Beefy positive about Confed Cup progress

BULAWAYO - How Mine coach Philani “Beefy” Ncube is refusing to panic despite his team’s slim first leg win over Nigerians Bayela in the Confederations Cup and believe the miners can complete the job in the away leg.

Chikurupati laboured to a slender 2-1 lead in the first leg of the second round tie on Saturday at Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo, but Ncube predicted that his side will brew a shocker in the return fixture and overcome the seasoned continental campaigners in their own backyard.

“Winning at home gives you a big advantage and I am happy that we managed to rise to the challenge after falling behind at the beginning of the second half,” Ncube said.

“I am confident that we will cause an upset in Nigeria next weekend although it will not be easy as you saw how they tried to control the situation here, so you can imagine what they will do when they are at home.”

How Mine’s attackers, that prior to the Saturday match harvested a total of 12 goals in the previous rounds, failed to live up to expectation as they took turns to miss some gilt-edged chances especially in the first stanza.

Those misses came back to haunt the gold miners when Bayelsa took the lead at the restart through the dangerous Bernard Okorowanta.

The Nigerian striker had earlier in the day nearly thrust his side ahead in the first minute of the game but his effort was cleared of the goal line by How Mine skipper Gilbert Banda.

Morris Kadzola equalized for How Mine on the hour mark before Mernard Mupera secured victory in the second minute of added time through the penalty spot.

The penalty decision infuriated the visitors and some of their officials approached journalists at full time and accused the Eritrean match referee Mensur Maeruf of daylight robbery before declaring that their team would beat How Mine  3-0 in the return leg.

It was evident from the onset that Bayelsa were playing for a draw as they not only engaged in time wasting antics as early as the first half but they also deployed nine men behind the ball at most times.

The Nigerians will most likely be more attack minded in the reverse fixture and this could result in a more open match which will suit How Mine better since the Bayelsa defense appeared suspect at times.

Their left-back Mutiu Adegoke seems to be more of a wingback rather than a fullback and this was evident when he flung himself at Kadzola and conceded the last minute penalty.

An experienced defender does not slide in but instead jockeys the opponent and denies him a chance to shoot at goal.

Adegoke, who provided the assist for the Bayelsa goal, had earlier in the first half been guilty of giving away possession cheaply to the hosts who however failed to capitalize on his mistakes.

This is the player that the gold miners should have targeted last Saturday and hopefully in the reverse fixture they will unleash the speedy Emmanuel Mandiranga on the right flank and instruct him to take on the Nigerian defender at every opportunity.

How Mine will have to watch out for Okorowanta and his strike partner Eric Frimpong as the duo displayed a good understanding of each other.

Comments (1)

Nice story and analysis, Morris kadzola continues to impress with his overlapping runs, and surprise in the way xolisani moyo is anchoring very well. all the best How Mine.

steve ndlovu - 25 March 2014

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