Buffaloes snatch last gasp win

MUTARE - Lloyd Katongomara scored a last-minute goal to give Buffaloes all three points against Harare City in a tightly contested Castle Premiership match here yesterday.

With the scores level at 2-2, Katongomara unleashed a thunderbolt long-range shot to beat City goalkeeper Maxwell Nyamupanendengu with virtually the last kick of the match.

After the match, Buffaloes’ gaffer Moses Chunga was happy with the three points as it helped them ease their relegation worries.

The Mutare-based army side are now on eighth place on the log with 36 points while the Sunshine Boys dropped to ninth with 34 points.

“When you are in murky waters and you get a positive result you have to be cheerful,” said Chunga.

Harare City coach Masimba Dinyero, however, blamed the defeat on bad officiating and an uneven Sakubva playing pitch.

“The officiating was bad, the pitch was uneven but we blame ourselves for the loss,” Dinyero said.

Harare City had taken the lead in the 15th minute after Jam James beat his marker to fire home from close range.

Buffaloes were, however, back on level terms five minutes later after Admire Dzumbunu rammed his shot in after expertly combining with Tafadzwa Mombeshora just outside the box.

The mid-table contest was evenly balanced as the two teams went for the breather tied.

The home side took the lead in the 65th minute with the ever-green Jacob Muzokomba firing past Nyamupanedengu after getting at the end of a header from Mombeshora.

Harare City refused to go down as they equalised moments later when Osborne Mukuradare unleashed a blistering shot to beat Buffaloes goalie Itayi Chiwara.

Five minutes from the end, City should have taken the lead but Francisco Zekumbawire fired wide of Chiwara’s goal.

Another glorious chance for the home side fell to William Munondo but his shot hit the woodwork with Chiwara well beaten.

The visitors would, however, rue those missed chances after Katongomara popped up right at the death to score the winning goal for Buffaloes.

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