How Mine… (1) 2
Harare City.(1) 1
HOW MINE coach Kelvin Kaindu was left seething in anger over a decision made by the referee Hardley Ndazi despite guiding his side to a narrow victory over Harare City at Luveve Stadium yesterday.
BY FORTUNE MBELE
The gold miners finished the game with 10 men after substitute Marvelous Mukumba was sent off in the 82nd minute for a second bookable offence, a decision which did not go down well with Kaindu.
It’s the second time that Mukumba has been sent off in less than a month.
“I’m a bit disappointed with some of the decisions which were against us. We will put an official letter of complaint with the PSL. I thought on the second yellow card the challenge was 50-50 and this is not the first time,” Kaindu said after the match.
How Mine went ahead as early as the 11th minute through a penalty converted by goalkeeper Munyaradzi Diya after Takudzwa Chimwemwe had handled inside the penalty box.
Harare City equalised seven minutes before halftime with a well-executed Martin Vengesai shot inside the box after he was set up by James Jam.
The miners collected three points from a better Harare City side thanks to numerous brilliant saves by Diya as well as the visitors’ wastefulness in front of goal.
Kaindu was full of praise for Diya as his side went on 28 points after the win.
“He has gained back his confidence since he replaced Donovan Bernard. He has helped us a lot and also managed to score. He made brilliant saves that could have changed the outcome,” Kaindu said.
Harare City coach Philani Ncube felt they were supposed to collect three points from that match but they failed to defend well the goals his side conceded.
“We failed to defend and chances were high that we were bound to be punished. These were supposed to be three points for us. We were better in creating chances. Maybe we don’t have good finishers and definitely we have to improve on that,” Ncube said.
Harare City remains on 18 points after the defeat.
Earlier in the day, veteran striker Mkhokheli Dube featured as a Bulawayo City player for the last time as they played a goalless draw with Bantu Rovers in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at Luveve Stadium.
Dube (34) joins FC Platinum which also brought in another veteran striker Takesure Chinyama last week.
He joins FC Platinum in a swap deal with Bulawayo City bringing on board Ishmael Wadi from the Zvishavane-based side.
Bulawayo City FC CEO Mackenzie Moyo yesterday confirmed Dube’s move to FC Platinum.
“He played his last game today [yesterday] and is going to join FC Platinum in a swap deal with Ishmael Wadi. We wish Dube the best in his future endeavours.
We are very grateful to him for the positive contribution that he made to the club as an experienced player from our formative years,” Moyo said.
Dube came in as substitute and played the last 12 minutes for Bulawayo City in the game that did not produce any goals.
Bulawayo City had two chances in the second half with new-signing Newman Sianchali denied by goalkeeper Notice Dube in the 70th minute and Sipho Ndlovu who was unlucky to see his effort cannon off the cross-bar in the 38th minute.
Bulawayo are now on 18 points after the draw with struggling Bantu Rovers moving to nine points after recording their third draw in 17 games having won twice, losing nine times.