Rhinos keep survival hopes alive

KADOMA - An eighth minute penalty converted by Milton Kurewa was all Black Rhinos needed to edge Shabanie Mine to keep their survival hopes alive here yesterday.

With the win, the army side moved to 13th place on the log with 34 points while Shabanie dropped to 14th place on 32 points.

With both teams needing nothing short of a maximum points to steer themselves from the relegation zone, Rhinos were handed a glorious chance when midfielder Stephen Matsangaise was hacked down in the box by Shabanie defender Douglas Sibanda.

Referee Nomore Musundire correctly pointed to the spot amid some protests from the visitors.

Kurewa coolly slotted his spot kick past Shabanie keeper Victor Twaliki to give the One Commando-based soldiers the lead.

After conceding the goal, the visitors became more purposeful in their play but they could not break down the Rhinos defence.

The second half was a tale of missed chances from both teams as Rhinos held on for the precious three points.

Rhinos coach Jostein Mathuthu was happy with the win as it gives them confidence they can retain their Premiership status for next season.

“I’m happy with the three points; it might be a tonic which the doctor had prescribed,” said Mathuthu.

Shabanie coach Jairos Tapera bemoaned the chances his side missed.

“We controlled the game but failed to score but however, we are not throwing the towel yet,” he said.

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