Ngezi Platinum Stars head coach, Tonderai Ndiraya, has expressed satisfaction at the team’s performance after their 4-2 premier league win over Black Rhinos away at Morris Depot Thursday afternoon.
The platinum miners shot to the summit of the Castle Lager Premier League table courtesy of goals from centre back and captain, Patson Jaure, forward, Terrence Dzvukamanja and midfielder, Walter Mukanga, and are now two points ahead of fellow miners FC Platinum. Black Rhinos, who are now on fifth position, scored two goals in three minutes through striker, Lot Chiwunga.
Speaking in the wake of their win, the former Dynamos coach said he was pleased by the way the miners scored four goals. He was, however, disappointed in how they conceded the two goals.
“Yeah, it’s a very satisfactory result but I’m quite disappointed in the way we defended; the way we conceded those two goals. After having done a good job by scoring four goals I thought we lost some concentration and in the process we conceded those two goals.
“We could have avoided it but look, Rhinos were pushing hard and we were failing to deal with the long ball, but that is part of the game, I’m quite satisfied by what the boys put in,” Ndiraya told journalists after the match.
“The first half was quite cagey, but I thought we picked ourselves in the second half and scoring four goals in 45 minutes was fantastic.”
Ngezi, who have shown considerable promise and consistency this season, have won twice in their last six games, drawing thrice and losing once and have now registered 34 points from 18 outings.
“We have had a very difficult time especially in the last six games we played before this one, we only managed six points and I’m glad that we have started the second half of the season on a good note, collecting six points away from home, especially so against a team that has been collecting some points,” he said.
Black Rhinos, on the other hand, have also shown considerable consistency, registering their intent early on in the season and now have 31 points – three behind the log leaders – despite having been promoted into the premier league this year.
“I think we are the first team this season to beat Black Rhinos both home and away and that is quite good for the team, quite satisfactory. It gives the team confidence going forward, going into our next match which is Hwange at home, so I’m quite pleased,” said Ndiraya.