By Lawrence Trusida, Sports Editor
Veteran midfielder Mavis Chirandu rose off the bench to seal a one-nil victory for the visiting Black Rhinos Queens against Correctional Queens in a Women’s Super league heavyweight football clash at Chikurubi Training Deport stadium.
With the match seemingly destined for a draw, Chirandu had a final say after converting a sublime free kick just outside the box with three minutes still to play.
Chirandu, who had been introduced as an 80th minute substitute, curled the ball around the Correctional Queens wall and beyond Manyara Mandaza who had a good day in goals for the home side.
As expected, it was a game of few chances as a number of current and former national team players were on display.
Rhinos had the better of the few chances, with Felisitus Muzongondi testing Manyara with a long range shot that was tipped over the bar, with Rutendo Makore failing to punish the her opponents after getting a free header from the resultant corner kick.
Makore had another free header in the 13th minute that she failed to bury before getting another one in the second half that she sent over the bar.
Felisitus Muzongondi had another chance in the second half that missed the upright post by just mere inches.
In a cagey affair that was well handled by referee Mercy Maimbo, Black Rhinos Queens coach Kudakwashe Matuvi had the telling decision after Chirandu found the back of the net.
The win meant a lot to the defending champions, while for Correctional Queens its back to the drawing board after suffering their second defeat at home.