ZVISHAVANE – Shabanie Mine eased their relegation worries with a victory over 10-man Black Mambas at Maglas Stadium on Sunday.
The Zvishavane-based side moved one spot up the ladder to 11th place with 21 points while Mambas dropped to 12th with 19 points.
It was also a sweet revenge for the asbestos miners, who had lost 2-0 to the same opponents in the reverse fixture in Harare.
The build-up to yesterday’s match had been overshadowed by the boycott by Shabanie Mine players’ industrial action over their winning bonuses.
The asbestos miners’ refused to camp on the eve of the match and arrived late just before kick-off yesterday at the match venue.
The Chinda Boys, however, put aside their grievances with their club bosses and were in the lead just after 30 minutes courtesy of Pervington Zimunya’s penalty.
The home side were awarded the spot kick after Eria Phiri was hacked down inside the box by Mambas defender Proud Khumalo.
Shabanie increased their lead two minute into the second half following an own goal by Mambas defender Paul Marazanye, who beat his own goalkeeper.
Three minutes later, the police outfit was reduced to 10-man after second half substitute Kasimero Chimbadzwa received two yellow cards inside nine minutes.
Shabanie coach Luke Masomere (pictured) paid tribute to the players for showing character despite the of field problems.
“It was a good game for us and I give credit to the boys. We are facing numerous problems but they put that aside to put up a good show,” said Masomere.
Mambas assistant coach Martin Bonongwe blamed the defeat on the red card to Kasimero as it affected their game plan in the second half and could not claw their way back into the match.
In another match at Gibbo Stadium in Chiredzi, Triangle edged Bulawayo side How Mine 2-1.