Ndiraya heaps praise on Antonio

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Bill Antonio in action for Dynamos against Tenax at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday CREDIT Liberty Mugari

Dynamos coach Tonderai Ndiraya praised teenage sensation Bill Antonio after his match-winning display against Tenax on Sunday and challenged him to maintain his consistency as he continues to establish himself as a key player at the club.

The 18-year-old winger was involved in all three goals as Dynamos secured successive wins for the first time this season with a comfortable victory.

Antonio set up Ghanaian Martin Ofori for the opener with a fine cross after just five minutes, but Tenax responded to the early setback with Joel Munsakag finishing off a brilliant team move for the visitors on 28th minute.

The Prince Edward School prefect and athletics captain ensured Dynamos restored their lead with a clever layoff for Emmanuel Paga just after hour mark before capping off a fine afternoon by providing another assist for Ralph Kawondera six minutes later.

Ndiraya, who has played an important role in the teenage forward’s development after giving his first break in professional football, was full of praise for his young protégé after the match.

“I must give it to young Bill Antonio, he was so outstanding. All the goals we scored today came from his end. He had a brilliant game today and I hope he can keep the consistency,” said Ndiraya.

Antonio carried over from his brilliant performance last week when he came on as a substitute and scored the clincher in the 2-0 win over Bulawayo Chiefs.

“Today he was again the difference between us and Tenax so I’m happy for him, for the team and for the supporters. Slowly, we are getting to be ourselves and hopefully we can keep the consistency.”

Antonio, who was deservedly named Man of the Match, however refused to take the personal glory, instead choosing to attribute the win to teamwork.

“There is no ‘I’ in the word team so I just want to shout out to my teammates for supporting me and giving me the passes that managed us to get the three points,” Antonio said.

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