How Mine edge Rhinos

HARARE - Black Rhinos continued to tumble down the Castle Premier League log standings after falling to 10-man How Mine here yesterday.

The army side is now just one place off the bottom of the log with only six points from eight games while the Bulawayo side moved to into fifth place with 14 points.

It was Chipembere’s former player Menard Mupera’s well taken spot kick that got How Mine off the mark a minute before half time.

Jameson Mukombwe’s speculative shot 47 minutes into the match levelled matters for the army side and How Mine’s midfielder Winston Dube’s sending off in the 50th minute had seemingly given Rhinos the edge.

However it was the visitors who took advantage and scored what proved to be the decisive goal in the 56th minute through Simba Sithole.

How Mine coach Philani Dube however remained diplomatic in victory.

“Naturally playing away from home and getting such a result, we are happy,” he said.

“We played well. I’m proud of the boys especially after we were a man down; we really fought hard and were even able to get another goal.”

He added: “We need at least 37 points to survive relegation we have 14 now so we are still fighting relegation.”

In a match of few chances Rhinos got out of the blocks the more dominant side hoping to get back to winning ways following two straight defeats to Highlanders and Buffaloes respectively.

But their ambitions were dealt a blow in the 43rd minute when Brighton Chandisaita handled Dube’s goal bound effort.

Referee Batsirai Muchenje correctly pointed to the spot and up stepped Mupera, who made no mistake in sending Rhinos goalie Brito Gweru the wrong way.

Moments later Chandasaita was handed a glorious chance to redeem himself when How Mine defender Herbert Dick also handled Martin Mine’s shot inside the box.

But the gangly defender spurned his spot kick as he skied his effort way over the bar.

Rhinos got their second half off to a perfect start, Mukombwe’s cross cum shot eluding both the Rhinos strike force and How Mine’s defence.

The army side were given another lifeline when Dube was given a second yellow card.

But Rhinos were unable to take advantage. Instead it was the visitors through Sithole, who sneaked behind Mukombwe to poke home Mupera’s cross.

Rhinos coach Nesbert Saruchera said: “This is our third defeat in a role, it really disappointing. But we have to soldier on. We are failing to convert our chances and also conceding soft goals. From here on we have no option we just have to start winning. This is unhealthy for us.”

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