ZVISHAVANE – Pervington Zimunya turned from hero to villain on Sunday when he propelled Shabanie Mine to an emphatic 3-1 win over CAPS United in a Castle Premiership match at Maglas Stadium, but had done enough at the time of his expulsion to earn our Star of the Week accolade.
The gloss was taken away from Zimunya’s performance after the Shabanie midfielder was dismissed for a second bookable offence following an over-elaborate celebration.
CAPS coach Taurai Mangwiro’s resignation after the match also grabbed all the headlines away from Zimunya, who had scored a double before his expulsion.
The former Masvingo United midfielder was remorseful after his red card because he will not be in the squad for the next two crucial games as they fight to avoid relegation.
“I just got carried away after getting the second goal. It was a beautiful goal and I was over excited and I just climbed the fence,” Zimunya told the Daily News.
“I feel bad about getting a red card because I won’t be part of the team for the next two games when we will have a tough fixture away to Hwange and at to home to fellow relegation battling Monomotapa.
“I am really sorry to my teammates, coaches and the fans. But generally I was happy with the way we played against CAPS United. We played our normal game and the goals just came naturally."
Shabanie Mine coach Luke Masomere thought that Zimunya spoiled his day by being over excited.
“He should have known better because he was sitting on a yellow card. Anyway, it happens in football and we will look up to the other players in the next matches because we thrive on teamwork. But I’m pleased with the way he played on Sunday," said Masomere.
Zimunya scored in each half to guide his team to a double over United this season after having already beaten the former champions 3-2 in the reverse fixture in Harare.
On Sunday, Zimunya first got on the scoresheet in the 40th minute after sending Makepekepe goalkeeper Tafadzwa Dube the wrong way from the penalty spot.
Shabanie were awarded the spot kick after Arnold Chivheya handled inside the box under the challenge of Tarisai Rukanda.
Zimunya then completed his brace on 64 minutes with a beautiful long range effort that beat Dube all systems out.
Shabanie won possession inside the CAPS half before Rukanda teed up Zimunya, who released a powerful shot.
Zimunya, however, spoiled his wonderful performance by racing to the far corner housing Shabanie fans and scaled the perimeter fence, prompting referee Masakadza Makonese to show him a second yellow card.
The Shabanie midfielder had been booked earlier for a diving.