HARARE – Dazzling Monomotapa overpowered a battling Hwange in an exciting Castle Lager Premiership match that was marred by a horrific injury to the visitors’ captain Rodwell Chinyengetere Saturday.
Chinyengetere was injured in the 59th minute when Monomotapa keeper Artwell Mukandi lunged at the forward with over-the-top tackle inside the box.
Referee Batsirai Muchenje totally ignored the incident and only stopped play after the remorseful Mukandi repeatedly called out for assistance.
Chinyengetere had to be rushed to the Avenues Clinic, where he underwent surgery last night after suffering a suspected double fracture on his right leg.
The Daily News on Sunday could not ascertain the extent of the Warriors’ forward injury by the time of going to press but it was not looking good when he left the stadium.
Chinyengetere is now in danger of missing the Warriors 2013 African Nations Cup final round qualifier second leg against Angola next month in Luanda.
It will be a major blow to Warriors coach Rahman Gumbo’s plans as Chinyengetere had become a regular starter in the last two Zimbabwe matches against Burundi and Angola.
Hwange coach Tenant Chilumba was rattled by Chinyengetere’s injury after the match and could barely speak.
“It is very sad for the young man (Chinyengetere). He was really playing well; he had become one of the key players for the national team. I can’t comment on the referee’s conduct on the incident. All year we have been complaining about referees,” said the Zambian.
Back to yesterday’s action, Hwange dominated the first half but were let down by some wayward finishing and were dully punished by the hosts in the second half.
Monomotapa surged ahead ten minutes after the break through Osborn Mukuradare who finished from close range an assist by Kuda Musharu.
Two minutes from regulation time, Russell Madamombe fired home the hosts’ second after another assist from the on-fire Musharu.
The third goal came two minutes into the referee’s optional time via the boot of substitute Joseph Mutambiranwa, who lashed home a beautiful through ball from Hilary Mugoniwa.
Monoz assistant coach Nkululeko Dhlamini praised his team’s second half performance.
“It is a good performance from the guys. This time we managed to kill off the pressure. Two goals in the five minutes meant there was no way back for them. We need to work on our shooting.”
Monomotapa: Artwell Mukandi, Brian Mapfumo (Tendai Ngulube 50mins),Hillary Mugoniwa, Kuda Musharu, Russel Madamombe, Osborn Mukuradare (Joseph Mutambiranwa 72mins), Jimmy Tigere, Zvikomborere Biseki (Makai Kawashu 72mins), Morgen Mungombe, Nelson Melson, Charles Rukwanhi
Hwange: Timothy Sibanda, Thonisani Siwela (Daniel Kamunenga 75mins),David Boriwondo, Aaron Katebe, Gerald Ndlovu, Ocean Mpofu, Winstone Mhango, Tawanda Mareya, Rodwell Chinyengetere (Allan Tavarwisa 63mins),Evans Rusike, Farai Vimisayi (Nkosana Siwela 63mins) –