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DEFENDER Proud “S’jankala” Zireni scored all the goals, including an own goal, as Bantu Rovers ended their three-match winless streak and claim their second derby win of this Castle Lager Premiership season.

The former national Under-20 utility player gave his side the lead in the 22nd minute, heading home a Nqobizitha Masuku cross, which Chicken Inn goalkeeper Liberty Chirava had fumbled.

Thirteen minutes later Zireni, turned villain as the ball hit him on his stomach to beat ‘keeper Takunda Mutanga.

With the match seemingly heading to a stalemate, Zireni flicked the ball beyond the reach of Chirava to win all points for Bantu.

“We fought well as a team and when we came for this game we told ourselves that we cannot lose to Chicken Inn because they were beaten by How Mine who we had taken three points from,” said Zireni.

“I am happy that we managed to collect maximum points and as for the own goal, it doesn’t matter anymore as long as we managed to pick maximum points.”

Despite winning, there were no positional changes on the log with Bantu Rovers remaining glued on position 12 with nine points while Chicken Inn are 10th with the same number of points but have a superior goal difference.

Both teams ended the match with 10 players each after referee Thabani Bhamala gave a straight red card to Bantu Rovers’ rightback Lawson Nkomo 10 minutes into the second half for an open foot challenge that missed Canaan Nkomo.

Chicken Inn’s striker Ishmael Lawe followed Nkomo for an early shower just after the hour mark.

Source : The Herald

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