How Mine register first win

BULAWAYO - How Mine collected their first set of full points this season following their 2-1 victory over visiting Shabanie Mine in Castle Premiership match here yesterday.

The gold miners had to come from behind after the visitors took a deserved lead through Ashley Mukwenya after 19 minutes following some good work from midfielder Xolani Ncube.

How Mine responded with goals from Menard Mupera, who capitalised on some sloppy defending to equalise on the stroke of half time with a pile drive after being set up by Kuda Musharu.

George Magariro scored the winning goal for Chikurupati in the 72nd minute after the Shabanie defence failed to clear their lines.

It was a game of two halves in which both teams took turns to dominate. Shabanie Mine could have scored at least three goals in the first half where they enjoyed a huge chunk of possession but their strikers were wasteful in front of goal.

It was How Mine’s turn to miss in the second half with Musharu being the main culprit for failing to tap in from a tight angle in the 76th minute with Shabanie goalkeeper Victor Twaliki beaten all systems out.

How Mine coach Philani Ncube was pleased with the result.

“Our participation in Africa drained us but gradually we will catch up with the others,” Ncube said after the match.

“Our intention was to get an early goal but we found ourselves trailing. So we had to bring in Timothy January and the change worked for us as he is a very quick player as he bought in a lot of urgency to our attack.

His counterpart, Shabanie Mine coach John Phiri blamed his team’s defeat on poor officiating.

“The match officiating was very bad and the referee gifted them with two goals. All the same we have to pull up our socks because we played way below par especially in midfield,” said Phiri.

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