By Collen Nikisi
@Maglas Stadium, Zvishavane
Shabanie Mine 2-2 Nichrut
(Richard Kawondera 7’, David Temwanjira 71’)(Nigel Mupinduki 46’, Farayi Vimisayi 86’)
Nichrut were a long way from their best as Farai Vimisai 86th minute strike secured a draw against a dominant Shabanie in an exciting Midlands Castle Lager premiership match on Friday at a packed Maglas stadium.
Shabanie Mine coach Takesure Chiragwi was left to rue his side’s unforced errors as they allowed the Shurugwi based side to snatch a draw late in the game.
The game marked the first senior teams meeting between the two neighbours in the elite league and the fans did not disappoint filling up the stadia.
The game got off to a frenetic pace with “Bvaru Bvaru” marauding in attack led by David Temwanjira who has so far banged in four goals. And it came as no surprise when Richard Kawondera reacted quicker to goalie spill from a Temwanjira header for Shabanie to take the lead with the match only seven minutes old.
With the goal advantage Shabanie kept probing the Nichrut defence with the Mupumha brothers Ozil and Tinashe wreaking havoc on the flanks, but for all their creativity and energy they could not increase their tally.
Instead some tactical reorganisation by John Nyikadzino(Nichrut coach) at halftime changed the complexion of the game in second half. With most fans still to take their seats Nigel Mupinduki restored parity scrambling home the equaliser following a mix up at the back in the 46th minute.
From then on it was Nichrut all the way as the striking duo of James Chivasa and Shepherd Sithole used their sheer strength and power to shrug off the lightweight Bvaru defence forcing them into committing mistakes.
However, David Temwanjira would return to deflate Nichrut with a powerful header in the 71st minute off a pinpoint cross from the exciting Tinashe Mupumha.
Bvaru lack of imposing defenders and hesitation to put in a defensive player would cost them maximum points conceding an 86th minute Vimisayi header after ghosting unmarked from the blind side.
The lapses in concentration left Chiragwi fuming at his players after the game though he chose to downplay it during the post-match press conference.
“We again let in two goals and a total of five from the Dynamos game and this is frustrating, but I am happy with the attack. With these performances we are definitely not going to be talking about relegation”, Chiragwi said.
John Nyikadzino chose to lay the blame on off the field problems, however he could not divulge further. “The boys played well coming from behind twice but I insist we lost the match off the field”
Unconfirmed reports indicate the concerns are monetary and the sight of the team bus arriving at the match venue at 2pm fuelled speculation that the players had threatened a last minute boycott of the match.
Shabanie Mine- Petros Moyo, Benjamin Mukundu, Ali Maliselo, Denzil Taderera, Joe Nyabinde, Tinashe Chigede, Trevor Ajana, Ozil Mupumha(Amon Kambanje), Tinashe Mupumha,David Temwanjira and Richard Kawondera.
Nichrut- Tafadzwa Jabangwe, Bruno Madanire, Nkosilathi Moyo, David Boriwondo, Ephraim Mwinga, Asani Nhongo, Farayi Vimisayi, Nigel Mpinduki(Tatenda Hapazari), Kudakwashe Sibanda, sherpard Sithole and James Chivasa(Victor Moyo 79’).