MUTARE – Inconsistent Mutare outfit Buffaloes returned to winning ways with a sweet 3-1 victory against Triangle in an exciting Castle Lager Premier League match on Sunday.
Jacob Muzokomba inspired his side to a win against the Lowveld side which had been on a good run of form in the run up to this encounter.
Muzokomba began the soldiers’ comeback trail in the 45th minute after the visitors had threatened to run away with the tie following an explosive first half display which earned them the lead against the hosts.
Triangle drew first blood through Terence Ganyata whose 32 minute curling shot caught Buffaloes’ goalkeeper Blessing Mwandimutsira off guard.
By then Triangle could have taken the game out of the hosts’ sights but wasted numerous chances that came their way.
In the 18th minute Chasten Ngondodza missed a clear chance by allowing Buffaloes to clear after its defence had fluffed the lines.
Although the sugar cane farmers were clearly the better side, their goalkeeper, Ashley Rayners, was to deny Buffaloes the lead in the 22nd minute after he read well a cheeky Steve Sibanda through pass off a free kick.
Muzokomba cancelled the lead in the 45th minute, slinging in a close range shot to take his tally to nine goals.
Buffaloes came storming back in the second half with purposeful play forcing Rayners to make some crucial saves.
Buffaloes were rewarded in the 69th minute when an exciting Lloyd Katongomara headed home a hotly disputed goal which the Triangle bench and players felt was a “Hand of God”.
The visitors felt the referee should have disallowed the goal because Katongomara had used his hand.
The army side added another goal from a counter attack through Steve Sibanda who found himself at the end of a Never Musvipa through pass.
Buffaloes Coach, Timothy Masachi said they had been working on finishing with Sibanda after he had failed to score in similar situations against Highlanders and Dynamos.
Buffaloes could have added a fourth when Simbarashe Nyauzima floated in a free kick from the centre line only for Rayners to parry it over for a corner.
Triangle Coach Gishon Ntini was furious at the Katongomara goal which he thought should have been disallowed for a handball.
“The referees were the man-of-the-match,” Ntini fumed.