DULIBADZIMU United FC (1)2 Vumba Chikwe FC (0) 1
DULIBADZIMU United travels to Zvishavane after it opened its campaign on a high note beating visitors Vumba Chikwe 2 – 1 thanks to a goal on each half by Bennedict Sithole whose brace sealed the deal.
The match lived up to its billing and the handful of soccer lovers who braved the heat were duly rewarded.
Visitors had their fair chance to level but poor finishing and an uncompromising defence particularly on the left wing spoilt their bid.
Although the hosts slackened in the second half, slightly taking the foot of the pedal, they could have bagged two more had they not been wasteful.
But United featuring players smaller in stature to the visitors stood their ground and had good exchanges worth maximum points.
Coach dreadlocked Stanley Ncube said his team played to instructions and the tally could have easily been more had COVID 19 not forced him change his game plan.
Five players of the first team line up went down to the dreaded disease and a hasty arrangement was made.
^They played well and every victory is a good victory. Our opponents came back in the game after the break but we held on,” he said.
“We are focused on the next game already,” he said.
Although Ncube’s team played as a unit, his shorter players left wingback Etany Gwavava and midfielder Phumudzo Ncube were outstanding.
Ginger-haired Milton Zuze dazzled the crowd with his forays at goal and was instrumental in walk-in goal number two.
Substitute veteran Ephraim Mwinga thrilled the home crowd with his decisive clearances and well-positioning.
But the report would be incomplete without mentioning the opposition goal which was a well taken free kick from an angle.
The ball beat Vincent Jere to height after it was tucked with speed into the far post.
Hosts during the second part fizzled out and showed fatigue.
Chairman Ephart Shoko said the focus had already shifted to Zvishavane.
The team meets high flying premiership side FC Platinum under 19 in a game in the Midlands town.
“We are already focussing on that game. We expect to do well, it’s the only option we have,” he said.
The Treasury and Branding departments of Dulibadzimu United have appealed to well wishers to assist raise funds for the trip.
“We need funds to travel. As a community team we rely on the community itself to support the cause,” said Jonathan Mongola, the brand manager.
He said the trip needed R7 000 in total.
The Zvishavane encounter is scheduled for this Saturday at the asbestos mining town at 3pm.
Dulibadzimu United chases a dream to bring premiership football to the southernmost town of Zimbabwe sitting on the border between South Africa and Zimbabwe.
Well wishers should contact Jonathan Mongola on 0718971130 or Lordwell Ziyaduma on 0772788873.