MUTARE – Buffaloes’ fans were baying for coach Timothy Masachi’s head after the army side allowed bottom side Motor Action a last minute equaliser during Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Sakubva Stadium in a Castle Premiership match.
The home side looked like they were going to collect all three points after Steven Sibanda had given them the lead with an 11th minute penalty.
Buffaloes were awarded the spot kick after Godfrey Moyo handled in the box and Sibanda scored his 12th goal of the season to trail leading score Tendai Ndoro of chicken Inn by just two.
The Buffaloes defence, however, went to sleep in the dying stages of the match and allowed the Mighty Bulls to sneak in a 90th minute equaliser through Ngonidzashe Maviri.
Incensed with their team’s fourth leagues draw on the trot, Buffaloes supporters and former officials besieged the exits from the venue fuming at coach Masachi.
The Buffaloes coach said: “We again lost concentration as was the case against Highlanders last weekend when we conceded an equaliser in the 88th minute.”
Masachi, however, said his team was depleted by the absence of captain Prosper Matizanadzo and Phillip Chandisaita while Simbarashe Nyauzima was serving a one match suspension for accumulating three yellow cards.
With the absence of the trio, Watungwa Watungwa’s already suspect defence which had conceded 35 goals before yesterday’s match was severely weakened.
The Buffaloes defence struggled to deal with the inexperienced Mighty Bulls attack that was led by Collin Dhuwa.
Motor Action’s Prince Matore was happy the point his team managed to salvage from the jaws of defeat promising to fight to escape relegation until the last match.
The Mighty Bulls remain bottom of the log with 18 points with only five games to go before the season ends.
Yesterday’s match had largely been a big yawn as both teams struggled to make any meaningful passages of play.
Even after taking the lead early in the match, Buffaloes never really looked like they were going to increase the score.
For the visitors, Dhuwa and Emmanuel Mandiranga showed some flashes of brilliance in the final third but they failed to make it count when it mattered most.
In the 25th minute, Dhuwa caused some anxious moments for the Buffaloes defence during a goalmouth melee and the timely intervention of goalkeeper Blessing Mwandimutsira saved the day for the home side.
After the break, Motor Action continued to probe for an equaliser but they constantly found no way through the Buffaloes defence which had seemed a little bit stable than their first half performance.
The visitors were finally rewarded right on the stroke of fulltime when Walter Musona led a breakaway attack on the left before firing in a shot from the left wing.
Mwandimutsira blocked the Musona’s shot but the rebound fell kindly for Maviri, who tucked in the equaliser.