Ngezi Platinum in stalemate

Ngezi Platinum in stalemate
Published: 13 February 2017 (707 Views)
Pamplemousse 1-1 Ngezi Platinum
NGEZI Platinum Stars coach Tonderayi Ndiraya was a disappointed man, unhappy with lapses of concentration by his defence, and warned they need to improve if they are to leap the first hurdle in their Caf Confederation Cup campaign.

The Mhondoro miners, making their debut in the tournament, settled for a draw on this mission on the Indian Ocean island.

"I am happy with the shift the boys put in but we were a bit jittery in defence," said Ndiraya.

"We can't afford to commit such mistakes giving the opponent such soft goals like the one we gave today.

"It's a worrying trend which I noted even in our friendly matches.

"But then most of these problems are mental, not lack of ability, so we will address that."

Although they were by far the better team of the day, comfortably controlling the midfield, Ngezi did not create many clear chances for Kelvin Bulaji, leaving him to work hard.

Ndiraya will, however, be happy with the contribution of the former Dynamos duo of Walter Mukanga and Dominic Mukandi who were exceptional in the middle of the park.

The duo, on numerous occasions, broke the hosts' build-up with Mukanga spicing up with brilliant passes across the field.

Captain Liberty Chakoroma also did not disappoint in attack compensating for his lack of dribling by muscling out opponents out of his way.

Chakoroma, playing in an unfamiliar attacking role, gave the visitors the lead with a well taken penalty in the eighth minute after Bulaji was fouled in the box.

Pamplemousse then equalised 10 minutes before the breather through Jean Fabrini who capitalised on a defensive mix-up by Ngezi.

Ndiraya employed a largely defensive approach with the three-man defence of Partson Jaure, Knowledge Machona and Godknows Murwira being shielded by a six- man midfield.

Bulaji played as the lone striker.

But they had a surprise in store as the hosts seemed content with minimising damage by employing time wasting tactics.

Goalkeeper Kevin Jean-Louis was on numerous occasions asked to hurry up his act by South African referee Christopher Harrison for continuously taking his time when dispatching goal kicks.

Ngezi, for their part, were jittery at the back but were lucky not to be punished by the opponents who were inept in attack.

Murwira could have restored the visitors' lead in the 76th minute after a trademark run from deep in his half but watched in disbelief as his pile drive was pushed out for a corner.

Ndiraya then introduced skillful Terrence Dzukamanja and Maclive Phiri in search of a winner.

While the substitutes succeeded in adding impetus to the attack they, however, failed where it matters most and will have to fight another day.

It's a fight Pamplemousse coach Tony Francois knows will be very difficult for his men.

"I am happy we got a draw," said Francois.

"Ngezi is a very good team with a level much higher than us and we know it is going to be very difficult in Zimbabwe," he said.

The Zimbabwe's representatives are expected back home today at 17.20.

- chronicle

 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

There are no comments.

Latest stories

Socialite eyes parly seat

by Staff reporter | 25 April 2018 | 24 Views

'Makamba not fit to be an MP,' says Zanu-PF

by Staff reporter | 25 April 2018 | 29 Views

'Mphoko is a Mozambican'

by Staff reporter | 25 April 2018 | 32 Views

'Re-industrialisation of Bulawayo a key priority'

by Staff reporter | 25 April 2018 | 26 Views

Zimbabwe needs policies which build Trust and attract FDI

by Enos Denhere | 25 April 2018 | 32 Views

WATCH: Chamisa versus Khupe fans outside High Court

by voa | 25 April 2018 | 44 Views

BREAKING: Kombi, train accident kills 4

by Staff reporter | 25 April 2018 | 39 Views

Singer distances self from six women

by Staff reporter | 25 April 2018 | 35 Views

Costly $2 sex

by Staff reporter | 25 April 2018 | 37 Views

Man found dead outside Pelandaba church

by Staff reporter | 25 April 2018 | 25 Views

'State infringing Undenge's rights'

by Staff reporter | 25 April 2018 | 25 Views

Commercial sex workers reap tobacco farmers

by Staff reporter | 25 April 2018 | 76 Views

'I never stole from Mugabe'

by Staff reporter | 25 April 2018 | 76 Views

Harare's Working Wives to hit screens soon

by Staff reporter | 25 April 2018 | 70 Views

The real problem with MDC-T or the Alliance

by Mr Tshingwane Lunga | 25 April 2018 | 108 Views

Khupe court case changes nothing, says Chamisa's faction

by Staff Reporter | 25 April 2018 | 112 Views

Zimbabwean soldier on a visit to SA shot dead

by Staff reporter | 25 April 2018 | 139 Views

Mnangagwa faces G40 headache

by Staff reporter | 25 April 2018 | 114 Views

'Chisa Mbama Chisa' poster infuriates Ndebeles

by Social media | 25 April 2018 | 202 Views

Zinara bosses acquitted

by Staff reporter | 25 April 2018 | 81 Views

Mutasa's household property to be actioned

by Staff reporter | 25 April 2018 | 89 Views

Chamisa to install WIFI at each rural homestead

by Staff reporter | 25 April 2018 | 74 Views

The newfound freedom to speak our mind

by Mike, Harare | 25 April 2018 | 68 Views

3 game ultimatum for Dembare's Lloyd Mutasa

by Staff reporter | 25 April 2018 | 118 Views

Dembare legends raise the red flag

by Staff reporter | 25 April 2018 | 90 Views

Pupil steals $1 000 from teacher

by Staff reporter | 25 April 2018 | 124 Views

Police undergo customer relations training

by Staff reporter | 25 April 2018 | 72 Views

'Chart path towards Zimdollar return'

by Staff reporter | 25 April 2018 | 104 Views

Ngezi Platinum to defend home record

by Staff reporter | 25 April 2018 | 58 Views

Zimbabwe seeks place in global village

by Staff reporter | 25 April 2018 | 59 Views

Govt promise to urgently resolve nurses' grievances

by Staff reporter | 25 April 2018 | 91 Views

Econet rewards brand ambassadors in Matebeleland

by Staff reporter | 25 April 2018 | 72 Views

Chivayo fails to complete pre-commencement works

by Staff reporter | 25 April 2018 | 78 Views

Middle class economy possible, says CZI

by Staff reporter | 25 April 2018 | 53 Views

Bribe attempts at Nust DNA centre

by Staff reporter | 25 April 2018 | 79 Views

Gangster 'killer' surrenders self to police

by Staff reporter | 25 April 2018 | 82 Views