HARARE – Alarm bells are now ringing loudly in the Monomotapa camp after the former champions went down 4-0 to Triangle to remain in the Castle Premiership relegation zone at Gwanzura Stadium on Tuesday.
Misheck Mburayi scored a brace while Pascal Manhanga and Lameck Nhamo weighed in with a goal each to keep the Chiredzi side’s relegation hopes alive.
Monomotapa are still on third position from bottom of the log with 24 points while Triangle are on the middle of the log with 32 points.
After the match Monomotapa assistant coach Conrad Nyambabvu said they just came into the match without any preparation due to a player strike that rocked the 2008 Zimbabwe champions.
“Basically we did not prepare for this game, our players were on strike, however, I think we tried our best but unfortunately we did not utilise the chances which came on our way,” Nyambabvu told reporters after the match
“Now we are going to work on the mistakes noted in this game and we hope to improve our finishing. I think if we continue fighting like the way we did in our previous two matches and give in good performances, then chances of surviving relegation are there.
“But it’s still six games to go. We have to keep on fighting and hope to keep our house intact.”
The match started off on a fairly balanced pace with the home side looking for an early goal.
The best chance for Triangle came after in the 20th minutes when Limted Chikafa subtracted a number of Monomotapa defenders and let fly a shot that brought the best out of goalkeeper Tapiwa Zvaita.
The sugar canes farmers raced into the lead in the 39th minute after Mburayi headed in a cross from Norman Togara.
After the breather, the Chiredzi side came back more purposeful and found their second goal in the 52th minute after Manhanga scored with cracking long range shot.
Triangle continued to pile pressure on Monomotapa and Mburayi completed his brace in the 83th minute after he tapped in at the blind side.
The vistors did not release their foot off the pedal as they kept on pressing forward with left back Manhanga making a good runs into the Monos third.
Triangle registered their fourth goal a minute before regulation time after Nhamo received a pass inside the box before firing a shot past Zvaita.