Bulawayo Chiefs beat Yadah Stars Never Rauzhi

Fungai Muderere at Luveve Stadium

Bulawayo Chiefs. . . . . . . . . . . .  . . .(2) 3

Yadah Stars. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (0) 1

A SEEMINGLY resurgent Bulawayo Chiefs humbled highly fancied Yadah Stars 3-1 in a well-attended Castle Lager Prem-ier Soccer match at Luveve yesterday. 

Bulawayo Chiefs lost their first game 1-0 against GreenFuel before they drew one all with Highlanders. 

They have now made it two wins on the trot after a 2-0 win over Hwange last week. 

The Thulani Sibanda’s mentored side got their goals from Never Rauzhi, ex-Chicken Inn striker Leroy Ndlovu, and Benjamin Addotey. 

Jerry Chipangura scored Yadah’s consolation. 

Amakhosi gaffer, Thulani Sibanda was a pleased man but felt they could have done more to manage the game. 

“We started well, we had a good first half. One good thing about the team is that we have pace upfront. Never (Rauzhi) his pace is superb, also look at people like Leroy Ndlovu and Nkosiyabo Masilela so, in terms of transition, it was a small build and then we sent those three and it gave us goals. 

“In the second half, we realised that we have several youngsters so in terms of managing the game it was slightly a problem so we had to rely on people like Xolisani Moyo and a few guys. Maybe with the introduction of people like Lucky Ndlela, we can have more numbers in terms of controlling the game because I felt like we just had to control the game, win the ball, and try to play it. 

“In terms of experience, it’s something that we will gain bit by bit as we play but so far so good,” said Sibanda.

His opposite number, Thomas Ruzive believes a lapse in concentration at the back cost them the game. 

Apart from defensive errors, Ruzive added that they also failed to capitalise on their chances in the final third. 

He believes that poster boy Khama Billiat will come to the party soon. 

“The boys started very slowly and conceded in blunders. We played very well but our defence was very jittery. We created a lot of chances but we failed to utilise those chances and if you miss a lot of chances you are bound to be punished. 

“We are going to work, especially on our defence so that we do not concede any silly goals. I think he’s (Billiat) trying to adjust to the local football scene so he will adjust and he will score,” said Ruzive. 

The Billiat effect was at play at Luveve Stadium with relatively large numbers coming in to get a glimpse of the former Warriors forward. 

The first breakthrough of the game came as early as the 11th minute through Rauzhi, who scored his fourth of the season after a brace in Hwange last week. 

The lethal Rauzhi made no mistake from inside the box with a brilliant shot that Yadah Stars goalkeeper, Marshal Takarinda had no chance of saving. 

Amakhosi Amahle enjoyed most of the possession in the earlier stages of the encounter. 

Takarinda was brought into action in the 33rd minute when he was forced to make a splendid double save. 

He first saved a Masilela dipping cross before pulling another equally good save to deny Rauzhi from close range.

Six minutes later, Ndlovu was to double the Chiefs’ lead with Rauzhi involved in the process as well. Rauzhi put a defence-splitting pass which put Ndlovu through on goal and he made no mistakes from inside the 18-yard area. At the start of the second half, Yadah came back the hungrier of the two sides and was rewarded early on.

Chipangura pulled one back for Yadah Stars with a header off a corner kick in the 48th minute. 

Playing under pressure for the better part of the second half, substitute, Addotey was to put the icing on the cake on the stroke of full-time to make it three goals and three points for Amakhosi Amahle.

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