Sha­banie Mine’s bub­ble burst

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport -

SHA­BANIE Mine’s six­match win­ning streak was halted by Ivan Hoe, who in­flicted a 0-1 de­feat on the Cen­tral Soc­cer League ti­tle con­tenders at Amaveni Sta­dium in Kwekwe at the week­end.

Chrispen Mbewe struck the all-im­por­tant goal in the 80th minute to bag three points for the home team af­ter Sha­banie Mine failed to clear their lines.

The loss saw the as­bestos min­ers re­lin­quish­ing top spot to Blan­ket Mine, who ben­e­fited with a 1–0 win over Vum­bachikwe in a Gwanda derby.

Blan­ket Mine and Sha­banie Mine are tied on 47 points, but the gold min­ers have a bet­ter goal dif­fer­ence.

Ivan Hoe’s win also saw them re­duc­ing the gap be­tween them and Blan­ket Mine to six points with eight rounds of matches to go.

Ivan Hoe also have a game in hand against ZRP Beit­bridge, who were read­mit­ted into the league last week.

Isaac Nyab­vure, the Ivan Hoe coach, boldly de­clared that his charges were now in the run­ning for the cham­pi­onship af­ter beat­ing Sha­banie Mine.

“This was a re­venge mis­sion and I am happy with the win be­cause we are now within strik­ing dis­tance of the chas­ing pack.

“We have a game in hand and at this stage any­thing can hap­pen, but we have now set our sights on the cham­pi­onship,” said Nyab­vure.

His Sha­banie Mine coun­ter­part Tendai Chikuni con­ceded de­feat, but ac­cused Ivan Hoe of us­ing dirty tac­tics to win.

“We played well in the first half, but in the sec­ond half they slowed the rhythm of the game by avail­ing only one match ball, which was part of their de­lay­ing tac­tics.

“It took two min­utes for the game to restart from throw-ins, as the fans ran away with match balls and this is not good for foot­ball,” Chikuni said.

Else­where, ZRP Beit­bridge are still to put their house in or­der af­ter mak­ing a no-show for their sched­uled fix­ture against MSU.

MSU were awarded three points on a 3–0 score line.

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