Sha­banie Mine edge Ton­gog­ara

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport Starts Here - Love­more Zi­gara Mid­lands Cor­re­spon­dent

SHA­BANIE Mine reg­is­tered their first win over Ton­gog­ara in two sea­sons, beat­ing the army side 2-1 in a Zifa Cen­tral Soccer League (CSL) match played at Ma­glas Sta­dium at the week­end.

The as­bestos min­ers had to come from a goal down to beat Ton­gog­ara in a match watched by a near ca­pac­ity crowd, one of the high­est ever at­tended games this sea­son.

Ton­gog­ara had shot ahead through a 36th minute headed goal by Courage Muzira off a cor­ner kick be­fore the Chinda Boys re­stored par­ity through Erea Phiri a minute be­fore the breather.

For­mer Tsholot­sho FC player Ricky Bota en­sured that the as­bestos min­ers col­lected max­i­mum points in the 76th minute when he headed in a set piece after a Sha­banie player had been fouled just out­side the box.

The win means that the two clubs are now tied on 32 points but Ton­gog­ara oc­cupy sec­ond spot be­cause of a su­pe­rior goal dif­fer­ence. The re­sult yes­ter­day also meant that log lead­ers Blan­ket Mine opened a four­point lead at the sum­mit of the log stand­ings after clob­ber­ing Kwekwe Sables 3-0 at home.

Sha­banie Mine coach Tendai Chikuni was elated over the win and sin­gled out young striker Ter­rence Ruk­weza, a Chemhanza High School pro­tégé who was a thorn in the flesh for the vis­i­tors’ rear­guard.

“I’m happy with the char­ac­ter of my boys es­pe­cially after con­ced­ing first as they never gave up. I’m happy with the per­for­mance of Ter­rence Ruk­weza as he gave us a lot of di­men­sion go­ing for­ward and he is one player for the fu­ture.

“We now need to main­tain con­sis­tency and for­get how other teams play. I also want to thank our sup­port­ers be­cause they have been ral­ly­ing be­hind the team even in away matches,” said Chikuni.

Ton­gog­ara’s coach Ig­natius Kap­i­tapita said his charges were un­lucky to have lost the game.

“It was a good game where both teams dis­played good football. It’s only that the lucky team won be­cause they had their chances and we also had our own fair share. We had more pos­i­tives than neg­a­tives in this game” Kap­i­tapita.

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