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A spirited second half show by Buffaloes and three minutes of defending madness by Shabanie Mine yesterday was all the Mutare army side needed to collect their first set of points at Maglas since they gained promotion into the Castle Lager Premiership in 2012.

Buffaloes had never beaten Shabanie before. The soldiers got their goals from Roy Mwenga in the 72nd minute and defender Prosper Matizanadzo two minutes later. Yet it was Shabanie who had found the early breaththrough when Daniel Chakupe struck in the 32nd minute. Former Monomotapa midfielder Zvikomborero Biseki needlessly flicked the ball back to his defence and Buffaloes captain Jacob Muzokomba intercepted the ball and sent it through to Mwenga who was all alone with no Shabanie man in sight to track him.

The pass forced goalkeeper London Zulu to come out from his line and Mwenga cleverly lobbed the ball into the nets. As if it was not enough two minutes after the goal the hosts conceded a corner. Phillip Thembani swung the ball past a badly organised Shabanie defence to the right was it was met with a firm header by the unmarked Mutizanadzo to silence the drum-beating Shabanie Mine fans.

Buffaloes dedicated the win to their former Shabanie midfielder Tafadzwa Mombeshora who was making his visit to the mine since his move to Mutare early this year. Mombeshora also celebrated his birthday on the eve of yesterday’s match.

“I feel so happy to have collected maximum points from Maglas after two seasons of trying. We were playing according to instructions from the Doctor of football Luke Masomere. It was a great victory and we dedicate the victory to Tafadzwa Mombeshora who celebrated his birthday on Saturday” said Timothy Masocha the Buffaloes assistant coach

Masomere was not present as he is attending a Caf A Licence coaching course in the capital

Shabanie’s technical bench seem to have got their cards wrong when they substituted exciting midfielder Marvellous Dikinya who played a blinder. The former Milton High School student gave the experienced Buffaloes midfield a torrid time each time he was in possession but he was surprisingly pulled out in the 63rd minute. Biseki could have been a better option as he even squandered a scoring opportunity after Buffaloes had taken the lead. The substitution of Dikinya was the turning point as the visitors took control of the proceedings and scored the equalizer before notching the winner two minutes later. “I felt Dikinya was tired. It was not our day as poor marking and loss of concentration cost us,” said a dejected John Phiri. Shabanie Mine players still need to learn to play to the whistle. In just four minutes they nearly conceded a goal after Murwira was caught on the wrong end of an ill-conceived offside trap.

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Shabanie: L Zulu,G Murwira,W Ngonya,Z Makonese,.S Muchabayiwa, D Sibanda, M Dikinya (A Tavarwisa 63rd minute), Z Biseki, E Tsoro (X Ncube 63rd minute),A Mukwenya.

Buffaloes: B Mwandimutsira, S Nkata, M Gutu, P Matizanadzo, P Chandisaita, M Nyamukusa (J Takunda 73rd minute),T Mombeshora,J Muzokomba,R Mwenga (E Dzumbunu 73rd minute), P Thembani

Source : The Herald