MUTARE – Buffaloes captain Jacob Muzokomba scored a wonderful hat-trick to help his team earn revenge on Tripple B in a 5-1 win in a Castle Premiership match on Sunday
Tripple B last week handed the army side a 4 – 2 beating in Beitbridge.
Muzokomba opened the scoring for Buffaloes as early as the second minute adding another two minutes later while Tripple B pulled one back through an Aleck Marime penalty in the 18th minute.
Buffaloes increased their lead in the 33rd minute through Steven Sibanda to give the home side a 3-1 lead at halftime.
Admire Dzumbunu scored the Mutare soldiers’ fourth goal in the 68th minute before Muzokomba completed his hat-trick in the 76th minute.
This is Buffaloes’ second home win under new gaffer Timothy Masachi, who took charge of the team in his first game when they beat Dynamos 3-2 at Sakubva last month.
Watungwa Watungwa, who remain in eighth place on the log, now have 22 points from 16 games while Tripple B dropped to 15th place with 14 points.
Buffaloes surged ahead when Muzokomba tapped in his first goal following a goal mouth scramble following a corner kick.
Muzokomba then added his second with a header — meeting a cross from Simbarashe Nyauzinia as the Mutare soldiers stamped their authority early on in the match.
Tripple B, however, clawed their way back into the game when in the 18th minute Buffaloes goalkeeper, Blessing Mwandimutsira fouled striker Marime inside the box.
Marime picked himself up to score the spot kick.
Buffaloes were however, to add a third when Sibanda drove in a low shot past Tripple goalkeeper Prince Dube from a Wonder Sithole clever assist.
The second half threatened to be a big yawn except the occasional glimpses of genius from an in-form Marime, who was the only Tripple B player showing urgency when in possession.
Buffaloes would however, increase their lead with Dzumbunu unleashing a long-range shot that surprised Dube in the 68th minute before Muzokomba completed the rout for the army side.
Meanwhile, in a bizarre case, suspended Zimbabwe Football Association board member, Kenny Marange’s truck was destroyed by fire before yesterday’s match.
Marange’s truck was parked in the stadium’s parking bay when it caught fire.
Causes of the fire were not available at the time of going to press last night.