💥 As Mambas consolidate pole position
Chegutu Pirates —-(1)2
By Innocent Muchochomi in Chegutu
Chegutu Pirates assistant coach Jonathan Maguraushe said fighting spirit and endurance catapulted their team to a respectable Northern Region Soccer League log position after they registered a slim 2-1 win against Omnia at Pfupajena Stadium on Saturday.
In this well-attended match that was worth the fans’ funds, Pirates scored on either side of the half through James “Bhudha” Salima and Edwin Tsoro while Omnia captain Willie Siamudili converted from the spot late in the second half
Salima complimented Tsoro’s searching cross at the stroke of the first half with a nod that settled into the far left corner leaving bulky-built Omnia goalie Collin Chakumbila standing at akimbo.
In the 66th minute, dazzling sun-glare caused Chakumbila to commit a fatal blunder as he scooped harmless-looking Simbarashe Domingo’s free-kick onto the path of chasing Tsoro who easily tapped into the empty net.
Relegation-prone Omnia got their face saver through a penalty they duly won after mounting a barrage of attacks on Pirates goal
Up-stepped captain Siamudili who sent an otherwise reliable Pirates goalie Tendai “Gudo” Chirara to the wrong side
The spot is the second goal conceded by Chirara in 14 league games.
Pirates clung to their goals to ensure they record their second win in a row that let their faithful supporters talk of attaining Premier League status
Considering how financially incapacitated Pirates is and the peanuts they are giving their players, the possibility of getting promoted to the elite league will remain a dream, though Maguraushe did not rule the likelihood.
“We are in the league not to make numbers though it’s too early to talk of Premier ”
“As of now, we are focusing on each game and the fighting spirit possessed by the boys is behind our performance.”
“The team is eager to win hence the perseverance,” Magura said.
While Pirates were celebrating the ascendancy up the log ladder, Omnia remain languishing in the murky relegation zone despite an enjoyable display.
Omnia head coach Simbarashe Mashonganyika said they picked a lot of positives from the encounter.
” We had a good outing against Pirates.”
“We played a high pressing game in the first half only to be outdone by loss of concentration in the final minute and conceded a softball.”
” The second half saw us conceding a howler from our goalkeeper who gifted the hosts from a set piece.”
“We pressed well and won a penalty in the last quarter of the game which we scored but unfortunately we could not find an equalizer ”
“It was an exciting game for us fame for us. Though we lost we picked a lot of positives,” said Mashonganyika
Elsewhere, at Ngoni Stadium in Norton, pace-setting Black Mambas’ 1 nil against MWOS ensured they remain perched at the apex of the log table