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ON-FIRE Triangle shot to the top of the Castle Lager Premiership standings after they ran riot at Gibbo yesterday thumping half a dozen goals past hapless Whawha.

With Chicken Inn being held 1-1 by ZPC Kariba at Gwanzura the previous day, Kelvin Kaindu’s men took full aantage to condemn the prisons outfit to their second successive 6-0 drubbing inside two weeks.

WhaWha were at the receiving end of a 6-0 humiliation by How Mine last weekend before they seemed to have quickly recharged their batteries by upstaging Dynamos 1-0 at Ascot.

But Triangle had other plans for them and Whawha were quickly brought back to earth with yet another crushing defeat as the hosts edged into pole position courtesy of a superior goal difference.

Kaindu made three forced changes from the team that drew 0-0 in a midweek top-of-the-table clash against Chicken Inn bringing in Hardlife Mavundi, Praise Tonha and Ephraim Mwinga in place of injured club top goal scorer Richard Kawondera, Dumisani Ndlovu and Charles Rukwanhi.

The Lowveld side never wasted time and showed their intent as early as the first minute when Nhamo Lameck opened the scoring benefiting from a Peter Muzondo throw in.

Whawha failed to settle and conceded the second goal in the sixth minute.

Man of the match Pasca Manhanga’s quick exchanges with Hillary Bakacheza was a marvel to watch before the pint-sized former Warriors midfielder released Tonha to score his second of the season.

It was a nightmarish start for the visitors as they conceded a penalty in the 14th minute.

Referee Arnold Ncube was in full view when Lameck was brought down and pointed to the spot.

Goalkeeper Ronald Mudimu who was virtually untested all afternoon took the responsibility and made no mistake to make it three inside the quarter of an hour.

Manhanga could have made it four but failed to connect well with a pinpoint Bakacheza cross sending his effort well over the crossbar in the 32nd minute.

Veteran Whawha striker Marlvin Nyakabangwe was the only threat to Triangle’s defence but wasted a glorious opportunity to reduce the deficit as he arrowed his shot wide off goal with Mudimu grounded as his teammates appealed for a penalty in the 36th minute.

WhaWha’s mediocre defending gifted Triangle their fourth goal when Jimmy Kanono’s back pass to the keeper was intercepted by giant Zambian International striker Makundika Sakala who opened his account from close range in the 39th minute.

Nyakabangwe combined well with Nyasha Bude but could not break down Triangle’s defence marshalled by former ZPC Kariba defender Mwinga.

Former Masvingo United man Nyakabangwe however, got another chance before the break but his effort from a free-kick went inches over the crossbar.

The second stanza started just like the first and Whawha almost conceded the fifth after only three minutes but Tonha’s effort rattled the woodwork with Philip Nhete well beaten.

Manhanga continued with his first half form and combined well with the industrious Mavundi and evergreen Tichaona Chipunza dictating pace in the middle .

It was then time for Manhanga to be rewarded for his fine afternoon as he scored with a rare headed goal, directing Lameck’s pinpoint cross to make it a five-star performance for the home side. Sakala missed a chance to score his first brace after he was brilliantly set up by substitute Graham Ncube in the 76th minute.

Another substitute Marlvin Gaki could not miss four minutes later as he has kept his composure to score after another individual brilliant effort from the talismanic Manhanga.

It actually could have been seven but Manhanga who was always in the thick of things missed another chance as Triangle continued to push forward.

Kaindu who on Wednesday described their game against Chicken Inn as boring was naturally pleased with yesterday’s overall performance.

“Scoring six goals from six different players is a clear message to the opponents that we don’t rely on one or two players. We have different dimensions and that’s very healthy.

“We want to maintain our goal scoring form at home and make good use of our home aantage.

Source : The Herald