HARARE – Yadah FC eased their relegation woes on Saturday when they strolled to an easy 2-0 victory over Bulawayo City, who are now in danger of dropping down from the Castle Lager Premiership.
The home side found both goals in the first half through Munyaradzi Chiwara and Moses Demera which took them to 12th place on the log with 37 points.
Yadah are now four points above the last relegation place occupied by Shabanie Mine and would need to get at least five points from their last three matches to secure their Premiership status for next season.
As for Bulawayo City, the defeat piled more pressure on under fire coach Mandla “Lulu” Mpofu as his side dropped to 14th place with 35 points.
Amakhosi now need to at least win all their remaining three matches in order to avoid the chop but that would be easier said than done.
Mpofu’s side will take on Dynamos next at home before travelling to Harare to face league champions CAPS United before rounding up their season with a clash with already relegated Bantu Rovers.
The Bulawayo City coach berated his players for a poor performance especially in the first half where they sheepishly conceded two goals.
“I think as a coach this is a disappointing result: we are now deeper into the relegation zone. I believe we can do better with the calibre of players we have and the games we have played before and won,” Mpofu said.
“But I’m not demoralised, we can play the next three games and get the nine points; it’s very possible especially with the squad that we have.
“I now want mental strength and the fighting spirit that we did not show today. We conceded goals that we could have avoided and we did not play our normal passing game.”
Yadah coach Thomas Ruzive was pleased that he will sleep easy for the week after getting three crucial points against a direct rival, who is also in the relegation dog fight.
“I’m a relived man because time is no longer on our side and this win is really good for us,” Ruzive said.
“If we keep on performing like we did today, then we are in the right direction and we can survive relegation.
“Today, we showed unity, hard work and the guys were determined to win the game because they know time is running out.”
Yadah started with more purpose than the visitors as they held onto the ball and created good scoring chances in the early exchanges.
Bulawayo City were living dangerously and it was no surprise when they conceded just 12 minutes into the match.
However, when the opener arrived, it was not necessarily a result of the home side’s industriousness but a monumental blunder by Bulawayo City goalkeeper Liberty Chivara.
Yadah won possession inside the visitors’ half and Chiwara decided to go for goal from long range.
Somehow Chivara seemed to be distracted by something else as he never made any attempt to catch the ball resulting in Chiwara’s harmless short trickling into the net.
The home side got their second from the spot just before half time when Amakhosi midfielder Sipho Ndlovu needlessly shoved Johannes Phiri inside the box during a corner kick.
Demere made no mistake from 12 yards out as he sent Chivara the wrong way.