Ray Bande Senior Reporter
MANICALAND’S flagship football outfit Manica Diamonds will be out to prove that last weekend’s triumph over Harare City was not a flash in pan when they travel back to Gibo Stadium in Chiredzi where they will face Triangle. Manica Diamonds used Gibo Stadium as their home ground against Harare City while the Mutare side awaiting Premier Soccer League decision on Vengere stadium which was inspected this week.
Club chairman Masimba Chihowa confirmed that PSL pledged to inspect Vengere Stadium this week and chances are that the Gem Boys will use it as their home ground starting next weekend.
“I have talked to the PSL chief executive Kenny Ndebele who indicated to me that they will be inspecting Vengere Stadium for the second time. We hope that after their inspection they will allow us to use Vengere Stadium given the determination and zeal that Rusape Town Council showed in sprucing up the match venue,” said Chihowa.
Sunday’s second visit to Gibo stadium will certainly not be a stroll in the park for Luke Masomere and his men given that this time around they will be facing the owners of the match venue – Triangle FC unlike last Sunday when they were both visitors together with Harare City.
The Gem Boys collected their first set of maximum points in a commendable fashion after dismissing an out-of-sorts Harare City at Gibbo on Sunday.
The expensively assembled Manica Diamonds came into the match under pressure after losing 2-0 against CAPS United in the opening round of league matches.
In the match against Harare City, Manica Diamonds had to come from a goal behind after conceding a second penalty in as many games.
Harare City took the lead on the 27th minute through Moses Muchenje who converted from the spot.
Manica Diamonds restored parity from the spot in the 44th minute through Tendai Kachambere.
The Gem Boys, as they are affectionately by their legions of fans, sealed the match with second half goals from the impressive Marshall Mudehwe in the 78th minute before Timire Mamvura put the final nail on Harare City’s coffin two minutes later.