By Mukudzei Chingwere
Exactly 117 spectators braved the cold weather of Gweru to watch Chapungu’s narrow Premiership victory against Bulawayo City at Ascot yesterday.
But the match had nothing to show for those few fans who defied the chilly weather conditions that swept the country over the weekend and those who stayed away will feel they did not miss anything.
By their own standards it was a poor crowd to watch a Chapungu game when compared to the numbers of supporters who usually throng Ascot to rally behind the only team in the city playing Premiership football.
Striker Edington Chirape rose from the bench to give the only telling contribution to a rather drab match when he scored to give the hosts what proved to be the winner 10 minutes from time.
Yesterday’s result means Chapungu are now on 16 points while Bulawayo City remains in danger and two points behind. Chapungu coach Rodwell Dhlakama however, felt the mid-season break has helped his charges as they aim to preserve their Premiership status.
“The good thing is that our players managed to rest after they had gone for a training camp, (airforce camp) so I think they had enough time to rest and recharged the batteries.
“It is a good start for us and we just have to keep focused and collect more points as the season progresses.
Chapungu . . . . . . . . .. . (0) 1
Bulawayo City . . . . . . . . 0