Reigning Coach of the Year Saul Chaminuka’s mission to save Buffaloes from relegation ended in tears yesterday as defeat to Dynamos condemned his outfit.
Buffaloes needed to win at Sakubva yesterday with the hope that Tsholotsho would not collect maximum points at Harare City.
A debut Zivanai Mhanda goal secured victory and second place for Dynamos. The result in Mutare meant that Tsholotsho, who drew 1-all with Harare City, survived the chop.
Kriss Chitiyo opened the scoring for Lizwe Sweswe’s men but a late Kudakwashe Kumwala equalizer denied the home side maximum points.
FC Platinum surrendered second place to Dynamos after being held 1-all by relegated Dongo Sawmill at vengere. Debutant Nigel Makumbe scored for the visitors before Tateguru Simba equalized for Dongo.
FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza blasted the turf at Vengere after the draw that left his side two points behind DeMbare.
“The pitch was bad but i am happy with our performance because my guys did well throughout the season,” said Mapeza.
Fourth placed Triangle closed the season on a high after they beat Hwange 2-1 at the Colliery, thanks to goals from Pascal Manhanga and star player Hillary Bakacheza.
Former Warriors linkman Rodwell Chinyengetere scored for Hwange who held on to eighth position following Chapungu’s painful 0-0 draw against how mine at ascot.
Chapungu coach John Nyikadzino was disappointed with the draw that saw the airmen miss the top eight on goal difference.
“I am disappointed with the draw because i wanted a top eight finish. the windy weather also affected our play,” said Nyikadzino.
On fire Caps United clinched fifth position after a Dominic Chungwa brace inspired them to a 3-1 win over Whahwa.
Chungwa’s double took his season’s tally to 12, two behind golden boot winner Knox Mutizwa who failed to find the target as Highlanders fell 0-1 to resurgent ZPC Kariba at Barbourfields.
Veteran striker Limited Chikafa was on target for the electricians while another old hand Obadiah “Oba” Tarumbwa missed from the spot for Bosso.
Despite the defeat, Bosso finished sixth to secure a vital top eight place.