Rhinos' relegation woes mount

KADOMA - Black Rhinos blew a golden chance to move out of the relegation zone when they were held 1-1 by the visiting Hwange in a Castle Premiership match here yesterday.

After a quiet first half, the One Commando-based soldiers broke the deadlock through Lincoln Saramaya in the 62nd minute.

Rhinos, who desperately needed the three points to starve off relegation, failed to defend the lead after Rodwell Chinyengetere equalised 11 minutes from time.

With the draw, Rhinos moved to 28 points but remain in the last final relegation slot with only four games to go before the end of the season.

The coalminers remained in fifth place with 39 points and kept their hopes of a top four finish and a ticket to play in the Mbada Diamonds Cup at the end of the season.

After the game, Rhinos coach Jostein Mathuthu was satisfied with the point.

“I’m satisfied with the point considering that we had lost the previous three matches,” said Mathuthu.

Hwange coach Nation Dube bemoaned the clear chances they had missed after they had dominated the whole game.

“I bemoan the chances that came our way in the first half we could have wrapped the game but poor finishing cost us the three points,” said Dube.

The Hwange coach was referring to a particular incident 14 minutes into the match when the veteran Gilbert banda was presented with a glorious chance to take the lead.

Zulu capitalised on a mistake by Rhinos defender Reuben Machaya but failed to beat goalkeeper Herbert Rusawo.

The reigning Goalkeeper of the Year was called to produce another world class save when he denied Evans Rusike.

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