How Mine…(0) 1
WINLESS Tsholotsho wasted another perfect opportunity of registering their first win of the season after allowing How Mine to score a late equaliser in an entertaining Castle Lager Premier Soccer League clash at Dulivhadzimu Stadium yesterday.
BY SPORTS CORRESPONDENT
Having failed to win a match in their first 18 matches of the campaign, Tsholotsho looked on course to cause a major upset against high-flying How Mine after Marlon Mushonga beat Munyaradzi Diya with a low shot from an acute angle in the 51st minute.
The home side, however, allowed How Mine to claw back into the game and the visitors equalised through substitute Nqobile Ndlovu after 71 minutes.
Tsholotsho, however, still had opportunities to take the lead, with Nqobile Mpala squandering a gilt-edged chance from close range, with Diya exposed.
The hosts were almost made to pay for the missed opportunity, but How Mine strikers Kuda Musharu, Milton Ncube and Nqobile Ndlovu all failed to hit the target in a last minute goalmouth melee.
A nasty clash involving Tsholotsho’s Lucky Nyathi and How Mine’s Kudzai Chidewu towards the end of the match spoilt what was otherwise an entertaining match. Chidewu was stretchered off field and was taken to Beitbridge Hospital with a jaw injury.
How Mine coach Kelvin Kaindu was not happy with the match officiating and the decision by the referee Jimmy Makwenda to allow play to carry on despite the head injuries to Nyathi and Chedewu.
“That is not how head injuries are handled. The match should have been stopped until he left for hospital,” Kaindu said.
“Also, one of my players was shown a yellow card in the first five minutes when he tried to tell the referee that the ball had no pressure. This affected the player.”
Tsholotsho coach Darlington Dodo felt the referee should have awarded his team a penalty when defender Praise Tonha miskicked and handled the ball in the box in the 62nd minute.
However, he said he was happy with his team’s overall perfomance.
“Disappointed with the result, but we are getting there. We managed to frustrate them and we did not play their game,” said Dodo.