Yadah’s first PSL hat-trick

Bruce Chikuni

Sports Reporter

YADAH Stars forward, Junior Zindoga, gave the team owner, Prophet Walter Magaya, an early birthday gift on Sunday as he recorded what stands as the biggest victory in this campaign after hammering ZPC Kariba 6-0 at Baobab on Sunday.

Prophet Magaya turned 40 yesterday.

It was also Yadah’s biggest ever win in the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League since joining the league in 2016. And, no player had netted a hat-trick for Yadah during the period under review.

But, in a campaign where hat-tricks seem to be a rare commodity, Zindoga unleashed the monster in him to take his tally to five.

Leading scorer Obriel Chirinda of Bulawayo Chiefs and Manica Diamonds’ hitman, Fortune Binzi are the only other players to have registered a hat-trick this season.

The 25-year-old also provided two assists, with the other three goals coming from Vincent ‘Apostle’ Sango, Jerry Chipangura, and the Brazilian import, Devid.

But, they are still running the risk of being swept away by the relegation waters as they are sitting just a point above the danger zone.

Many had not expected to see such a concerning capitulation from Luke Masomere’s men.

But, they seem to be getting it all wrong, losing with shocking margins each time they go down at Baobab.

ZPC Kariba lost 0-3 to Ngezi Platinum Stars last season, and they also recorded a 1-5 loss against Takesure Chiragwi’s troops at the same venue earlier this campaign.

The Miracle Boys are meeting Black Rhinos at Bata tomorrow.

And, both teams cannot afford to drop points in this basement fixture as it will have undesired consequences.

The two sides are distanced by five points, and Chauya Chipembere will be desperate to drown the Miracle Boys.

Black Rhinos have registered six wins in this campaign, and interestingly, their first victory came after 11 fixtures when they claimed a 2-0 win against Yadah.

Zindoga is jointly leading the team’s scoring chart with Chipangura.

He believes double figures are still within reach.

“This was huge for me, my family, and, importantly, the club because we really can’t afford to lose at this moment.

“As strikers, we take the blame if the team is not winning, and I believe we have a big role to maintain our PSL status for next season.

“Everyone at the club is pushing hard to get the job done, and we owe it to Prophet Magaya for all the sacrifices he has made for us to shine on this platform,” said Zindoga.

He added:

“Helping the team to survive relegation remains a priority for everyone at the team, and with the way things are looking at the club, I don’t see us failing to achieve our objective.

“We also need to apply the same attitude when we face Black Rhinos; we have a common objective, and it’s not going to be easy for us.

“I’m still eyeing to hit a double-figure, and it’s very possible because we still have four games to play before the end of the season.”

 

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