How Mine, Harare City draw


A 10-MEMBER Harare City got their first point away from home in a goalless draw with How Mine in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League encounter at Luveve Stadium yesterday.


Thandiwe Moyo
Sports Correspondent

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The draw took the Sunshine Boys to seven points from 10 games while How Mine are on 18 points, but they both remain at the same positions — 15 and third respectively. Harare City head coach Bigboy Mawiwi said getting a point away from home was positive for the players who have struggled since the start of the season, a sharp contrast to their performance last season.

“We are no longer struggling. The fact that we were not winning was not because we were not playing well. We are going up. This is the first point away from home and it is a positive thing. I do not want to comment much about the referees.

“This is why our country is not improving in football. We played well and created a few chances even if we were playing against the wind. We had control of the game until referee gave (James) Jam a red card. The referee was not in a position to make that call. We lost control and had to defend,” he said.

Jam was given his marching orders in the 74th minute after Masvingo-based referee Makonese Masakadza adjudged that he had crudely tackled Wonder Sithole.

How Mine coach Philani “Beefy” Ncube said: “It is a point at home and as much as we would have wanted three points there is nothing we could do. The break affected us, but we hope to rise in the next game. As much as we wanted to win, if it is not your day it is not your day,” he said.

There was not much action from both teams in either half of the match with most of the goalmouth attempts coming in the second half.

In the 58th minute Kuda Musharu sent a cross to Godfrey Nguwodzawo, but the former Harare City midfielder skied the effort.

Two minutes later Martin Vengesai charged at goal from the middle of the park and shot, but goalkeeper Ephraim Mazarura collected