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Stunning free kick power Tsholotsho to big win

by Tobias Mandoreba
09 Nov 2015 at 05:45hrs | Views
Hwange 0 - 1 Tsholotsho
A STUNNING second half free kick by captain William Stima powered Tsholotsho to a big win at the Colliery yesterday as they continued to battle to remain in the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League.

Stima turned hero when Tsholotsho won a free-kick at the edge of the Hwange box after anchorman Collen Muleya had tripped Lynoth Chikuhwa as he went for the kill.

The skipper unleashed a blistering volley which left Hwange goalkeeper, Takabva Mawaya, entangled in the nets.

The visitors' first real chance came in the 10th minute after overlapping left-back Nkosilathi Moyo picked up an unmarked Chikuhwa only for the striker to blast his effort way over the bar from close range.

The visitors continued to knit around some delightful passes.

Hwange's first attempt at goal came in the 22nd minute when defender Tonisai Sibelo's deflected free kick fell into the path of Muleya who, however, blazed his effort way off target.

Hwange left-back Munyaradzi Mungadze's left-footed strike crashed against the left upright with midfielder Rodwell Chinyengetere smashing the rebound onto the post.

Tsholotsho started the last half with the same attacking tempo and were duly rewarded midway into the second half thanks to Stima's wonder strike.

Three minutes after the Tsholotsho goal, Hwange thought they had got the equaliser after Muleya headed home only for his effort to be disallowed when second assistant referee Saneliso Sibanda spotted an infringement on a Tsholotsho defender.

Hwange stand-in head coach Mebelo Njekwa bemoaned the missed chances for the defeat.

"The boys wasted a lot of chances as we were in control of the game for the better part of this encounter.

"The match was also balanced and I feel we were supposed to get something here but such is football." said Njekwa.

Tsholotsho gaffer Lizwe Sweswe praised his players for their hard work.

"The boys came in with a positive attitude as we attacked with purpose though with caution.

"This is a big result in the relegation fight and I hope we can carry this forward. I am also very pleased with the officiating I saw here," said Sweswe.


Hwange: T. Mawaya, T. Sibelo, G. Ndhlovu, D. Boriwondo, C. Muleya, A. Tshuma, I. Mucheneka (F. Vimisai, 66th min); R. Chinyengetere, M. Mungadze, P. Mpelele (N. Sianchali, 76th min); G. Zulu.

Tsholotsho: N. Marichi, T. Ncube, D. Dzvinyai, N. Moyo, W. Stima, B. Ncube, K. Chitiyo, S. Gorogodyo (S. Dube, 90th min), K. Machazane, J. Lupahla (R. Masuku, 90th min), L. Chikuhwa (N. Gama, 76th min).

Source - the herald