Nduti the hero for Rangers

2003-03-09 18:49

Johannesburg - Rangers captain Liswa Nduti came to the rescue for Manning Rangers in their pulsating 2-1 victory againts Jomo Cosmos in their PSL game at Makholong Stadium in Tembisa on Sunday.

Nduti took the goalkeeper's gloves in the 82nd minute when referee Petros Mathabela gave Rangers keeper Abram Kwenenyane a red card for using abusive language.

With three maximum of substitutes already on the field for Rangers, Nduti seized the initiative and between the posts.

And he excelled. He rallied his defenders around him and did his bit with three good saves.

Rangers coach Shepherd Murape, masterminding the side for the second time since Clive Barker's resignation, made a clever substitution in the 46th minute that saved him the game.

He brought off an off-form Colin Powell for striker Siza Nombe - and how it worked.

Nombe engineered a cross pass to Regon Stewart who clinched Ranger's first goal in the 55th minute with a low drive that beat Cosmos keeper Avril Phali.

Four minutes later Nombe scored Ranger's second goal after receiving a square pass from Stewart.

Cosmos striker Essau Kanyenda, tormented by many wasted scoring chances, finally broke through in the 51st minute with a low shot that beat Kwenenyane.

Cosmos then pressed forward and tried long range shots to try and catch a wide-awake Nduti off guard and when they tried to break through to the captain, his defence remained rock-solid.

Cosmos slumped off the field down-heartened after their seventh straight defeat. The now have only 30 points from 21 games and left with nine games to move into the top eight bracket.

Rangers move up from 11th to 10th with 32 points from 26 games.