BUFFALOES . . . . . (1) 2
CHAPUNGU. . . . . . . . 0
BUFFALOES finally came right after a five-match dry spell as they won the battle of the army sides against Chapungu in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match played at Sakubva Stadium yesterday.
Chapungu finished the game with 10 men after Farai Manase was given his marching orders in the 57th minute.
It was Buffaloes who looked hungry for goals from the beginning and their efforts were rewarded in added time of the first half after Tafadzwa Mombeshora tapped in a rebound before Jacob Muzokomba headed home Lloyd Katongomara’s cross to beat Chapungu’s goalminder Roy Mazingi two minutes from the end.
Buffaloes coach Luke Masomere said the win was a dedication to 3 Brigade army commander Brigadier-General Eliah Bandama, who is unwell.
“I am really happy with the way we played today,” he said. “It was a win for our commander (Bandama) who is not feeling well and we agreed with the players that we will play for him. It was about him so that he may be well soon.
“It was also a result of one of the tricks as I opened my bag of tricks today (yesterday). I hope it will continue until the end of the season,” he said.
Chapungu gaffer John Nyikadzino said it was no easy to fight back with one player short.
As the first half seemed to be headed for an end without goals, Mombeshora tapped home a rebound at close range.
Buffaloes started the second half fired up and the well positioned Admire Dzumbunu could have easily scored a second for his team, but his shot in the 46th minute lacked power and was smothered by Mazingi.
Katongomara came close to finding the second goal for Buffaloes in the 85th minute after he managed to beat Chapungu goalkeeper only to watch in disbelief as his effort was cleared by defender Collen Kwaramba from the line. They were finally rewarded in the 88th minute after captain Muzokomba headed home Katongomara’s cross from the right.