Shabanie compound Buffaloes' woes

MUTARE - Shabanie Mine had to come from behind to collect maximum points when they handed Buffaloes their fourth defeat inside five games here yesterday.

The home team had drew first blood through a Shepherd Nkata header off a Phillip Thembani corner kick in the ninth minute.

Shabanie however put up a spirited second half performance and goals from Munyaradzi Kanyarimwe, Fungai Chirinda and Caleb Masocha ensured that they returned to Zvishavane with all three points.

After Buffaloes had taken the lead, the Chinda Boys regrouped in the second half and were the better side.

Kanyarimwe levelled matters with a beautifully struck free kick that gave Buffaloes keeper Hope Bere no chance after 71 minutes.

Chirinda trust the asbestos miners into the lead seven minutes from time after capitalising on a goalmouth melee inside the Buffaloes box.

Masocha ensured Shabanie of the three points when he scored the third goal moments later after he was set up by Eria Phiri.

Buffaloes coach Saul Chaminuka said: “It has been a bad day in office. We could have wrapped the game in the first half as we were in control but we failed to hold on. We also failed to score and conceded a silly free kick.”

Shabanie Mine coach Luke Masomere was over the moon with joy.

“We really fared well though the first half was not all that good for the team. The second half was fine we encouraged the players to play as a team and it worked,” said Masomere. - Sydney Saize

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