ZRP handcuff 10-man Starbill

Ellina Mhlanga Sports Reporter
ZRP FC grabbed their second win of the season when they beat 10-man Starbill in an entertaining Northern Region Division One Soccer League match at Morris Depot on Sunday. The police side came from behind twice to win 3-2. Starbill were reduced to 10 men in stoppage time when Mackenzie Maratu was sent off for a second bookable offence by referee Martin Chivandire.

Starbill took the lead in the 20th minute through Tapiwa Chamboko and Bakela Kutinyu weighed in with another goal in the 47th minute.

Although they took the lead twice, ZRP FC managed to come back in both instances and were the better team of the day as they collected maximum points.

They got their goals from Manatsa Mugura in the 45th minute before Tatenda Chinungo added another goal when he converted from the spot in the 53rd minute.

The police side were awarded a penalty when John Zhuwawo was fouled inside the box.

Convenience Hungwe scored the winning goal for ZRP FC in the 69th minute.

ZRP FC coach Arthur Tutani said there was still work to be done for his side to continue picking up points.

“The Lord was on our side, we managed to win the game. I can say it was a tough game and it’s our second win. Let’s hope we will build on it.

“They tried their level best, it’s not bad but we must work hard. It’s not easy because every team in the league is playing well but we will try to work hard and soldier on.

“Our target is to finish in the top five and it’s achievable if we work hard. I think we are beginning to pick up, it’s gelling slowly but by the middle of the season we will be somewhere up there,” said Tutani.

Starbill team manager Kudakwashe Mugari said it was still early in the league and they will get it right soon.

“Recently, we have been playing well and we are still hopeful that one day we are going to come right.

“It’s still early night we are going to come up right these are youngsters. I have got guys who are below 18 years, so I think as the season progresses they will come up right and one day we will start getting results,” said Mugari.

In other matches, log leaders Ngezi Platinum maintained their position at the top when they dismissed Blue Swallows 3-1 at Baobab.

Other Results:
Ngezi Platinum 3, Blue Swallows 1; Herentals 2, Cargo Carriers 1; Mushowani 1, Karoi 2; Gunners 0, Dstv Rangers 2; Black Rhinos 1, ZRP Morris 0; Lake Harvest 1, Blue Jets 1; Darwin 2, DC Academy 0; Seven Flames 1, Zatex 0.