How Mine . (1) 1
Dynamos . . . 0
Premiership new boys How Mine turned the heat on defending champions Dynamos when they handed them their second defeat of the season in a Castle Lager Premiership match at Luveve yesterday.
Report by Fortune Mbele
Fringe Warriors striker Simbarashe Sithole scored his sixth goal of the season in the 20th minute to give the gold miners the important three points they needed to stay in top flight football in front of the biggest crowd to grace Luveve this year.
However, part of the multitude of the Dynamos fans turned rowdy in the dying minutes of the game throwing missiles at the How Mine bench. Play had to be stopped briefly and police details had to intervene to stop the pandemonium.
Some of the fans threw missiles at How Mine goalkeeper Notice Dube.
It was How Mine’s first win after beating other league giants Highlanders with the same score line in May at Barbourfields Stadium.
How Mine lost 3-0 to Dynamos a fortnight ago.
They have now amassed 24 points and denied Dynamos a chance to go atop the log standings with Harare City claiming the top spot on 31 points after beating Hwange 2-1 at Rufaro Stadium yesterday.
How Mine coach Philani Mabhena was ecstatic at being the giant killer and picking up the three points.
“It is an important victory and an important three points for us. It is a special one for the Bulawayo fans and we now need 12 points to survive relegation. We played Dynamos two weeks ago and knew their strengths and weaknesses. We organised ourselves well in midfield and defence,” Mabhena said.
DeMbare coach Kalisto Pasuwa refused to speak to journalists and only said: “Write what you saw. I have no comment.”
Man of the match for How Mine Timothy January troubled Dynamos right back Morris Kadzola on his flank and set up Sithole, who pushed the ball once and let loose a thunderbolt from inside the box which left the Glamour Boys goalkeeper George Chigova, watching 20 minutes into the game. How Mine held on to that goal to the end.
Two minutes before that goal, January had also taken advantage of Kadzola escapades upfront and intelligently sent in another cross which eluded Chigova but Arnold Ndiweni miscued inside the box.
A chance for Dynamos came in the 29th minute when Russell Madamombe was brought down at the edge of the box and Devon Chafa wasted his effort.
As Dynamos began to mount pressure on How Mine, Washington Phakamisa’s shot 10 minutes later was safely collected by an alert Dube and Kadzola, trying to make amends headed wide in the 42nd minute from a Tawanda Muparati corner kick.