BLACK RHINOS . . . .(2) 2
SHABANIE MINE . . . . . . 0
INNOCENT Nyoni struck twice in the first half to help Black Mambas bounce back to winning ways and dispatch Shabanie Mine in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at Morris Depot yesterday.
Starting the afternoon on the backdrop of a two-game losing streak, Mambas collected maximum points to rise two places up to settle on ninth spot with 19 points. Nyoni grabbed the opener on the 35th minute before completing his brace on the stroke of halftime.
Mambas assistant coach Martin Bonongwe felt they won the match in the midfield.
“We have a target of reaching 20 points by the season’s halfway mark so this win put us on course to attain that. We welcome this victory especially considering that we are coming from two defeats and all credit goes to our midfield where we were in charge,” Bonongwe said.
Shabanie Mine coach Luke Masomere said: “It was just not our day, but I am not bitter about the defeat. We could have leveled the game in the second half where we came back a little bit organised. We had gone for three games without losing, but we will try to recover from this slump.”
Nyoni headed in at close range a Tsepo Ranthokoane cross from the right to give Mambas their opener.
He again headed in the second after a goal-mouth melee just seconds after Paidamoyo Madziro’s free kick had hit the upright post.
The second half saw Shabanie making no meaningful raids until towards the end of the match where they tried in vain to come back.