Shabanie Mine (0) 1
Hwange (1) 1
Shabanie Mine and Hwange shared the spoils in a Premiership match played at Maglas Stadium yesterday.
Fans were reminded of the World Cup match pitting the United States and England in which Robert Green the England goalkeeper had a problem with the Jabulani ball.
Shabanie goalkeeper Roy Mazingi yesterday saw the Jabulani ball going through his legs. Hwange won a free kick outside the box on the half hour and Ocean Mpofu sent a grounder that found its way through the goalkeeper’s legs as he tried to pick it up. Shabanie equalised from the penalty spot five minutes from time through Elasto Bakacheza.
Shabanie though could have scored at least three goals in the first half when they forced seven corner kicks.
Caleb Masocha weaved his way past Andrew Chuma, drew out Hwange goalkeeper Timothy Sibanda and instead of shooting at goal he chose to dribble past the goalkeeper allowing the Hwange defence to recover and clear the danger.
Bakacheza then had the miss of the day. Tarisai Rukanda who was a menace to the Hwange defence shook his marker and squared the ball for Bakacheza who blasted the ball over the bar in the 45th minute when it looked easier to score than to miss.
Super substitute Farai Mususunye could have scored his first goal of the season in the 69th minute when he was fed in the box but he blasted his effort wide with Hwange goalkeeper Sibanda at his mercy.
Mususunye cursed his gods when his point blank header was partially saved by Sibanda before the alert Hwange defence cleared.
Bakacheza then equalised from the penalty spot after the first assistant referee Cosmas Gombwe had his flag up signalling that Tarisai Rukanda had been brought down in the 85th minute. He sent Sibanda the wrong way from the resultant spot kick.
After the goal, Mpofu turned from hero to villain when he was shown the red card for dissent, becoming the second player to be sent for an early shower in the match after Rodwell Chinyengetere.
After the match, Hwange coach Tennant Chilumba blasted the match officiating.
“I am disappointed. We had won the match but the officials decided the outcome of the game.
“It is just the same thing when we play away.”
His counterpart John Phiri heaped praise on the Hwange goal minder. “Sibanda denied us goals. He was very brilliant but it however the norm when mine teams play each other,” he said.