15 May 2017
. . . as Ngezi shoot to the top
HARARE CITY coach Mike Madzivanyika complained about the penalty awarded to Ngezi Platinum in their 1-0 loss on Sunday.
In a pulsating game at Morris Depot there were chances aplenty for both sides and near misses as the result could have gone either way.
However, Ngezi Platinum were awarded a first half spot kick when Jimmy Tigere won the ball inside the box but was judged to have hacked Donald Teguru and referee Brighton Chimene pointed to the spot.
The solitary spot-kick, taken by Qadr Amini was enough for Ngezi Platinum to seal maximum points as they shot to the top of the log standings with 16 points from eight games.
“I think it was too harsh. It was a tough decision from my own point of view,” he said.
Madzivanyika said they wasted several good second half changes to turn around the deficit and potentially go on and win the game.
“We had a big presence in the second half, we circulate the ball well and we go behind their defense. I think we deserved to get something out of the match.”
Harare City are stuck on fourth from the bottom with six points so far.
Asked whether the second defeat at home would be a blow to his squad’s morale going into next game,” Madzivanyika said:
“It won’t dampen our spirits. I think my players are professional and they have tasted both victory and defeat at the highest level. It’s true we didn’t win and that’s a big upset for us, we are disappointed but the season is still in its infancy.”
The victory by Tonderai Ndiraya’s side means they have collected maximum points in two consecutive matches.
They now lead the Castle Lager Premiership log standings with 16 points, a point ahead of ZPC Kariba.
Ndiraya hailed his side for collecting maximum points away from home.
“This is our second time winning away from home. I think my boys played well. We dominated in the first half but it was a different game in the second half. Harare City were determined. The good thing is that my boys managed to stand their ground in terms of defending,” Ndiraya said.