BULAWAYO - How Mine dispatched Hwange in a Castle Lager Premiership match played here yesterday to keep pressure on the leading pack.
Kuda Musharu opened the scores 11 minutes into the match for the home side with a shot from an indirect free kick inside the Hwange box.
A Hwange defender miscued his clearance and the ball went straight to goalkeeper Timothy Sibanda.
Referee Allan Bhasvi and his assistant Tioni Kacheche concurred it was a back pass despite the protests from the visitors.
Hwange then equalised in the 24th minute through their striker Newman Sianchali. Evans Rusike received a pass on the right side of attack before beating two How Mine defenders and racing into the penalty box.
He picked Sianchali with a perfectly-weighted pass and the Zambian beat the hosts’ goalkeeper Munyaradzi Diya from close range.
Nine minutes after resumption Sibanda made a school-boy blunder that cost his team dearly.
How Mine’s Wonder Sithole sent in a seemingly harmless cross from the right but Sibanda could not handle the ball cleanly.
An alert How Mine striker Limited Chikafa capitalised on Sibanda’s fumble to score the winner for How Mine.
Thereafter it was Hwange all over but they missed glorious chances that came their way. With a bit of luck and composure they could have scored at least two goals.
After the match, Nation Dube the Hwange coach said: “It was a good game. We were on top throughout the match. Am not happy with the decision of the referee on our first goal.
“As for the second goal it was a gift from our keeper. We had a lot of chances but we failed to utilise them. We will win one day.”
His opposite number Luke Masomere was happy with the result.
“Am happy we managed to collect maximum points. Hwange played better, they were all over us in all the departments but we were lucky to win the game. I am happy with the result but I am not happy with the way we played.”
Meanwhile, Tsholotsho and Flame Lilly shared the spoils in a Castle Lager Premiership match at White City Stadium.
Flame Lilly were the first to score 53 minutes into the match through Virimai Makudo and Tsholotho equalised three minutes later through Lynoth Chikuwa.