How Mine burst Hwange's bubble

BULAWAYO - Hwange head coach Nation Dube blamed the congested Castle Premiership fixture schedule for his side first defeat of the season after going down 2-0 to How Mine here on Saturday.

The coal miners went down to two first half goals by Kuda Musharu and Wonder Sithole and Dube blamed fatigue for his team’s first loss of the season after six games.

“I’m not happy because of the congested fixture schedule as fatigue really took its toll on us,” Dube said after the match.

“The match officiating was also not consistent but we just have to look forward to our next game against Bantu Rovers and this could turn out to be another tricky fixture for us as Bantu will be out to put their season back on track after losing to Chiredzi.”

The coal miners played on Thursday against Black Rhinos at the Colliery and did not have any time to rest before travelling over 300KM for yesterday’s game in Bulawayo.

Fatigue clearly caught up with the coal miners as they went down in the sixth minute after Musharu punished a mistake by Hwange defender David Bworiwondo, who failed to clear harmless looking ball.

Boriwondo’s mistake allowed Sithole to tee the ball up for the former Monomotapa striker, who placed the ball over an on-rushing Takabva Mawaya in goals for Hwange.

Sithole then got his name on the score-sheet on 23 minutes after a brilliant solo run when he beat Mawaya at his near post.

Enterprising How Mine midfielder Edmore Muzanenhamo nearly grabbed a third for the gold miners but his brilliantly taken free kick was palmed away by Mawaya for a corner kick which How Mine failed to utilise.

In the second half, How Mine’s Xolisani Moyo had an effort disallowed for offside after he had gotten to the end of a Muzanenhamo pass following an indirect free kick that was awarded to the home team when Mawaya handled outside his penalty box.

Chipangano made a raft of changes in the second half but the changes could not amount to anything as How Mine cruised to their third victory on the trot.

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