Hwange leave Lu­veve bruised, empty-handed

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Fun­gai Mud­erere Sports Reporter

How Mine 2-0 Hwange HOW Mine handed vis­it­ing Hwange a 2-0 bat­ter­ing to en­sure the coalmin­ers left empty-handed in yes­ter­day’s Cas­tle Lager Premier Soc­cer League match at Lu­veve Sta­dium.

The coalmin­ers beat the gold min­ers by an iden­ti­cal score­line in the re­verse leg played at the Col­liery Sta­dium dur­ing the first half of the sea­son.

How Mine scored through the en­er­getic Toto Banda in the 54th minute and tow­er­ing sub­sti­tute God­frey Ngu­wodzawo in the 80th minute to take their points tally to 31.

They are one point be­hind ninth-placed Harare City, who suc­cumbed to a 0-1 de­feat to High­landers in the cap­i­tal yes­ter­day.

En­ter­pris­ing for­mer Absa Pre­mier­ship side Ajax Cape Town util­ity player Mil­ton Ncube made a clever chip into the Hwange box and the ball was flicked into Banda’s path for a tap-in.

Kelvin Kaindu’s men be­gan to pile pres­sure on the coalmin­ers in search of a sec­ond goal. In the 61st minute, Kaindu made a dou­ble change, in­tro­duc­ing young Adolf Mu­ganyi and Ngu­wodzawo for Ti­mothy Jan­uary and the in­ef­fec­tive Makanda.

Ngu­wodzawo then made it two for the hosts by beat­ing the un­her­alded Tai­mon Mvula in goal for Chipangano.

The first half had noth­ing to write home about as the two sides closed the game up hop­ing to catch each other on the break.

Hwange’s Gift Mb­weti had some mo­ments of bril­liance that caused anx­ious mo­ments for the How Mine rear­guard.

De­spite his ball artistry and wizardry, Mb­weti, who is the league’s lead­ing scorer with eight goals, was let down by the vet­eran strik­ing duo of Gil­bert Zulu and Pritchard Mpelele.

In his post-match re­marks, Kaindu said: “It is good that we man­aged to get max­i­mum points against Hwange. I’m happy that we fi­nally man­aged to score goals at Lu­veve Sta­dium’s south­ern goal. It had been long since we did that. The race is get­ting hot­ter and if you get points, you climb up the lad­der.”

His op­po­site num­ber Ma­belo Njekwa reckoned they didn’t come to the party.

“Our mark­ing was very loose, we were very hes­i­tant at the back. We were let­ting the op­po­nents en­joy, turn and play the ball. We hope to re­cover as we brace to face Bor­der Strik­ers at home. Ac­tu­ally, I must say Kaindu and his team are in form,” said Njekwa. Fun­gaiMud­erere

Kelvin Kaindu

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