BLACK Mambas and Caps United could not be separated at Morris Depot yesterday.Peter Kachirika drew first blood for Mambas with Washington Pakamisa levelling matters for the visitors on the 26th minute.Mambas could not have asked for a better start as they got early momentum, hardly two minutes into the game, as Kachirika got to the end of a Tendai Chinungo free-kick nodding the ball beyond Edmore Sibanda in goals for CAPS United.
Youthful Mambas midfielder Brian Amidu Abbas gave CAPS United a good run for their money with his usual devastating form masterminding many, if not all, Mambas’ raids.
Pride Tafirenyika thought he had equalised for CAPS on six minutes but the football gods left him in a lurch as his shot rattled the upright before rebounding to safety with Learnmore Jere in goals for Mambas on the wrong side of the action.
Jere will rue the blunder he made on the 26th minute when he failed to parry to safety a grounder unleashed by Pakamisa from way out of the box giving CAPS the equaliser.
Pakamisa got some breathing space from a seemingly harmless position in the Mambas half to let go a grass cutter which went all the way to the back of the net, thanks to Jere who seemed to have taken a nap.
The goal was all that CAPS United needed to up the tempo as they virtually took control from then onwards. However, a combination of wayward finishing and bad luck kept the score line unchanged.
CAPS pushed hard to find the winner in the dying minutes but they just didn’t have enough in the tank to turn the tie in their favour.
Not even the much anticipated substitution of the blundering Leonard Tsipa to pave way for Clive Kawinga could flip the script.
Goalie Sibanda failed to steer a late twist of fate in favour of the Green Machine as he blasted off target a free-kick deep in what has come to be known as his danger zone, which is just outside the box.
The draw is CAPS United’s sixth this season, taking their points tally to 36 while Mambas have amassed a total of 29 points after 26 games.