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BUFFALOES came from a goal behind to salvage an important 3-1 home win against Triangle in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at Sakubva Stadium, Mutare, yesterday.
It was sweet revenge for the army side, who lost to the same side 2-0 in Chiredzi in the first half of the season.
Triangle goalkeeper Ashely Reyners was called into action in the first minute of the match after saving a Steven Sibanda header from the near post.
The Lowveld-based side were the better team in the first half as they refused to be cowed by the home side and in the 31st minute impressive Buffaloes goalkeeper Blessing Mwandimutsira saved a Tawanda Muyendi firm header from close range.
Three minutes later striker Terrence Ganyata thrust Triangle into the lead after curling a fine shot far to the left of the diving Mwandimutsira.
Buffaloes gunslinger Jacob Muzokomba took his tally to nine goals in added time of the first half when he made good use of a Wonder Sithole square pass to restore parity.
After the breather the home side took the match to their opponents with the spirit of ants and determination of bees.
In the 52th minute the army side midfielder Admire Dzumbunu’s blistering shot from his opposition box missed the target with few inches.
Llyod Katongomara marked his first appearance in the Buffaloes line-up after an injury he suffered last year, and he didn’t disappoint yesterday after heading home a Sithole free-kick to send the home fans into frenzy.
In the 84th minute Steven Sibanda, now the joint top goalscorer at Buffaloes with nine goals a piece with Muzokomba, got the better of a Never Musvipa long clearance to stretch the lead.
Buffaloes head coach Tomothy “Sicho” Masachi was on cloud nine saying his players played according to instructions in the second half.
“We were the home side and our approach was to attack them.But in the first half the wind was against our play, but l am glad we came back in the second half and played well,” Masachi said. “It was a good win because they also beat us at their home,” he added.
His counterpart Gishon Ntini blamed the referees for poor officiating.