How Mine, Gamecocks in stalemate

BULAWAYO - How Mine and Chicken Inn shared the spoils in a lively Bulawayo derby during a Castle Premiership match here yesterday.

The Gamecocks started the match on a high note and were in the lead just five minutes into the encounter through defender Lawrence Mhlanga.

The defender Lawrence Mhlanga was at the end of a corner kick from Clemence Matawu to beat Chikurupati keeper Donovan Bernard.

After the going behind, How Mine quickly regrouped and were level 19 minutes later when they were awarded a penalty that was scored by the veteran Menard Mupera.

The gold miners were awarded the spot kick when Heritan Masuku brought down Moses Jackson inside the box.

The Chicken Inn player heavily disputed against the spot kick but the referee Hardly Ndazi did not reverse his decision.

Mupera kept his cool and sent Chicken Inn goalkeeper Elvis Chipezeze the wrong way from the spot kick.

In the second period, both teams fought hard to get the winning goal but they could not add to the score sheet.

However, Chicken Inn substitute Toto Banda could have won the match for his team when he came face to face with Bernard but his effort from close range missed the target by a few inches.

After the match both coaches were happy with the draw.

How Mine coach Luke Masomere said: “We are not relegation material and we will work hard to win our next matches. In fact we are already preparing for next season.”

Chicken Inn coach Joey Antipas said: “It was a good game we wasted a lot of chances in the second half. That’s the game of football. I’m happy with the point especially on the fact that we were away from home.”

How Mine remain in 11th position from the log with 29 points and need to pick up points in their remaining six matches to avoid relegation.

The Gamecocks dropped to seventh place with 34 points after they were leapfrogged by FC Platinum.

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