Chirinda leaves City in misery.
Bruce Ngwenya : Bulawayo Chiefs Media
BULAWAYO Chiefs required Obriel Chirinda’s heroics to earn three derby points against Bulawayo City in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer Lager match played at Barbourfieds Stadium.
As expected, the play was detailed by high moral atmosphere as it swung from one end to the other in the opening moments of the game. But as time went by, the true colours of the afternoon showed themselves on who was going to have the last laugh.
The first breather of the game was taken by Chiefs who signalled their hurrying mission through Arthur Musiyiwa’s free-kick which went wide off the target after a panic tackle by City’s defence in the opening five minutes of the game.
The first ten minutes predicted the outcome of the afternoon as the game was one sided as a blowing candle in the wind. Chiefs had the position privilege but lacked that crystal chance to open their account of the afternoon.
Derbies are known for their no man’s land characteristic, and this particular one did not need an introduction to that nature as the players did not shy away from physical tackles on each other.
In the 15th minute, the referee could not ignore the theme of the afternoon when he signalled a free-kick after Mthokozisi Msebe was brought down on the edge of the box. Felix Moyo’s free-kick was nothing but a song to be sang as it went over the goal.
City’s arsenal was to not go unnoticed as they launched their first attack of the game in the 25th minute when they broke on a counter attack and caught Chiefs’ defence napping. Last man Kevin Moyo showed his experience by staying calm and dealt with the situation by winning a two against one attack.
Last week’s trigger puller Musiyiwa had an opportunity to repeat the same dance, but failed to convert his effort inside the twelve yard box after he had dribbled City’s defence. His effort was cleared by the City’s defence leading to the disappointment of Chiefs’ fans who were ready to welcome the midfield maestro in the corner side for celebrations.
The Municipal side could not let Chiefs determine the tune of the game, they also fired a warning shot in the 37th minute that almost caught Takabva Mawaya strolling but the former warriors number one could just manage to see the ball going outside for a goal kick.
Because of the good treat that both teams displayed, the referee spoiled a moment or two for the fans by blowing the halftime whistle with both sides going to the break with a deadlock score. Of the two sides it would be Chiefs who would feel the pain of missing the first half chances.
A curling City free-kick got matters underway in the second half after Nyawunzwi’s foul got the referee’s attention and awarded the hosts a blank cheque against the Ninjas.
This came as a wake- up call for the visitors as they began to shift gears. Chiefs began to have a visible nuance in the contest. The home side retreated to defensive mode because the Chiefs midfield duo of Madzongwe and Musiyiwa was conducting the City’s chorus.
It was only a matter of time before City would give in to Chiefs’ pressure as Madzongwe and Musiyiwa were feeding their front liners with goal labelled passes but only their final touches were letting them down.
In 56th minute Chirinda rose to the occasion with a world class individual brilliant strike that found the back of the net to give his side a one nil lead. The goal took the former Chicken Inn attack spear header to three goals for Chiefs in the PSL this season.
Chirinda’s magical moment got Chiefs tailed up, with the midfield belonging to Chiefs with Madzongwe proving why he is worthy of wearing the national team colours. He determined the midfield by winning every duel and having one hundred percent passing accuracy.
City tried to get an equalizer but it was not to be as Chiefs held their lines to keep the lead and make sure that they collect the maximum points.
Head coach Nilton Terroso gave credit to his team for today’s performance as he acknowledged their dominance during the game.
“I think up to the half time and the first sort of the second half it was a completely domination from our side we are very happy with what the team played today” said Terroso.
Chiefs move to seventeen points in the PSL log table. Chiefs’ next outing is another derby encounter against Highlanders at Barboursfields Stadium.