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NOT even the presence of the two leading goalscorers from last season could inspire How Mine in their opening match of the season as they were held by visiting airmen Chapungu United at Luveve yesterday.

Charles Sibanda and Kudakwashe Musharu, who scored a total of 25 goals last season, could not even scare Chapungu who were the better side in the first half.

The scoreboard could, however, have been different in the 17th minute when a speculative shot by Gift Phiri missed the goal by inches for Chapungu.

In the 32nd minute, Sibanda playing in a deep midfield role, saw his shot from the edge of the box punched for a corner by an alert Talbert Shumba in goal for the visitors.

The resultant corner kick was, however, wasted as James Chitereki who had a good day in office on the left flank, took a weak shot that was easily dealt with by veteran Tafadzwa Mombeshora.

Another Chapungu veteran Phillip Marufu showed that he still has the legs to carry him, roasted stocky Nelson Tachi, got into the box and delivered an appetising cross but Donovan Bernard the How Mine goalkeeper made a clean catch. The second half was another yawn even though How Mine upped their game and could actually have gone ahead when former Dynamos midfielder Devon Chafa let loose a pile driver from about 30 metres out that forced Shumba to acrobatically tip it over the bar. It was to be the last real action of the match.

“I am happy with the performance of my players but we would have wanted a win. It’s clear now that we will have to fight like soldiers because of the big names that we have in our team, everyone will be coming for a kill,” said Luke Masomere, the How Mine coach.

He said his side had more goal – scoring chances but failed to convert them into goals. His counterpart, John Nyikadzino, was happy with the point collected on the road.

“Our attacking third did not come to the party and I think that is the area we have to work on as we prepare for game number two,” he said.

Teams:

How Mine: D. Bernard, T. Kumbuyani, J. Chitereki, M. Mupera, N. Tachi, D. Chafa, B. Marere, C .Sibanda (H. Masuku, 88th minute), K. Musharu, N. Ndale (M. Sibanda, 66th minute), W.Phiri

Chapungu: T. Shumba, W. Ngonya, H. Mugoniwa, M Muchangani, B. Zabula, N. Murisa, G. Phiri (T. Mangwendere, 80th minute), T. Mombeshora, M. Mavuto (N. Ncube, 63rd minute), T. Chitora, P. Marufu

Source : The Herald

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