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Shabanie miss chance to ease relegation woes

WASTEFUL Shabanie Mine missed a golden opportunity of enhancing their chances of surviving relegation after they were held to one-all draw by Black Rhinos in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) match played at Morris Depot yesterday.

BY SPORTS REPORTER
Black Rhinos…… (1) 1
Shabanie Mine…. (1) 1

Despite creating numerous scoring opportunities, Shabanie Mine, who were the better side on the day, failed to collect maximum points, a result which left them facing another return to Division One football, with only three matches left in the season.

After starting the day in the relegation zone, Shabanie Mine, who were on a three-match winless streak, were in desperate need of a victory to catch up with fellow relegation contenders Yadah and Bulawayo City.

Even after getting off to a promising start, Shabanie Mine were left facing an uphill task as hosts Black Rhinos opened the scoring in the 20th minute through a header by Farai Banda.

After being left unmarked inside the box, Banda coolly picked his spot past an exposed Shabanie Mine goal-minder Petros Moyo after connecting right-back Jameson Mukombwe’s in-swing corner.

Shabanie Mine, however, had their chances with midfielder Joe Nyabinde missing a sitter after failing to convert from six yards before striker Wellington Taderera’s low shot sailed just wide a minute later with Hebert Rusawo beaten.

The Chinda Boys finally made their territorial dominance count, with Tinashe Mupunha heading home from a rebound in the 40th minute after Trevor Majanha’s side-footed shot from close range had cannoned off the crossbar.

The visitors had several chances to claim all three points but failed to capitalise, with midfielder Tinashe Mupunha’s low shot after a mazy run sailing wide off the right hand post early in the second half while substitute Fradreck Muza side-footed wide from a cross by Bruno Mtigo.

Shabanie Mine coach Takesure Chiragwi said he was disappointed with his team’s wastefulness in front of goal but took heart from the team’s overall perfomance

“We were supposed to grab all the three points, we created so many chances and sometimes football is crazy, you fail to win matches when you have done everything except scoring. As a coach, I think I should be happy because the reason why we are getting into those scoring positions shows that we are doing something right.

Chiragwi was upbeat about his chances of surviving relegation.

“We will fight until the last game of the season. I’m very confident that we can survive because we are still in with a chance.We will keep fighting, these guys really want to continue playing in the PSL,” he said.

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