By Mdu Masia
Ivan Hoe FC 1 (1)
ZPC Munyati 0 (0)
Defender cumstriker Kudzai Matore scored a superb goal that gave Ivan Hoe maximum points at Baghdad Stadium last Sunday
Farai Mususunye roasted Kudakwashe Muza on the right flank before delivering a high cross to Matore who clinical controlled the ball under the challenge of ZPC captain Alpha Shirichena.
Matore fired a stinger that nestled to the far left corner to the dismay of ZPC keeper Stanley Ngwenya.
The goal came four minutes in added time. Munyati could have taken the lead earlier in the 42th minute when Bruno Mtigo tried to get his way past Zikhali but the keeper made a suicidal save to deny Mtigo to take the shot. Both teams displayed average performance in the first half.
Ivan Hoe nearly got the second goal early in the second half when Mususunye’s free kick was punched by Ngwenya only to see Captain Elton Njanji shooting over the bar.
The gold miners defended well on the back with George Mazivandareva thwarting most of ZPC’s raids.
The usually reliable midfielder Nyasha Bhudhe struggled on the middle facing a stiff challenge from Njanji.
Munyati scored in the 61th minute but the referee Josiah Msipa concurred with his first assistant Trinity Dirwai who had raised his flag for an off side.
Munyati threatened again in the 76thminute when former Caps United AND ZPC Kariba striker Limited Chikafa’s first time stinger was punched away by the alert ‘Buffon’ Zikhali who conducted his defenders well.
Tigers pressured Ivan Hoe in the last quarter until the final whistle only to find the Ivan hoe rear-guard unyielding.
ZPC coach Tendai Chikuni would not entertain the press for post match interviews.
Meanwhile, all the top five teams in the CSL have a mathematical chance of getting promoted.
Tongogara and Telone are at 35 points each although the ‘gunners’ lead by a superior goal difference.
Only three games are left before the curtain comes down in the CSL.
The game of the season is the last game between Telone and Tongo Boys in Gweru.
A photo finish is expected this season considering the tight competition among the top five teams.