Shabanie. . . .. . (1) 2
Black Mambas . . . 0
SHABANIE Mine overturned Black Mambas dominance with a more clinical perfomance to dispatch the police side 2-0 in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at Maglas Stadium yesterday.
A Pevington Zimunya penalty in the 30th minute and an own goal by Back Mambas defender Paul Marazanye was all the home needed to take their points tally 21 points and swap places with Mambas on the log standings.
Shabanie Mine coach Luke Masomere was happy with his team’s victory and praised his players for putting aside the club’s numerous troubles and eke out a positive result.
“It’s a sweet victory indeed regardless of the numerous troubles we are facing. Credit should go to the players who I must commend for rising above the challenges and record a positive result,” he said.
Shabanie Mine started brightly, dominating possession in the first with Tarisai Rukanda and Caleb Masocha asking questions in the Mambas rearguard.
After Tafadzwa Mombeshora’s 22nd minute goal was ruled offside by referee Thomas Mafa, the home side’s dominance was rewarded in the 30th minute courtesy of a penalty by Zimunya after Erea Phiri was brought down in the box by Proud Khumalo.
Masomere was forced to pull out Zimunya at halftime due to injury and replaced him with former Masvingo United striker Roland Makiwa.
Mambas also made changes at halftime bringing in Kasimero Chimbadzwa for Proud Khumalo.
However, it was Masomere’s change which yielded the results as Makiwa instant impact in the 47th, minute when he charged down the left flank before sending in a low cross which Marazanye turned into his own net in an attempt to clear.