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Buffaloes hold Highlanders

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BUFFALOES……………….0
HIGHLANDERS …….……0

BY KENNETH NYANGANI

BUFFALOES missed a penalty as they failed to collect maximum points for the fourth consecutive game after they drew against Highlanders in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match played at Sakubva Stadium yesterday.

The soldiers have collected only two points out of a possible 12, having lost 3-0 to Dynamos, drawn 1-1 against Triangle before being walloped 5-2 by ZPC Kariba on Good Friday.

The only talking point of the match was in the 21st minute when Buffaloes were awarded a penalty, but impressive Highlanders goalminder Ariel Sibanda saved Jacob Muzokomba’s spot kick.

Buffaloes coach Joseph Takaringofa admitted they are now under pressure.

‘’We played very well, but we could not take our chances. And I also think we have improved in terms of defending and other areas. Today (yesterday) we thought it was our day to collect maximum points, but we failed and we should fight very hard in the next matches,” he said.

His counterpart Bongani Mafu was worried about his strikers’ conversion rate.Teenage Hadebe

‘’I think we could not play our normal football because of the pitch. We created a chance on every attack, but we failed to score and l am worried,” he said.

Highlanders had their first shot on target in the fourth minute, but defender Honest Moyo had the ball saved by Buffaloes shot-stopper Blessing Mwandimutsira.

Then came the penalty. Bosso’s scorer against Tsholotsho last Sunday Teenage Hadebe hacked down Lloyd Katongomara inside the box and Rusape based referee Brighton Chimene did not hesitate to point to the spot.
But Sibanda dived to his right to deny Muzokomba the goal.

Confusion then marred the game in the 78th minute when referee Chimene and first assistant referee Luckson Mhara signalled that Katongomara’s header was a goal before changing the decision to award an offside to Highlanders.

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