngezi number 10 released Dzvukamanja, who controlled the ball before releasing a shot that looped over Chris Mverechena, in goals for United.
The visitors took the lead right at the end of the first half.

Another free header crashed on to the upright by Marlon Mushonga, and with the defenders guilty of ball watching, Ngulube reacted the quickest to hit the back of the net with a rising shot as Ngezi went to the break well in control.

Chitembwe’s side had a worst possible start to the second half when skipper Stephen Makatuka hobbled off the pitch following a pulled muscle.

Second half substitute Michael Charamba’s speed caused havoc for Caps’ defence and his efforts deserved a goal.

He went close to getting one when he raced clear on 73rd minute, picking the ball at the halfway line and accelerated into the box, but his shot was blocked by a sprawling Chris Mverechena.

United threw everything at Ngezi late on, with the exciting Peter “Rio” Moyo initiating most of the moves, but they couldn’t just breach the visitors’ resolute wall well marshalled by an impressive Liberty Chakoroma.


Caps United: C Mverechena, P Tonha (B Muzondiwa, 78′), V Musarurwa, S Makatuka, (J Jangano, 49′), D Dauda, K Nyamupfukudza, J Ngodzo, D Mukamba, (P Moyo, 51′), M Ncube, J Zhuwawu, S Nhivi

Ngezi Platinum Stars: B Donovan, K Bulaji, L Chakoroma, K Murera, M Mushonga, F Mukarati, T Chipunza, J Ngulube (X Moyo, 75′), W Mukanga, (M Charamba, 62′), D Teguru (C Augusto, 60′), T Dzvukamanja

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  1. Comment…lodza u gonna follow your friend mutasa this next game if u loose wazofarisa manje chitembwe pull up yo socks mfana

  2. Kurirananakwakanakakugarakunzwanana Garanewakomurudohamandishe

    Comment…Makorokoto kuna mazhinji zhinji kuna mufana Ndombolo T Ndiraya. Ndokushuvira zvirambe zvakadaro.

  3. Ngezi are using every opportunity to collect points and win the premiership. Meanwhile Chitembwe says that he will play ball in the second half of the league to win the premiership….Who is being realistic and who is dreaming here?

  4. The headline is insipid. Ndiraya is not the only one who coaches Ngezi. Kifton Kadurira is also Ngezi coach. Anyway, i would like to congratulate Ngezi fc for a job well done. THE CUP MUST STAY OUTSIDE HARARE AND BULAWAYO.
    Platinum teams are well managed. I love the way they are managed.
    Its high time Caps give the entire technical crew, a 3 match ultimatum.

  5. Caps are not serious. Very soon dynamos will overtake you. Remember, dynamos brought Chihoro( a juju boy).

  6. stanley mubvuma

    kkkkkk hanzi Chihoro a juju guy. anyway Caps played well only tt Ngezi is exceptional this season ask Yadah wll testify

  7. Ngezi and FC Platinum are playing good football. They have money to motivate players. They have bought quality players , unlike Dynamos, Caps and Highlanders who resort to trials. Ngezi is well funded, they have own stadia, gyms etc. But Caps Dynamos and Highlanders remain giants. They can rise any time and challenge for honours. Its only that the economy is not well for these community owned clubs. Tough luck guys. We expect you to challenge the tittle 2019.
    We cant have small mining teams dominating. Even if you go to these mining towns, most people support Zimbabwean giants, Caps, Dynamos and Highlanders

  8. Chitembwe’s huge mistake is he does not want to be flexible this season, he keeps the same line-up despite inconsistency, V. Musarurwa is not performing well (Jangano is of higher standard but kept on the bench), Rio Moyo is playing exceptionally well but is always on the bench, K. Nyamufukudza is not good enough as the defence was stretched with no cover,he never broke down Ngezi attacks, why not try somenone else e.g D. Mukandi. The void left by Muchenje & Zvirekwi’s gritness in midfield are still being missed, the players did not lift their game (only Rio Moyo played with serious intent going forward).Dzvukamanja was unmarked in the penalty area (shocking defending) and Musarurwa was ball watching when Mverechena was went for the ball and the striker(Ngulube) Musarurwa was watching was alert and took the rebound.How can a defender stand & relax when the ball is in their penalty area boggles the mind. Why not give Ronald Chitiyo, method mwanjali a chance to play until you get the required combination & results. The players at CAPS are good but the organisation in the field of play is poor.

    1. I totally agree with you Divine. But I still think some of the players have reached their peak. Maybe it is the champions league euphoria. CAPS ikaita zvekutamba it will have to wait for another 10 years before they get another championship title. The approach being taken by Chitembwe and his team is not amusing at all.

  9. WELL DONE NGEZI keep it up as for other teams put ur house in order

  10. I totally agree with Divine. Chitembwe is to blame for all these defeats. Peter Moyo is a very good player but is always on the bench. Simba nhivi is always on the starting line -up and is never substituted though his perfomance most times is very pathetic. John Zhuwawu is a hard worker but has no one to complement his efforts. Chitembwe should be given a 3 match ultimatum. Surely he is to blame for all these defeats. It appears last year he was getting good help from Mathe and the disappearance of Mathe has now exposed his short comings. Nelson Matongorere has qualifications but nothing to show practically. He has never coached any successful premiership team.

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