How Mine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (0) 1
Chapungu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (0) 1
BY FORTUNE MBELE
SUBSTITUTE Kudakwashe Musharu (pictured) grabbed a late equaliser for How Mine as they shared the spoils with visiting Chapungu in a dull league encounter at Luveve Stadium yesterday.
With the point, the gold miners rose one step up the ladder to position six with 28 points but coach Kelvin Kaindu was not happy with the result, saying it was two points dropped.
Chapungu had gone ahead on the half hour mark through a penalty by Hillary Mugoniwa who sent goalkeeper Donovan Bernard the wrong way after veteran Phillip Marufu had been brought down inside the box.
Musharu then capitalised on a rebound from Mazingi from a Tinashe Makanda effort to pull one back for How Mine a minute before the final whistle but Kaindu was still disappointed getting only a point at home.
“We have dropped two vital points that we wanted. It’s a disadvantage for us to come out with a point. We were on top of the game but we conceded a penalty. Dropping two points at home is not good,” Kaindu said.
Heritein Masuku could have put How Mine in the lead as early as the second minute, but his weak shot did not trouble Mazingi.
Left-back Qadir Amini had his curling free-kick brilliantly punched away for a corner kick by the shot stopper. Musharu was cautioned by referee Philani Ncube after he used his hand to score in the 78th minute from an Amini corner kick.
The referee initially allowed the goal to stand, but reversed his decision after realising that his alert assistant referee Faith Mloyi had her flag up.
Chapungu coach John Nyikadzino was happy to leave Luveve with a point. “We played well and a point away from home is good. We conceded a late goal due to lapse of concentration. We wanted a win because we are not comfortable with our position on the log,” Nyikadzino said.
Chapungu are now on 24 points in 20 matches.
How Mine: D Bernard, P Tonha, Q Amini, K Chideu, T Kumbuyani (T Ranthokoane, 66), M Sakala, T Banda (T January, 52), M Ncube, T Makanda, H Masuku (K Musharu, 52), P Manhanga
Chapungu: R Mazingi, J Mabugu, H Mugoniwa, B Mbavarira, B Zabula, C Kwaramba, A Peperere, C Kapupurika (A Tavarwisa, 76), B Sibanda (T, Mombeshora 34) X Ncube (G Phiri, 74) P Marufu