How Mine go top, Chiredzi held

How Mine . . . . . . . . . . . (1) 2
Chicken Inn . . . . . . . . . . .(0) 1
How Mine hitman Kuda Musharu hit a brace that propelled his side to a well-deserved victory over Chicken Inn at Luveve yesterday.

Musharu struck in each half while Ismael Lawe got Chicken Inn’s consolation.
The victory saw How Mine shoot to the top of the log with 13 points out of a possible 21, a fine turnaround in fortunes for coach Philani “Beefy” Ncube.

Pressure had been mounting on Ncube to justify his off-season spending, but three wins on the trot, over Chiredzi FC, Hwange and Chicken Inn, have sent the gold miners to the top of the standings.

Highlanders, ZPC Kariba, Hwange and Buffaloes are all in with a chance of toppling How Mine after today’s action.
However, that should be the least of Ncube’s worries at the moment.

Yesterday the How Mine gaffer lauded his boys for silencing their critics.
“The boys were full value for the points,” he said.

In Chiredzi, Moses Chunga was clutching at the positives after his charges were held to a goalless draw by visiting Chapungu.

Chiredzi are yet to win a match at home this season.
Instead of looking at the situation as a case of two points dropped, the Chiredzi FC gaffer was highlighting the fact that his boys have gone for two matches without defeat.

Chunga’s men picked up their first set of three points after defeating Bantu Rovers 2-0 at Luveve last weekend with a first-half brace from David Temwanjira securing the points.

However, there were no goals to talk of as Chapungu came out of Chishamiso with a valuable point.
It would appear that fans are also deserting Chiredzi as yesterday’s match was watched by a paltry crowd.

Despite enjoying the lion’s share of possession and having the better of the scoring chances, Chiredzi failed to convert their dominance, particularly in the first half, into goals.

The draw left them stuck in the relegation zone with five points from a possible 21 while Chapungu took their points tally to 10.

After the game a somewhat defiant Chunga seemed unmoved with the poor home form.
“To me it’s not an issue, the positive thing is we are unbeaten in two matches now,” he said. Chapungu coach John Nyikadzino was impressed by his charges’ fighting spirit.

“It’s important to collect points away from home. The players are showing a unique fighting spirit and I am impressed,” said Nyikadzino after the match.

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