Monomotapa takes lead

Powerhoue Monomotapa were off to a flying-start of the 2009 MTN Caf Champions league as they outwitted Zanzibari outfit, Miembeni F.C, 2-0 in the first leg match of the preliminary round, at Rufaro stadium, last Sunday.

Former Lengthens defender, Brian Mapfumo, announced his arrival at
Monos with a classic brace that powered his new side a lead in the two
legged encounter.

The first one came four minutes into the match following some
entertaining passes between Edmore Chitato and Daniel Zokoto. Chitato,
who was just outside the box, dribbled past visiting defender Marcus
Raphael to slice a pass through two of their opponents as Zokoto sent
the ball back to Chitato who set it for Mapfumo before a blast into the
back of the nets.

The Happy People former player sent the few Monos supporters and a
supportive group of Caps United fanatics at the stadium, into
celebration again in the 71st minute when Zokoto skilfully bundled the
ball into the nets.

Monomotapa had several opportunities to discipline an otherwise drab
Miembeni side in the first half to secure a great lead before the
return leg away from home in two weeks time. But chances were created
and wasted in a half the visitors' defenders were either lacking
communication with their goalkeeper, Farouk Ramadhan, or leaving Monos
strikers unmarked in the box.

A pass from Zokoto in the 22nd minute would have given Mapfumo his
second goal, early before the breather and a hatrick with what became
his second, had he not sent his shot wide.

Defenders Voster Chitema and Luckmore Simango did enough to protect
their goalkeeper, Godfrey Mungove from the little challenge they got
from Miembeni strikers Mohamed Salum and Khamis Mcha.

Mcha crossed the ball to Sabrin Ramadhan in the left flank and his
cross to Salum in the box ended an unfruitful fight for an equalizer 13
minutes before Monos' second after Simango denied Salum a shot.
Monomotapa will need to brace themselves for a competitive second leg
match away from home if their opponents, Miembeni who will be using a
home-ground advantage are to put up a fighting spirit they showed in
the second half of the game.

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