Black Rhinos . . . 0 (1)
Hwange . . . 0 (1)
By Our Staff
Army side Black Rhinos remained stuck in the murky waters of relegation after failing to register a win at home against Hwange as the two teams settled for a 1-1 all draw at Rimuka yesterday.
Rhinos, ranked 14th on the log, were in desperate need for points going into the match to entertain chances of avoiding the dreaded chop with only four matches left in the season.
After a largely disappointing first half dominated by the visiting coal miners, substitute Lincoln Saramaya gave the hosts a 61st minute lead as he controlled well a James Mkombwe cross, his half volley on the turn found the roof of Takabva Mawaya’s near post.
Saramaya seemed to have spurred Rhinos, who began dictating the pace of the game, and almost added a second, but failed to make contact with Brian Muzondiwa’s low cross a few minutes later.
Nation Dube’s charges who are in the race for a top four finish which comes with Mbada Diamonds Cup qualification bonus left it late to reply, the combination of Gilbert Zulu and Rodwell Chinyengetere who had an excellent afternoon paying off in the 80th minute.
Left-back Evans Rusike embarked one of his trademark overlaps and picked out Zulu on the edge of the Rhinos box, he controlled the ball well and laid it on for Chinyengetere who connected under challenge, his effort sneaking under the body of a sprawling Herbert Rusawo in goals for the army side.
It was a sucker punch on the army side who were on course to record their first victory since a 1 – 0 home triumph over Harare City on September 3.
Rhinos had a last minute penalty appeal turned away by referee of the day Ruzive Ruzive when Hwange defender Gerald Ndhlovu appeared to have handled a David Boriwondo clearance in the box.