Buffaloes in controversial win

MUTARE - Buffaloes narrowly beat Triangle 1-0 through a 77th minute Kastigu Juwakinyu header in an evenly contested Castle Lager Premiership match here on Sunday.

Juwakinyu broke the visiting sugar-cane farmers' resistance after Jimmy Tigere skied his clearance in a defensive mix-up with his keeper Ronald Mudimu allowing the veteran striker to nod home into an empty net.

Triangle gaffer Biggie Zuze however, contested the fairness of the result after his charges were denied an opportunity to draw level after their penalty call was waived away.

Six minutes from time, Triangle were denied a genuine penalty when forward Ronald Kawondera was fouled by Prosper Matizanadzo inside the box but the referee waved play on.

Kawondera had intercepted a poor clearance by Matizanadzo and made his way towards goal before he was stripped by the defender.

“There was clearly contact but the far side match official just didn't raise her flag. Maybe she didn't see it but it was clearly a foul. But such is the game we need to soldier on," Zuze said.

Moses Chunga was happy with his first three points as Buffaloes' coach after drawing one-all away to Highlanders in his first game in charge.

"It’s nice to collect my first three points in front of our fans," he said but admitted his team's lukewarm performance was not impressive.

"We didn't play our normal game maybe it’s because of the rest we had last week. In every sport you need to keep your momentum especially when you motivation is high," Chunga said.

Buffaloes started the game poorly with Triangle enjoying the best of their early exchanges.

The first clear chance fell to the visitors in four minutes from time after Felix Kuswatuka outpaced the Buffaloes defence to fire a shot that glanced off the far post to go out for a goal kick.

Buffaloes replied two minutes later with an Elton Dzumbunu volley sailing just over the bar.

In the 61th minute, Buffaloes goalkeeper Itayi Chiwara was lucky when he unconventionally scooped away a dangerous and awkward Nelson Menson shot.

Five minutes later, Buffaloes could have gone ahead but Admire Dzumbunu's shot on the turn struck the upright.

With action swinging from end to end, Brian Juwayeyi was left unmarked inside the Buffaloes box but headed wide with only Chiwara to beat.

Meanwhile, Hwange kept pressure on the leading pack as they recorded an emphatic 4-1 victory over Chapungu at the Colliery yesterday.

The coal miners remained in fifth place on the log but they now have 37 points and trail log leaders Dynamos by six with seven games to go before the season ends.

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