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Hwange kept the fire burning in their quest to clinch their first league title after edging 10-man Black Rhinos in a closely-fought contest to shoot back to the top of the Castle Lager Premiership table.

Before the match a minute of silence was held in honour of former Rhinos star Pasanduka Pakamisa who passed away on Tuesday morning.

The victorious coalminers were given a good run for their money by the soldiers in the last half and had to gallantly hold on to claim the three points which came on a day big guns Dynamos and Highlanders slipped.

The straight red card victim was Beaven Chikaka who, according to controversial referee Hardley Ndazi, insulted an opponent just after Hwange and national team defender Eric Chipeta had converted a 40th minute penalty past goalkeeper Hebert Rusawo.

The ‘keeper had been punished for lunging on midfielder Rodwell Chingetere as he prepared to pull the trigger inside the box.

The coalminers had started the match with all guns blazing and with a threat at goal as early as the third minute after Chinyengetere latched onto a clever flick by Tafara Chese only for his grounder to whistle past the left upright.

The army men briefly seized the opportunity with some fast-paced attacks orchestrated by veteran wingers Phillip Marufu and Chikaka but all their efforts wilted under the Hwange sun as twin centre backs David Boriwondo and Gerald Ndlovu were in no mood for favours.

But as the opening half wore on, the visitors took their feet off the pedal and resorted to “parking the bus” in their own half to frustrate the probing coalminers.

Ten minutes from the breather Hwange almost grabbed the opener but again lady luck was not on Chinyengetere’s side as he beat Rusawo all systems out after some clever exchange of passes with Farai Vimisai, but again the upright post was the stumbling block to leave the home fans restless.

The pressure by the home side finally yielded dividends five minutes from the breather after Vimisai intelligently chipped the ball for onrushing Chinyengetere who was fouled to give away the penalty well-struck by Chipeta.

The double substitution by Arthur Tutani in the 54th minute where he brought in Brian Muzondiwa and Milton Kureva for Wilson Chakanyuka and Lincoln Saramaya changed the complexion of the visitors’ game as Muzondiwa ignited the scene with some mazy runs and sublime passing of the ball.

Hwange goalkeepers’ coach Chenjerayi Dube was relieved at the end of the game for a set of full points which came after brushing off a determined “Chauya Chipembere” second half onslaught.

“We are very happy to get the three points as it was clear Rhinos came here to frustrate us by defending deeply but at the end of the day we came out victorious. We could have got more goals but it was not to be,” he said.

Tutani congratulated Hwange for the win. “I would like to congratulate Hwange as they won a tough match,” he said.

Hwange . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(1) 1

Black Rhinos . . . . . . . . . . . . .(0) 0


Hwange: T Mawaya E Chipeta P Mpelele G Ndlovu D Boriwondo A Tshuma T Chese O Lungu(E Rusike 54th min) A Marime(N Sianchali 84th min) R Chinyengetere F Vimisai(N Siwela75th min)

Black Rhinos: H Rusamo J Munkombwe W Chakanyuka(M Kureva 54th min) S Jimu B Homora W Kapinda B Chikaka(red card 42th min) M Mine(T Ajama88th min) L Saramaya(B Muzondiwa 54th min) P Marufu O Gada.

Source : The Herald