BEITBRIDGE – Tripple B bade farewell to the Castle Premiership after they were held to a 2-2 draw by the visiting How Mine at Dulibadzimu Stadium on Sunday.
The Beitbridge-based side finished the season bottom of the 16-team log with a paltry 20 points from 30 games and will have to compete in the lower league next season.
How Mine completed their Premiership campaign in seventh place with 43 points.
The hosts took the lead after 24 minutes when Maxwell Mavhuto’s pass found an unmarked Makai Kawashu in the box and the former Monomotapa forward responded with a low shot into the net.
How Mine were granted a lifeline when Mavhuto scored an own goal when he deflected Menard Mupera’s free kick past his own goalkeeper.
Mavhuto, who was in the thick of things in the first half, then restored Tripple B’s lead on the stroke of half time when he pushed the ball beyond the reach of an exposed Ephraim Mazarura.
How Mine, however, refused to give up and returned to Bulawayo with a point after Warren Dube equalised in the second half to deny the hosts all three points.
Dube was on target after he was at the end of an exciting move that also involved Nqobile Mpala.
After the match Tripple B Coach Peter Manoti was happy with the performance of his charges.
“We are building a team for next season in Division One. With this kind of performance I’m confident that we will have a good team that can challenge for honours next year,” he said.
How Mine coach Philani “Beefy” Ncube blamed the draw to a lapse in concentration from his defenders.
“We conceded two silly goals but we had a chance of winning the match. But I am now shifting focus from the Premiership which is now over to the Mbada Diamonds cup final,” said Ncube.
How Mine will cross swords with cross town rivals Highlanders for the prestigious Mbada Diamonds Cup in the final to be held this Saturday at Barbourfields Stadium.