IT ALL finally came together for Hwange, albeit against lowly Tripple B, as they finally collected maximum points in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match played at the Colliery Stadium yesterday.
Report by Mamery Ngwenya
Hwange . . . . . . (2) 3
Tripple B . . . . . (1)1
Nkosana Siwela (11th min), Tafara Chese (45 mins) and a penalty converted by Gerald Ndlovu in the 70th minute ensured maximum points for the coalminers.
Tripple B scored what was to be their facesaver through Alick Marime in the ninth minute before Hwange started the fight-back.
After only one win in nine matches, coach Nation Dube was under immense pressure to produce a win — at least at home.
And the three points ensured Hwange moved from 15th to 12th place and away from the relegation zone, while handing bottom-placed Tripple B their eighth defeat of the season. Hwange assistant gaffer Brian Njovu said he was very happy with the win.
“I am pleased with the win. I hope we pick up from here going into the next matches,” Njovu said.
Tripple B coach Friday Phiri, who watched the match from the stands, admitted that his team played badly because of the industrial action due to non-payment of salaries.
The match was delayed for 25 minutes as the PSL implemented the new rules and regulations that team officials should be registered with the league and have fulfilled their dues and the Tripple B officials were caught up, leaving substitute goalkeeper Gilbert Chiswandaza as “head coach”.
Marime broke through the hosts’ defence in the ninth minute before unleashing a powerful shot to give the visitors a stunning lead.
But Hwange were back in the thick of things two minutes later when Siwela drew them level from the edge of the box.
Chese doubled the hosts’ lead when he converted a superb pass to ease the Hwange troubles.
Then Ndlovu made it safe from the penalty spot — a major relief for Dube and his technical team.