Bantu Rovers relegated

Bantu Rovers relegated
Published: 16 October 2017 (285 Views)
Harare City  5 - 0 Bantu Rovers
BASEMENT side Bantu Rovers became the first to be relegated from the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League this season following a heavy defeat against Harare City at Rufaro Stadium yesterday.

Speedy striker Martin Vengesai scored at the end of each half to complete a deserved brace, with Wilfred Muvirimi, Tinashe Balakasi and Edwin Madhanhanga also getting on the score sheet.

With just 13 points, Bantu needed nothing short of victory to retain a mathematical chance of surviving relegation.

They can now reach the 31 point mark with wins in their last six matches and still get relegated.
Team manager Agent Sawu refused to comment on his team's relegation.

"I can't comment on that; like I said, we still have six more games to go and our target is 18 points," he told reporters.

"I am disappointed with the way we conceded soft goals but it's work in progress and as you know, we are a development side. We had six Under-18 players who played today so it was too much, but it's a work in progress."

After a season in the premiership, Bantu will be remembered for sticking to youth throughout the season and even fielded a 15-year-old Sibusiso Moyo in some of their matches.

Although one could tell that this was the day Bantu Rovers were going to sink, they had ridden on some kind of luck earlier on.

Harare City had a goal disallowed in the 19th minute when Elton Sibanda fumbled a Madhanhanga shot which was bundled home by Roy Uchena, but the referee blew his whistle and signalled a foul on Sibanda.

Bantu continued to live a charmed life when an opportunistic strike by Wilfred Muvirimi on the half mark cannoned off the upright post.

Two minutes later, Muvirimi came good for the hosts, this time epitomising composure to control and coolly slot home a brilliant Takudzwa Chimwemwe cross.

The goal seemed to have shaken the Bantu players as they continued to make mistake after mistake.

Martin Vengesai beat the halftime whistle as he turned home a loose ball from close range.

Substitute Tinashe Balakasi made it three with 12 minutes left on the clock, capitalising on an initial Sibanda block to poke in from inside the six yard box.

There was still time for yet another goal and it was Vengesai who completed his double late on.

Madhanhanga made it five with a goal from range to seal Bantu Rovers' fate.

Harare City coach Philani "Beefy" Ncube was happy with the victory as it eased his team's relegation woes.

"For 24 hours this win takes the relegation pressure off us. We have to keep on fighting, the objective is still survival and the way we converted chances today gives us confidence," Ncube said.

Meanwhile, in an exciting six goal thriller at the National Sports Stadium, Yadah FC wasted a two goal lead to draw 3-3 with Black Rhinos and remain in danger of being relegated at the end of the season.

Teams

Harare City: T Munditi, T Samanja (P Mpelele 80'), H Chapusha, M Vengesai, W Ndiweni, R Uchena, E Madhanhanga, W Manondo, T Chimwemwe, W Muvirimi (I Balakasi 66'), P Kabwe (T Tumba 72')

Bantu Rovers: E Sibanda, K Dzingwe, S Nyahwa, D Ndlovu, N Garayi, T Kumbuyani, L Ndlela, M Chitembwe, M Ncube (R Masuku 47'), M Dube (G Bharibhari 74'), B Ncube (N Papias 57')

- the standard

 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

There are no comments.

Latest stories

'Mudzingwa, Munawa not spent forces'

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2018 | 80 Views

'Bond notes removal will stabilise prices'

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2018 | 177 Views

Ex-cop jailed for impersonation

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2018 | 108 Views

Female fraudster poses as Zimra official

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2018 | 106 Views

Mohadi speaks reconciliation

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2018 | 93 Views

Bulawayo residents threaten to sue town clerk

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2018 | 72 Views

Bosso Electoral Committee begins verification of nominees

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2018 | 55 Views

Mnangagwa fails to 'coup' cash crisis

by staff reporter | 21 January 2018 | 70 Views

Mnangagwa plans economic revival

by Bloomberg | 21 January 2018 | 62 Views

'Postponement of polls out of the question'

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2018 | 44 Views

Mnangagwa embarks on a charm offensive

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2018 | 80 Views

Who should be afraid of elections MDC-T or Zanu-PF?

by Bishop | 21 January 2018 | 84 Views

Majaivana unlikely to visit Zimbabwe anytime soon

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2018 | 66 Views

'Fake prophecies' haunts Makandiwa

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2018 | 105 Views

Mnangagwa takes Zimbabwe economic gospel to Davos

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2018 | 62 Views

Mnangagwa runs the rule on Cabinet

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2018 | 69 Views

Grace Mugabe's fancy vehicles in freak accident?

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2018 | 110 Views

MPs to get cars for free

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2018 | 67 Views

Tsvangirai captured?

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2018 | 87 Views

Thomas Mapfumo heads to Zimbabwe

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2018 | 79 Views

Vendors prepared to fight the soldiers

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2018 | 109 Views

Mnangagwa, Chiwenga rift exposed

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2018 | 171 Views

Mnangagwa takes Zim pitch to the world

by Staff Reporter | 21 January 2018 | 63 Views

Is Jah Prayzah strangling his own baby?

by Staff Reporter | 21 January 2018 | 118 Views

SA construction firm eyes Matabeleland venture

by Staff Reporter | 21 January 2018 | 52 Views

Mnangagwa sticks to his word, urges diaspora to register to vote

by Staff Reporter | 21 January 2018 | 82 Views

Sex worker on the run after stabbing a client

by Simbarashe Sithole | 21 January 2018 | 85 Views

Zanu PF strongholds have already rigged elections - analyst

by Stephen Jakes | 21 January 2018 | 49 Views

G40 will rally for Mujuru during elections - philosopher

by Stephen Jakes | 21 January 2018 | 82 Views

Setting the record straight on the political future of Mthwakazi

by staff Reporter | 21 January 2018 | 44 Views

ZimRights scales up BVR mobilisation

by Stephen Jakes | 21 January 2018 | 41 Views

Mnangagwa's final letter to Mugabe

by Staff Reporter | 21 January 2018 | 94 Views

Chiyangwa's fight for life

by Stephen Jakes | 21 January 2018 | 119 Views

Mnangagwa faces internal revolt over polls

by Staff Reporter | 21 January 2018 | 68 Views

Vendors give govt 48-hour ultimatum to create jobs

by Staff Reporter | 21 January 2018 | 79 Views