Buffaloes, How Mine share spoils

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Buffaloes failed to utilise home advantage and were held by How Mine in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at Sakubva Stadium yesterday.

BY KENNETH NYANGANI

The match started at a slow pace with both sides sizing each other. The first real chance of the match came in the 14th minute for the Premiership debutants How Mine, but Menard Mupera failed to connect the ball after receiving a pin-point cross from Sizalobuhle Dube.

Five minutes later the Bulawayo side’s midfielder Ocean Mpofu’s full bloodied free-kick outside the box missed the target by a few inches with the army side goalkeeper Blessing Mwandimutsira a beaten man.

Former How Mine player Steven Sibanda haunted his former paymasters in the 22nd minute with a well-placed shot to beat Ephraim Mazarura in goals for the visitors.

Jacob Muzokomba deserved some credit for the goal after he bulldozed his way past a cluster of markers on the right flank before passing the ball to the unmarked Wonder Sithole who passed the ball to Sibanda.

The visitors equalised in the 35th minute through veteran player Mupera with a stinging low shot after he was set up by Dube in the box.

After the breather, both teams created few scoring opportunities in the 50th minute, Warriors player Simba Sithole did well on the left flank after beating Buffaloes defender Simbarashe Nyauzema before crossing the ball to Sizalobuhle Dube who headed the ball wide.

Mazarura had a full glove to the ball, tipping over the bar a well struck shot from Wonder Sithole in the 64th match.

The home side tried to penetrate the How Mine rearguard led by Gilbert Banda and Herbet Dick in vain.