Mutare City Rovers edge Hwange

MUTARE - Mutare City Rovers rallied from behind to edge past visiting Hwange 2-1 in a tense Castle Lager Premier Soccer encounter  here yesterday.

Falling behind to a Gilbert Zulu strike in the 58th minute Rovers levelled the scores through a Kudakwashe Gurure penalty in the 86th minute before Elisha Mhaka bundled in the winner a minute later under controversial circumstances.

Hwange shot-stopper Future Sibanda spilled the ballinviting Gurure and Mhaka to attack with the latter bundling it over the line.

With referee Kuda Majo first indicating a foul and later giving the goal after consultations with his assistant, Hwange players and match officials were livid charging at the lineswoman with security details rushing on to protect her while Magusha supporters scaled the fence to defend her as she retreated towards them.

The match was forced into a five-minute break with Hwange players mad at the officials.

Hwange gaffer Mebelo Njekwa was furious at the match officials whom he accused of destroying the game.

“This is the same reason there was violence in Bulawayo…from the onset their decisions were dubious…they are killing the game,” Njekwa fumed before apologising for using strong language.

His nemesis Taku Shariwa was however, elated with the result.

“In terms of the result we really needed the win to appease our fans. We showed character. We were likely to lose butcame back to win it,” Shariwa said.

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