Tenax record first win

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Castle Lager Premier Soccer League

BY KENNETH NYANGANIi
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Tenax captain Takunda Mapara inspired his side to their first Castle Lager Premier Soccer League win of the season after defeating Bulawayo City in a match played at Sakubva Stadium yesterday.

The Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services side had lost two matches, drawn one before yesterday’s win.

Mapara scored from the spot on the 40th minute before Tafadzwa Murira‘s 60th minute strike for the home side secured the points.

Tenax head coach Shadreck Mugurasave was ecstatic after the win.

“I am happy with the win. While we still have a long way to go, we now have somewhere to start. Some of the players are still coming from Division One and they are still lacking confidence and we are building on that,” he said

His counterpart Philani Ncube blamed the loss on match officiating.

“The moment you travel then the issue of bad refereeing comes out. I have a lot of respect for referee Pedzisayi Chadya, I think it is now a culture that when you are playing  away, you are supposed to lose,” he said.

The match was evenly-balanced in the first 15 minutes.

Genius Mutungamiri for the visitors gave the home side all sorts of problems on the right wing with his mazy runs.

Mapara had a 30th minute free-kick parried for a corner kick by impressive Bulawayo City goalkeeper Bhekimpilo Ncube.

Five minutes later, Mapara’s shot was tipped over the bar by Ncube.

The home side continued to pressurise the visitors and they were duly rewarded a penalty by referee Chadya on the 40th minute. Dominic Jaricha was adjudged to have handled inside the box.

Mapara scored from the resultant spot kick to send the home side into a frenzy.

The visitors started the second half a more rejuvenated side, but they failed to bury clear-cut chances  that came their way.

Bulawayo City were hit on a counterattack which saw Mapara’s shot parried onto the path of Murira on the 60th minute who scored.

Tenax resorted to defending their 2-0 win.

The prison guards have a huge task when they travel to the City of Kings next week to face Bulawayo Chiefs.

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