BY STEVE EPHRAEM
A coach with Chimanimani based Rusitu Tigers laments the chances that his side wasted in yesterday (21 May)s match against JM Busha 54 as the main contributing factor for their loss.
Tigers lost 1-2 to Busha in a match day 7 encounter in the ZIFA Eastern Region Division 1 Soccer League that was marred with time wasting by the visitors. The match was held at Tigers’ home ground at Chirombo Stadium, Ndima in Rusitu.
Tigers’ assistant coach, Moses Chigidi said his side was punished for wasting chances.
“Our team was the better side and created so many chances but we wasted them. In football, whenever you waste chances, you get punished for that. That is what happened to us. Now are going to the drawing board and correct where we went wrong,” he said.
This publication spoke to one soccer expert (who preferred to remain anonymous) who watched yesterdays match. He concurred with Chigidi that Rusitu Tigers was a force to reckon in football but it should avoid at all cost to waste chances.
“Tigers are a marvel to watch in the field of play. But they should not enjoy creating chances that they dont utilise including a penalty that they missed. End of day, they will cry of losing a game which they were dominating,” he said.
The expert had further advice for both sides.
“It was worrying to see how JM Busha resorted to time wasting tactics in the second half after they scored their second goal. It is not healthy for soccer to have 25mins of second half play being wasted like that and the officials seemed not to be concerned. That culture contributes to the reason why most teams don’t survive when they get promoted into top flight soccer league, he said.