How Mine move into safety

ZVISHAVANE - Luke Masomere returned to haunt Shabanie Mine as his How Mine side emerged from Maglas Stadium with a with a 3-1 win yesterday.

With the win, the Bulawayo-based gold miners ensured their status as a Premiership side for next season as they moved to 36 points.

Shabanie are still in the relegation mix as they are on 32 points with only three games to go before the season ends.

How Mine went for the broke from the start with Thembani and Heritain Masuku orchestrating most of the attacks.

The visitors were dangerous on set pieces as Caleb Masocha was allowed a free header in the 21st minute but his effort went wide.

Moments later the enterprising Thembani Masuku sent in another pinpoint cross which an unmarked George Magariro headed over bar.

With Shabanie defence at sea on set pieces, Thembani Masuku opened the scoring in the 36th minute tapping in a corner from Heritain Masuku on the right.

The visitors increased the lead six minutes later when Godfrey Nguwodzawo was released on the right by Fungai Chirinda.

Nguwodzawo shrugged off the challenge from Rodney Mwale before beating an outdrawn Victor Twaliki.

Twaliki, who had a nightmarish match, should take responsibility for the second goal as he needlessly came off his line and failed to dispossess Nguwodzawo.

Thembani Masuku put the match beyond Shabanie's reach a minute into the second half beating off an ill conceived offside trap to lob the ball over Twaliki.

Shabanie got a face saver in the 68th minute when Twaliki converted from the spot after Nelson Tachi had handled inside the box.

Masomere was ecstatic after the win saying that he came into the encounter with a plan and it worked.

“We wanted to attack from the start and it worked well for us. I have always maintained that we are not relegation material but we want to build a team for next year by finishing at a respectable position,” he said.

Jairos Tapera, the Shabanie coach, put up a brave face saying that they will fight up to the last day.

“It happens that results don’t come your way. We wanted to win at all costs but that wasn't to be. We need to remain positive until the last game.”

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