Rangers, Shabanie in dull draw

HARARE - Blue Rangers and Shabanie Mine yesterday played out a dull draw in a match that never rose to expected heights.

Despite the two goals, the match had little to write home about as both teams failed to fashion any clear cut chances to boost their current premiership standings.

The draw did little to aid Partson Ndabami’s men, who are still trapped in the murky waters of relegation in 14th place with 25 points.

The asbestos miners remain in sixth place with 43 points, a far cry from the promising start their exhibited early in the season.

Chinda Boys coach Luke Masomera offered a sharp critic to the result, simply describing it as “two bad teams sharing the spoils.”

Rangers surged ahead in the 76th minute through Shabanie Mine defender Boniface Dimanji, who had the misfortune of turning the ball past his own keeper following a cross from Macdonald Motsi.

Six minutes before the final whistle, Shabanie equalised through Castle Premiership leading goal scorer Nelson Maziwisa, who rose highest to head home a Pevington Zimunya cross, his 18th goal of the season.

“This was a fair score. It was not a game to talk about. We could not even string three or four passes together, we were just chasing shadows the whole afternoon,” fumed Masomera.

Shabanie showed signs of promise early on when Caleb Masocha’s header rattled the back of the net, but the goal did not stand as it was flagged for offside.

Scholar Hadebe’s flashing header in the 20th minute was Rangers first real chance at goal.

But the best chance of the first half fell to Maziwisa, who shot wide with the yarning goal at his mercy on the 45th minute from inside the six yard box.

The second half was carbon copy of the first with the only talking points being the two late goals.

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