Dulibadzimu United Regains Winning Formula

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DULIBADZIMU United FC rediscovered its winning formula and sent Zvishavane side Loss Control packing in a match played on Saturday at the Mabhidhi Stadium in the outskirts of the border town.

It was a match of two halves.

The bad and the good. In the second part after the breather, when all hope seemed lost, and more than a dozen chances fluffed, adventurous Benedict Sithole went hunting.

He got to the party and won his ball back in a tussle within the area and left the visitors keeper lost with a low beauty. Mabhidhi Stadium, located behind the Harare highway in a bushy virgin dry land making it an oasis in the middle of Mopani shrubs, burst into life.

The helicopter belonging to road contractors Bitumen World which earlier encircled the pitch, seemingly in show of support, or bringing blessings from the Gods of Football and dropping the winning formula, could have parked mid-air celebrating the Sithole goal.

It was the celebration that was more spectacular. Sithole relieved from a long goal drought punched the air and ran team in tow to the corner flag where they his in glory. The crowd marvelled.

Club Mantengwane, a happy group of Highlanders Football Club supporters chapter of Beitbridge broke into song and celebrated in scenes reminiscent of happy days of premiership football in Beitbridge.

In short, the moment could just be described as ecstatic.

But it was the creme de la creme from Polite “Scara” Bhegedhe which made happy noise. He selected a vintage from his shelf and scored a beauty that would make Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, the gods of free kicks in David Beckam, Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso or back home Moses Bambo Chunga’s – you name any – green with envy.

Scara bent it, put power in the hook, flew it above defenders it’s wicked curl stunning the visitors keeper as the ball rested in the nets of the goal and supporters hearts.

It was memorable.But hold on.

It was Forward Makambabga who dazzled a striker on the right back after coming in as a surprise second choice. Yes, Forward is a defender and the top goal scorer and he was on the bench.

Coming in hungry, he walloped a striker with fancy footwork before flighting a searching pass that lost defenders and left a striker with the keeper to beat.

The keeper took a cruel chance and saw red after crudely blocking a goal scoring chance. Makambanga and Scara stood behind the resultant free kick.

The Makambanga sold the most expensive dummy.And Scara obliged. Outstanding players were the evergreen Ephany Manyama who pocketed his marker throughout his your of duty but left prematurely after being elbowed.

Captain Leeroy Nduzo Rwokuda steered his ship with trademark individual prowess and intercepted a couple of potentially dangerous balls.

Nduzo who is simply premiership material has been under the radar of some top flight clubs and rumour has it Highlanders scouts have mounted.

The referee was on vacation and like many of his other decision, disappointed. Loss Control in the first part was no pushover and could have scored twice.

“We are headed for Filabusi and we hope everyone will join us. Let’s carry on the dream,” Mandla Combat Moyo rallied team supporters.

Dulibadzimu faces Filabusi United from the gold mining growth point 280 kilometres away. Fans are willing.

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