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HWANGE came from behind twice to salvage a point against stubborn Dongo Sawmill at the Colliery yesterday.

Soccer Star of the Year finalist Evans Rusike was the saviour for the struggling coalminers.

A Dongo Sawmill defender nearly gifted Hwange an early lead when he headed over his aancing goalkeeper Forward Pfumojena, only for the alert ‘keeper to race back to save.

In an encounter that had the coalminers dominating play in the early stages, it was the visitors who grabbed the lead through exciting Lawrence Masibera in the ninth minute. The football gods finally smiled on Hwange as Rusike roasted a number of defenders to release a shot that beat Pfumojena.

The second half began with Masibera nearly punishing the complacent Hwange defenders with a run down the right flank that resulted in a wasted corner for the visitors.

Showing they had come for maximum points, the visitors got the lead through Physwel Madhazi.

With Dongo looking to carry the three points back to Rusape, Rusike had other ideas as he pounced on a loose ball for the equaliser.

Madhazi later received his marching orders for a second bookable offence for time wasting.

“We were coming for a win while they came for a draw, which derailed the game.

“Otherwise we are building from here, results will come,” said Chenjerai Dube, the Hwange assistant coach. Dongo coach Shadreck “Father” Mugurasave was not amused by his player’s expulsion. “We are generally happy with the performance, but Madhazi’s sending off was dubious,” fumed Mugurasave.

Source : The Herald