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Shabanie Mine finally remembered how to win when the beat visiting Bantu Rovers in a thrilling Premiership match at Maglas yesterday.

Victor Twaliki, son of former CAPS United player Salad, made the difference when he sent his opposite number Brighton Chipula the wrong way from the penalty spot after just nine minutes of play.

Shabanie could have, however, won by a wider margin but some inept shooting from strikers Allan Tavarwisa and Carlos Mesi were the biggest let down for the miners.

Tavariswa was sent through twice – in the 53rd and 87th minutes – but when it looked easier to score than miss, he completely failed to place the ball home.

Shabanie’s biggest miss of the afternoon came right at the death when the outstanding Edmore Tsoro threaded a pass to him . With Chipula outdrawn, Tavariswa tried to lobby the ball past the goalkeeper but he was alert and blocked the effort.

The ball then fell onto the path of Ashley Mukwena but the Shabanie’s second half substitute, with a yawning goal before him, could only direct his header against the cross bar.

Mukwena, who came in second half substitute reacted with a header and with Chipula nowhere in sight and a yawning goal in front, his header crashed on the crossbar. Bantu Rovers, who started the match on a low note, had their moments too and could have enjoyed a share of the spoils in the 54th minute but Dube’s effort hit the crossbar with goalkeeper Twaliki a well beaten man.

Bantu Rovers coach Mandla Mpofu commended both teams for a good display despite expressing reservations over the match officials. “It was one of the best matches I have witnessed at Maglas for a very long time. We should have avoided the penalty but it’s now water under the bridge and we are now looking forward to the next game,” Mpofu said.

His counterpart John Phiri said: “I am building a team from the ashes. We lost a host of chances and we could have scored more than six goals. Bantu are a very good side but I think I need to work on my strikers.”


Shabanie: V. Twaliki, G. Murwira, N. Merson, S. Muchabaiwa, R. Mware, D. Sibanda, Z. Bizeki, L. Matawu, T. Mtombeni, A. Tavarwisa, C. Mesi.

Bantu Rovers: B. Chipula, Z. Ngodzo,T. Hadebe, N. Masuku, L.. Nkomo, T .Magaisa, B. Sikwili, O. Tarumbwa, T. Gwena, F. Ncube, S. Dube.

Source : The Herald