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HOW Mine are the new leaders in the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League championship race after they powered to victory over CAPS United at Luveve yesterday.

The miners extended their unbeaten run to six matches, with five wins in a row, after their opening back-to-back defeats.

Wonder Sithole thrust How Mine into the lead in the sixth minute after CAPS defender Asani Nhongo was caught napping by Edmore Muzanenhamo, on the left flank, who found Sithole to slot home.

Green Machine captain Tendai Samanja had a chance to level matters in the 29th minute after Xolisani Moyo handled inside the box and referee Bonamali Bwanali pointed to the spot.

Samanja’s poorly taken shot was saved by How Mine goalkeeper Ephraim Mazarura.

In a dull first half, Chikurupati almost grabbed the second goal just before the break but Moyo’s header was saved by ‘keeper Jorum Muchambo.

The visitors introduced Tinashe Mukanhairi in the 46th minute and nine minutes later, the How Mine physiotherapist was expelled from the bench for arguing with fourth official Hadley Ndazi. Free-scoring Kuda Musharu extended How Mine’s lead in 64th minute with a free header from a James Chitereki free-kick.

Masharu now leads the goal scoring charts with seven goals and his good form has been instrumental for Philani “Beefy” Ncube’s boys.

Second half substitute Fungai Chirinda, had a chance to grab a third goal for the hosts in the 85th minute from a quick counter but he shot wide.

“It was really a tense game, but our strategy worked, we knew they were going to attack so we caught them on the counter, but it’s now history and we have to focus on our game against ZPC Kariba,” said Ncube.

“Winning the league would be a bonus, it’s not top of our priorities but if we win it, it would be a bonus, it’s easy to go top of the table but it’s hard to stay there, ask ZPC Kariba or Hwange.”

CAPS United coach Taurayi Mangwiro has seen his side struggle every time they have visit Bulawayo this season after a 0-4 mauling by Highlanders.

“It was not the best day for us as we continue to struggle every time we are away from Harare. We had the opportunity with a penalty but we were unlucky,” he said.

“We gave it all in the match against Dynamos and the game took its toll on us and our boys but now we have to re-group so that we win the next encounter.”

CAPS United might face PSL sanctions after using an undesignated entry point at Luveve yesterday.

Teams:

How Mine: E. Mazarura, X. Moyo, J. Chitereki, G. Banda, G. Magariro, E. Muzanenhamo, N. Mukumbi, M. Mupera, K. Musharu (B. Marere 89th min), W. Sithole (F. Chirandu 58th min), T. January (B. Sande 90th min)

CAPS United: J. Muchambo, D. Mukandi, D. Chipala, S. Makatuka, A. Nhongo, T. Samanja, M. Muchenje, G. Phiri (T. Magwendere 66th min), P. Zimunya (T. Mukanhairi 46th min),L. Fiyado,D. Chungwa (K. Sibanda 80th min)

Source : The Herald

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