Byo City stun How Mine

BULAWAYO - Ten-man Bulawayo City boosted their chances of survival in the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League after beating neighbours How Mine yesterday.

City needed nothing short of a victory against Chikurupati to enhance chances of extending their dance in the premier league.

City coach Mandla ‘‘Lulu’’ Mpofu was impressed by his team’s fighting spirit.

“I will take the positives out of this game. We came into the match under a bit of pressure after failing to win our last three matches.

“I am happy with the hard work and the fighting spirit which my boys displayed in the first half, getting two goals in less than 20 minutes,” Mpofu said.

His opposite number Kelvin Kaindu thought they lost because of their own mistakes.

“Not good for us, I think we made so many changes and allowed the other guys that have not been playing to play. We had a casual approach in the first half and we gave them opportunities. They capitalised from our own mistakes.

“We came back and played well in the second half, unfortunately we couldn’t score the equaliser,” Kaindu said.

City broke the deadlock eight minutes into the match through Newman Sianchali who took advantage of How Mine defensive blunder.

Although his first effort with a left footer was saved by Diya, he managed to score with a header from the rebound.

City added their second goal seven minutes later through a penalty by Ishmael Wadi who was brought down in the penalty box by defender Praise Tonha. Referee of the day Philan Ncube pointed to the penalty spot and Wadi sent Diya the wrong way from nine yards.

In the second half, How Mine started to play some purposeful football in search of goals and they managed to score a face saver six minutes before full time through Marvelous Mukumba.

City played the last 20 minutes with 10 men after defender Zephania Ngodzo was red-carded for a crude tackle on How Mine striker Godfrey Nguwodzawo. Meanwhile, relegated Bantu Rovers pulled a stunner as they beat Zpc Kariba 2-0 in an early kick off played at the same venue.

Bantu scored through MacCarthy Dube 80 minutes into the match and Nigel Papias scored the second one five minutes later to give the Methembe Ndlovu-coached outfit the full set of points.

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