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Highlanders remain top with How Mine win
06/07/2014 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
 
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How Mine 1-2 Highlanders

HIGHLANDERS maintained their lead at the top of the Castle Lager Premiership standings with their first ever win over How Mine at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday.

The Bulawayo giants now have 27 points from 14 games heading into the double header against Bantu Rovers while Dynamos rose into second after beating Black Rhinos 2-1 at the National Sports Stadium.

Caps United, the Saturday night leaders, are third with 26 points, the same as Dynamos after they won for the first time away from home, after beating Chicken Inn 2-1 at Luveve in Bulawayo.  

Hardlife Zvirekwi and Moses Muchenje scored for the Green Machine while Bheki Ncube was on target for Chicken Inn.

Gabriel Nyoni set Highlanders on the way with a goal in the 21st minute after Charles Sibanda had missed a Valentine Ndaba cross into the box.

Simon Munawa scored the goal of that won the game for Bosso when he shrugged off George Magariro and let fly a left footed screamer that beat Ephraim Mazarura all systems out in the 73rd minute.

But Edwin Muzanenhamo ensured a nervy finish when James Chitereki charged into the box from the left and fed the substitute whose first time shot beat Arial Sibanda, but Highlanders held on for a famous win after losing twice to How Mine last year in the league.

Highlanders coach Kelvin Kaindu was relieved after the match.

“We played very well and we had it all wrapped it up until we conceded that goal. We concede some poor goals but I am happy with the maximum points.

“We just want to maintain our position and we will take it game by game,” the Zambian mentor said.
 

Welcome victory ... Highlanders coach Kelvin Kaindu

How Mine dropped to sixth after their second successive loss after going down to Triangle 2-1 last week,  had Isheunesu Chaka and Simba Sithole on the technical bench in the absence of head coach Philani Ncube, who is attending a Caf A Licence course in Harare.

Known for their juju beliefs, How Mine, caused scene at halftime when they lined up at the Highlanders goal line at the famous Soweto stand.



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But the Bosso fans did not take that kindly, and in lightning fashion rained missiles on them resulting in an injury to three of the How Mine players.

Police cleaned up the mess but not before the damage had been done.

At Maglas, Shabanie Mine suffered their first home defeat of the season when they went down 1-2 to Buffaloes. Buffaloes are coached by former Shabanie boss Luke Masomere.

Daniel Chakupe gave the hosts the lead before Roy Mwenga and Prosper Matizanadzo struck in the second half for the precious three points.

This was not the kind of preparation that Shabanie Mine needed ahead of their own double header against bitter city rivals FC Platinum in Week 15 and 16 in the mining town on Zvishavane.

RESULTS

Saturday: Hwange 0-2 ZPC Kariba, Chicken Inn 1-2 Caps United, Chapungu 0-0 FC Platinum, Chiredzi FC 1-2 Harare City,

Sunday: Dynamos 2-1 Black Rhinos, How Mine 1-2 Highlanders, Shabanie Mine 1-2 Buffaloes 

 





 
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