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Black Rhinos coach Arthur Tutani yesterday said he has to shoulder the blame for his team’s poor show and announced that he was stepping down from his job.

His side slumped to a sixth defeat of the season at the hands of Harare City at Rufaro.

The army side fell to goals from Nathan Ziwini, Martin Vengesai and Talent Chawapihwa, who scored a stoppage time goal after Milton Kurewa had reduced the arrears in the 88th minute.

The defeat was a bitter pill to swallow for Tutani after his side missed numerous scoring opportunities as they controlled the game for large periods.

Rhinos becomes the first side this year, just as was the case last year, to part ways with their coach with nine games played.

“I wasn’t sitting on any ultimatum, but I have lost too many games. I need somebody to come and help. I have just confirmed with my family and they said ‘father you have tried the time is up, call it a day,'” said Tutani.

“A good coach is measured by results. If the team is not winning it means you are not performing well. I am the one to blame.

“I will shoulder the blame for the defeats because I am the one who was in charge. I have run my distance. I must hand over the baton stick to somebody to do the job.

“I am a g man, I have tried my best so I throw in the towel early for somebody to come in early to try and save the club because Rhinos is a very good team. I don’t want them to go down, honestly. Last year, I was in the same position, not this time again, I have had enough.”

Ziwini gave Harare City the lead just three minutes into the game when he buried a rebound after Chawapihwa’s ferocious shot had crashed against the cross bar and bounced back into play.

Jameson Mukombwe thought he had found the equaliser in the 35th minute when he unleashed a thunderous shot from a freekick which hit the underside of the crossbar but referee Josiah Masimiro, who was closer to the scene, ruled that the ball had not crossed the line.

Vengesai doubled the Sunshine Boys’s lead in the 62nd minute when he raced clear to meet a long ball through the middle before rounding the aancing goalkeeper Jonathan Zvaita and slotting home from an angle.

Rhinos continued to press for the elusive goal and they finally made the breakthrough in the 88th minute when Kurewa headed home a cross from Mukombwe on the right.

It appeared they could get another goal with the way they were coming at the hosts but they were deflated when caught on the counter with the clock already indicating 90 minutes.

Chawapihwa received the ball near the centre line from a long clearance and raced towards goal to beat Zvaita on the near post for City’s third which brought relief for coach Bigboy Mawiwi.

Harare City, who lost six straight matches at the beginning of the season, rose from the bottom for the first time overtaking Moses Chunga’s Chiredzi, who lost to Dynamos at the weekend.

The Sunshine Boys now have six points in nine matches.

Teams:

Harare City: M. Nyamupangedengu, M. Diro-Nyenye, T. Chiworeso, D. Kutyauripo, A. Chivheya, J. Jam, W. Manondo (C. Muvuti, 59th minute), N. Ziwini, O. Mukuradare, T. Chawapihwa (T. Mamvura, 90 minute), M. Vengesai (A. Murimba, 84th minute)

Black Rhinos: J. Zvaita, J. Mukombwe, M. Kurewa, S. Jimu, B. Homora, D. Mbewe, B. Muzondiwa, P. Marufu, L. Chiwunga (W. Chakanyuka, 66th minute), L. Samaraya (B. Chikaka, 45th minute), M. Mine (W. Kapinda, 75th minute)

Source : The Herald

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