Bantu Rovers . . 0
How Mine . . . . .(1)3
HOW MINE striker Kuda Musharu is now in contention for the golden boot award with a game to go before the season ends as he grabbed his 12th goal of the season at Hartsfield Rugby Ground in Bulawayo yesterday to tally with Highlanders attacking midfielder Charles Sibanda who has the same number of goals.
Godfrey Nguwodzawo grabbed the first for How Mine in the 26th minute before he added the second in the 58th minute as they thrashed an already-relegated Bantu Rovers.
Musharu converted a penalty 19 minutes later although the Metallon Gold-sponsored side finished a man down after defender Morris Kadzola was sent off by referee Hardly Ndazi for a second bookable offence in the 74th minute.
Despite the win, How Mine remained on position eight with 40 points from 29 games while Bantu Rovers are second from the bottom of the log table with 25 points from the same number of games.
Bantu Rovers coach Methembe Ndlovu blamed the defeat on errors.
“We are disappointed that we lost,” he said.
“We were making too many mistakes in bad areas. We don’t want to make excuses for our loss. (Hebert) Dick has done well, but we wanted to give other players a chance. Those players could have done the job better.”
How Mine gaffer Luke Masomere praised his boys for a good performance.
“I am building a team for next season,” he said.
“It was a good game because we were playing against a good side. We were fired up and very organised in our defence spearheaded by Nguwodzawo.”
How Mine went one up 26 minutes into the game through Nguwodzawo.
Menard Mupera’s ball found Musharu who in turn squared it to Nguwodzawo who made no mistake firing past Bantu Rovers goalkeeper Takunda Mutanga.
Nguwodzawo grabbed his second when he got to the end of a Wonder Sithole cross from the left again beating a diving Mutanga.
From the outset, Musharu seemed eager to score as he made several attempts to beat Mutanga.
He seized the opportunity to increase his goal tally when he was hacked down inside the box by Bongani Sikhwili.
Musharu sent Mutanga the wrong way in the 77th minute to make it 12 league goals.