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BUFFALOES teenager Farai Banda scored his fourth goal of the season as the hosts edged Harare City in a Premiership match at Sakubva Stadium yesterday.
The youngster, who is fast becoming one of the country’s dead-ball specialists, has so far scored in the army side’s three consecutive wins. He was on target from a free-kick against Caps United in a match they won by the solitary strike last week.
A week before that he scored a brace against Hwange in a match they won 4-2.
In yesterday’s match, City were the better side in the first half, but felt hard done by referee Robert Mugorosa who disallowed Osborne Mukuradare’s goal in the sixth minute adjudging that the striker was an offside.
In the 23rd minute, Martin Vengesai did well on the left flank dribbling past a cluster of defenders to send an inviting cross to Mukuradare, who, however, failed to score with only Buffaloes goalie Chengetai Tandadzayi to beat.
The army side had their first shot on target from Jacob Muzokomba in the 36th minute, but Warriors goalminder Maxwell Nyamupangedengu did well to save the shot. Steven Sibanda’s firm header was cleared off the line by City’s Mukuradare in the 56th minute before Muzokomba’s header was again cleared off the line by Witness Nyamutsaka.
Buffaloes were awarded a penalty in the 72nd minute by Mugorosa after City defender Crispen Dickson brought down Muzokomba leaving Banda to coolly slot past Nyamupangedengu.
City coach Bigboy Mawiwi was furious over the referee’s decision.
“I wasn’t amused with the refereeing and I am not happy at all. We scored a clear goal, but it was disallowed. Last year we scored four goals here that were disallowed and this is continuing to happen.
The penalty was clear and I blame my player for the mistake,” he said.