BY FORTUNE MBELE/KEVIN MAPASURE
BULAWAYO CHIEFS… (0) 1
BLACK RHINOS ………… (1) 3
TENAX……………………….. (0) 2
BULAWAYO City coach Philani Ncube has hinted he might be forced to reconsider his future after losing to neighbours Bulawayo Chiefs in a drab Castle Lager Premier Soccer League game at Barbourfields Stadium yesterday.
In a post-match interview, Ncube did not mince his words after another defeat which keeps the local authority side at the bottom of the log.
“I am not putting myself under pressure. I have tried but the results are not coming. I have 24 hours to make the decision and I have to consult my family,” Ncube said.
His counterpart Nilton Terroso was happy with the win, his second in a row after going six games without a win.
Obriel Chirinda made the difference in the 55th minute after spotting goalkeeper Reward Muza off position before opening the scoring.
Both sides got a few chances in either half with Perfect Chikwende almost putting the hosts in the lead on the half-hour mark in a move that involved Chirinda, but shot off target.
Cedric Chinomona for Bulawayo City also had his shot wide in the 35th minute after a formidable build-up by the local authority side.
At Sakubva Stadium, Black Rhinos continued their good run of form, edging Tenax in a five-goal thriller to move closer to a place in the top four on the log.
The army side surrendered the lead twice against a stubborn Tenax, but still managed to secure an important win.
Eli Ilunga broke the deadlock five minutes before halftime to give Rhinos the lead at the break before Tenax responded through Panashe Mutasa 10 minutes into the second half.
The soldiers restored their lead in the 70th minute after Ashwald Phiri headed home a fine delivery by Farai Banda from the left channel.
The lead however, lasted, less than a minute as Takunda Mapara drew his team level again after capitalising on a mistake by the Black Rhinos goalkeeper Blessing Mandimustira.
Rhinos, however, continued to pile on the pressure and they were finally rewarded when veteran forward Tawanda Nyamandwe decided the match with a well-placed effort beyond the reach of Phillip Makumi.
Black Rhinos coach Herbert Maruwa was elated after the victory.
“This was a very difficult match; more like a derby between the two uniformed forces teams and Tenax never made it easy for us. I am happy that we managed to collect maximum points in the end as our opponents were hungry for maximum points after losing their previous game at home.”