Midlands State University Football Club (MSU-FC) climbed to the 8th spot after drubbing Paramount FC by 3 goals to nil in a thrilling encounter held in unfavourable conditions of a sandy pitch and hot weather in Gokwe on Sunday the 20th of February 2022.
The win came at a time when MSU FC was struggling for form and became the first team to beat Paramount FC at home this season in the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) Division One league.
MSU FC collected maximum points that were a crucial turning point in their bid to up their position to complete the season in the league’s esteemed top four.
The victory was inspired by three well-taken goals from Wesley Murozvi, Cliffton Mwale and Tafadzwa Mwanza to break the stubborn Gokwe outfit.
MSU FC is affectionately known to its legion of fans as the Sharks.
Sharks Coach, Mr Chasten Ngondonga expressed his joy over the performance of the team which came at a time when the team needed to collect maximum points for a top-four spot.
“Today I am very happy about the overall performance of the boys. They showed superb quality and to collect maximum points against a team which has never been beaten at home this season made the victory unbelievable. The points collected against Paramount FC are very critical in our fight to get into the top four,” said Ngondonga.
MSU FC team manager Mr Martin Ncube said that he was impressed by the fighting spirit shown by the boys. He reiterated the need for the team to keep to its winning ways moving into next weekend’s fixture.
“I am very impressed by the fight put in by the boys and hopefully they will keep playing this way in next weekend’s match against Vumba Football Club,” he said.
The Sharks, who felt like the underdogs, played the game with great enthusiasm as they were aware of the heavy burden to come out victorious against a team that had not been defeated at home.
Team Captain Polyester Shoko expressed his joy by the way the team played to conquer the limits put to their game by the sandy pitch.
“I am overjoyed by the way we pulled together, bullied the home side, adjusted to the sandy pitch and walked away with maximum points. We need to keep playing this way if we are going to improve our standing on the log,” the Captain said.
Sports and Recreation Director Mr James Muvirimi Chivivi said that the Sharks really needed this victory and he was hopeful of a turnaround in the fortunes of MSU FC.
“This win was long overdue and this came as a wake-up call for the team after having suffered a succession of draws and a couple of defeats. The result has placed MSU 8th on the log and if we keep up the momentum into the next couple of matches, a top-four finish beckons on the horizon,” he said.
MSU FC faces Vumba FC at home this coming weekend, the morale in the camp is high and the team is looking for nothing short of a victory to boost their chances of a splendid finish in their ZIFA Division one league campaign.