January solitary strike sinks Buffaloes

BULAWAYO - Timothy January’s solitary first half strike was all How Mine needed to collect maximum points against struggling Buffaloes in a Castle Lager Premiership match here yesterday.

With the win, the gold miners moved into third place on the log with 29 points and now trail log leaders Chicken Inn by one point.

How Mine got the all-important goal in the 31st minute when January tapped in a pin-point cross from fullback Tapiwa Kumbuyani.

After the match, How Mine coach Luke Masomere was pleased by the result and denied any notion his side was targeting the championship this season.

“In terms of collecting positive results we are doing well. I think we didn’t play well today (yesterday),” he said.

“We are now closer to the leading pack. We are not under pressure, all we want is to finish in the top seven.

“The league championship is not our target this season. We are playing to enjoy ourselves then next year we want to win the championship.”

With yesterday’s defeat, Buffaloes remain close to the relegation zone as they are on 12th place on the log with 16 points.

The Mutare-based soldiers’ coach Saul Chaminuka said: “We played well in terms of what we have been planning. It is the finishing that failed us. We are trying our best, very soon we will start scoring.”

Buffaloes got their best chance for an equaliser in the 67th minute when Philip Thembani managed to beat How Mine left back Moses Gutu inside the box and unleashed a shot towards goal.

How Mine goalkeeper Bernard Donovan reacted swiftly and punched the ball back into play.

In the 79th minute, How Mine substitute Godfrey Nguwodzawo saw his effort miss the target by inches when he pock-toed the ball inside the Buffaloes penalty box.

Four minutes from time Donavan again made sure Chikurupati collected maximum points when he denied George Mukahanana from a free kick from outside the box.

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