Bayelsa United coach Richard Bubagha was not happy with the penalty awarded to How Mine by referee, Kherseed.
A Menard Mupera penalty in added time saved the day for How Mine as they edged Nigeria’s Bayelsa United in an exciting CAF Confederation Cup second round first leg tie at Barbourfields yesterday.
“It was a nice game but that ball was not a penalty. We were robbed.
“We will take our chances and we are going to nail them [How Mine] at home,” Bubagha said.
He said they had players that they had reserved for the return leg. the technical bench of Bayelsa was actually celebrating after the match saying How Mine had no chance when they got to Nigeria.
Okorowanta was the man who troubled How Mine although he had his effort cleared off the goal line by the host captain Gilbert Banda, a minute into the game.
How Mine could have used the flank of suspect left-back Adegoke to their advantage but Mupera blasted the ball way off target after a defensive gaffe by Adegoke.
How Mine could have scored in the 16th minute after tightly marked Kuda Musharu made a break on the right and flighted a cross which was missed by an on the run James Chitereki.
Six minutes before the break, Musharu was at it again from the right but his searching cross was punched away by Gambo and Thembani Masuku wasted the rebound.
Another Musharu effort was cleared off the line by Bayelsa skipper Junior Saloman with nine minutes remaining to full-time.