The Sunday News
Ngqwele Dube, Sports Correspondent
SOUTHERN Region Division One favourites, Bulawayo City cruised to their second victory on the trot as substitute Lucky Nyathi put on an impressive performance in a second half show that saw them seal the match three nil against Mosi Rovers.
City took charge of the match from the first whistle with Chris Samakwere and Thabani Goredema bossing the field and their efforts saw them miss several efforts before captain, Zibusiso “Mzimara” Ndlovu took matters into his own hands and scored the opener.
Mzimara left his centre back position as City laid siege on the visitors goal and was on hand to beat Mosi’s goalkeeper, Ryan Mhlanga after receiving a pass from Canaan Nkomo in the 23rd minute.
The Victoria Falls-based side held their own, producing several anxious moments for City and looked set to restrict the Bulawayo City Council-owned team but a careless tackle inside the box by Blessing Sande on Nyathi who was aiming at goal saw referee, Bekithemba Moyo pointing to the spot.
Hughes Chikosa was given the task of converting the penalty and he managed to make it past Mhlanga to extend City’s lead.
The visitors’ stood their ground despite falling back and threatened to come back into the match but they could not find the back of the net.
A slick pass from Nkomo saw Physwell Madazi missing an empty net by a few centimetres in the 78th minute.
Nyathi found the back of the net 10 minutes from full time as he weaved past Mosi defenders inside the box and when every thought he was out of range of goal, he blasted a shot past Mhlanga, chucking City’s chairman, Jerry Sibanda out of his seat as he celebrated the goal.
The goal was seemingly well received by City’s executive, board and other technical staff sitting on the terraces who included Ernest “Maphepha” Sibanda, Ali “Baba” Dube and Horace Ndubiwa who were seemingly itching for a high margin win.
Mosi coach, Zibonele Ncube, said his side put up a good showing against a “better” Bulawayo City that is in good shape and has Premiership experience.
City’s coach, Try Ncube said despite the win it was not an easy match as the visitors gave them a good challenge.
He said although they notched up a victory his charges missed several chances.