Black Rhinos . . . (3) 7
Mutare City . . . . . .0
BLACK RHINOS surpassed FC Platinum’s record of scoring the most goals in a single match this season after they massacred hapless Mutare City in a one-sided contest at the National Sports Stadium yesterday.
BY GARISH PHIRI
After the log leaders hammered the same struggling Mutare-based side by six, just a fortnight ago, it was Rhinos’ turn yesterday to inflict more misery on the relegation strugglers.
City beat Highlanders last week in a performance that attracted some rave views and were expected to continue with that performance into this one.
But a totally different side turned up yesterday, a lifeless team devoid of any ideas of how to play football, and deserved of the buttering they received.
Rhinos harvested seven, but on any other day, they could have recorded double figures. City were just pathetic, to say the least.
Just 12 minutes into the match, Rhinos were in front through a Tafadzwa Jaravani goal and 10 minutes later, they had doubled their advantage when Wellington Taderera tapped home from close range.
Double scorer Allan Gahadzikwa banged his first and the third goal for the army side right on the stroke of halftime when he capitalised on a mistake by the defence.
On the 55th minute, he completed his brace, benefitting from yet another defensive mistake, this time from an error by goalkeeper Alfred Chiname.
Substitute Lot Chiwunga joined in the act as well when he made it five, with a flashing header past a bemused Chiname, off a Masimba Mambare cross on the 65th minute.
Chiwunga returned the favour two minutes later when he crossed for Mambare, brilliant all afternoon yesterday, to strike into the top corner.
Substitute Macdonald Makuwe completed the drubbing 18 minutes from time when he headed home from yet another Mambare assist.
It was a performance that left Rhinos coach Herbert Maruwa purring.
“I am quite happy with the performance from the boy (Mambare). Everything went according to our plan. We knew Mutare City was dangerous and we came prepared for the match. I am quite happy with the number of goals we managed to score; now we have to maintain and continue pushing hard. We just have to keep pushing for the top four.”
City coach Ndega Matsika admitted his team got what they deserved.
“We were not up to it today. We lost so much energy when we played the mid-week game against Highlanders. We failed to play our normal game. We conceded early and we failed to concentrate right through the game. You can see fatigue was catching up on us.”
Black Rhinos: A Rayners, M Mambare( T Sibanda, 80′), M Mekiwa ( L Chiwunga, 57′), B Homora, S Jimu, F Banda, W Kapinda, T Jaravani, A Gahadzikwa ( M Makuwe, 62′), W Taderera, D Mudadi
Mutare City: A Chiname, P Gumbo, L Mangaira, K Bingala (C Muzvazi, 74′) , J Takunda, K Njovo, J Chitavira, B Vheremu, V Tadzoka (E Chikwaikwai, 49′) , B Chinhoyi, T Kabanda