Thursday, June 1, 2023

Rusitu Tigers’ Ugandan import silences Gem boys

Branton Matondo

Chimanimani-based Eastern Region Division 1 soccer league outfit Rusitu Tigers secured an emphatic win over Manica Diamonds Juniors this past Saturday courtesy of a blistering long range strike from Ugandan international Okello Moses.
Moses, who once featured in the biggest club competition in Africa, the CAF Champions league during his stint with Djiboutian side Solar Seven Fc shook the nets with a well taken free kick in the 31st minute that gave Manica Diamonds goalkeeper no chance.
The tall gangling defender had another free kick blocked in the 20th minute, an effort that looked most likely to be going to the back of the net.
The well taken goal in the 30th minute was a top up to Kevin Sithole’s header scored in the 22nd minute after poor cross cutting from the young boys.
Speaking to TellZim News Moses who plays as a center back said the team came in with so much confidence and it was a big reward at the end of the day.
“The game was good because we came with confidence that we should pick the three points. That’s why we are always playing as a team, bringing in that fighting spirit and manage to get maximum points. Taking free kicks is my special technique and I always try to benefit the team through that,” said Moses.
Quizzed on his thoughts of Zimbabwean football as compared to football in Uganda, the former Tuskers Fc (Kenya) and Elmerrick Fc (Sudan) defender spoke positively of the local league.
“Football in Zimbabwe is good, everything is good and there is high competition but our target, we want be promoted into the premier league. I came to Zimbabwe with an objective of playing in the top flight but it was not to be and now I’m plying my trade with Rusitu Tigers and we are pushing for promotion,” said Moses.
Rusitu Tigers gaffer Prince Tafirenyika said the players managed to execute the game plan.
“The game was good and our strategy worked. We didn’t want them to play in our own half. We wanted them to play in their half, so it worked. We got the two goals and that was a confidence booster. At first I thought we were not going to score early but it worked out. Moses is one of the best free kick takers for the team and he is very good on that. We will work on the next game as soon as possible. We hope to get a good result,” said Tafirenyika.
Manica Diamonds Juniors have been dismal at home so far.
Before the encounter with Rusitu Tigers they lost 1 nil against local nemesis Mutare City Rovers.
Meanwhile Mutare City Rovers thrashed JM Busha 5 nil at Sakubva stadium. Buffaloes won 3– 1 against Ruwa Fc at Showgrounds. Fc Wangu Mazodze sits at the summit of log with an impressive 16 points from six outings. Zhalala Zhululu, as they are affectionately known in the football circles is yet to taste defeat in the league. Over the weekend, they got the better of visiting Midway FC 2-1.
Ruwa FC sits at the bottom of the table with three points from 6 games, translating to an average of 0.5 point a game.

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