ZPC maintain unbeaten run

HARARE - Castle Premiership newcomers ZPC Kariba scored two late goals against How Mine here on Saturday to salvage a 2-2 draw and maintain their unbeaten start to the 2014 season.

How Mine looked poised to hand the Kariba-based side their first defeat in nine matches as they led 2-0 with a minute to go from goals by Edmore Muzanhenhamo and Kuda Musharu.

However, Saul Chaminuka’s charges staged a late dramatic fight back scoring two goals in the 89th and 91st minutes through Raphael Manuvire and Trevor Chikede to earn a priceless draw.

How Mine coach Philani “Beefy” Ncube blamed the draw on poor officiating from Thomas Masaa for allowing the home side’s equaliser by Chikede to stand.

“I do not want to comment much about certain things but week in week out they will be issues concerning referees,” said Ncube.

“For today, the referee should have given us a free kick but he allowed the game to carry on despite the foul and that second goal must not have come.

“I’m happy of collecting a point despite the bad officiating we should have won this game. The referee saved ZPC Kariba today and it’s not good for our football.

“However, my players lost concentration in the last minutes of the game and we need to work on our mistakes in our next game.”

ZPC Kariba coach Saul Chaminuka praised his charges for a never say die attitude.

“I’m a football person this is one of the games we could have lost but for the whole game I had a feeling that we are not going to lose despite going down 2-0,” he said.

“In the second half, instead of playing two strikers I added one player upfront as we had discovered that How mine were playing a single striker Kuda Musharu and most of their players were congested in the midfielder

“We need to continue with our performance and we will take each game as it comes, we do not want to put ourselves under unnecessary.”

The visitors controlled the game in the first minutes and found their first goal as early as the eighth minute when Muzanhenhamo scored with a spectacular long range shot from outside the box.

During the second half, the gold miners continued to pile on the pressure on the home side and were duly rewarded with a second goal after 52 minutes.

Muzanenhamo was again involved in the goal when his nicely floated corner kick was headed home by Musharu. It was Musharu’s eighth goal of the season.

The Bulawayo-based side however, failed to kill off the game and allowed ZPC to come back into the match in dramatic fashion with two late goals.

Comments (1)

Watch out for How Mine,mark my words.

VaChipakatira - 26 May 2014

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