Shabanie Mine …………………..(0)1
FC Victoria ………………………..(0)0
FC Victoria’s hopes of a dance in the top flight was yesterday shattered by the asbestos miners in a Premiership match at Maglas Stadium.
From 25 matches, the Masvingo side has 17 points and together with Bantu Rovers, they would be confirmed as Division One teams if they lose their next matches.
Michael Mageja was the hero when he scored from a Tafadzwa Mashayamombe defence splitting pass that left Edmore Mawine the former Shabanie Mine defender for dead. He drew out goalkeeper David Madziwana before slotting the ball beyond his reach after 70 minutes.
The Masvingo outfit arrived late forcing the match to start 45 minutes late were in control and could have eased their relegation worries in the 32nd minute.
Their deadly striker Patrick Chagara caught the Shabanie defence at sixes and sevens in the box and released a shot that was easily dealt with by the asbestos keeper Roy Mazingi.
Although it was a good effort it was the only moment fans enjoyed as the performance by both teams was a big yawn.
FC Victoria’s best chance came in the 55th minute when Chasten Ngondongwa saw his thunderous shot after an Edmore Mawine corner kick cleared off the line by defender Fetrigo Santiago with Mazingi at the wrong side of the action.
Chagara then denied his side a share of the spoils when he directed a Lameck Nhamo pass wide in the 90th minute.
It was a chance that could have seen the Masvingo outfit survive but with the state of affairs in their camp it could have been their last Premiership match at Maglas.
Saul Chaminuka, FC Victoria coach was bitter after the match.
Shabanie: R Mazingi, F Santiago, B Dimanji, S Shoko, C Masocha, P Mudena (J Chizororo 50), A Nyoni (J Chitereki 85), M Mageja, S Muchabayiwa, W Ngonya (T Rukanda 74), T Mombeshora
FC Victoria: D Madziwana, E Mawine, T Muzuze, S Sheshe, P Makuvise, J Chekecheke (K Kwashi 70), A Rupanga(L Nhamo 65),T Zvandasara, C Ngondongwa, W Mkanga, P Chagara