ZPC Kariba . . . 0
Hwange . . . 0
BY MICHAEL MADYIRA
ZPC Kariba recorded their 10th draw of the season after their Premier Soccer League (PSL) meeting with visiting Hwange failed to produce goals at Gwanzura yesterday.
On a tired afternoon of few scoring chances created by either side, ZPC Kariba were not convincing that they are still unbeaten after 17 games.
They were also a pale shadow of the side that stunned Hwange 2-0 at the Colliery a month ago.
Remaining at position two on the log, leaving Dynamos with a chance to overtake them this afternoon, coach Saul Chaminuka had only striker Artwell Nyamiwa’s missed chance to talk about after the match.
Drawing 10 matches so far, Chaminuka’s side have lost 20 points from the share of spoils and he is not worried about that.
“I am quite pleased with this result,” said Chaminuka.
“I am happy. We had the best chance of the game where we had Artwell versus their goalkeeper [Takabva] Mawaya. It was easier to score than to miss. What is important is that after we failed to score we defended well. That is why we haven’t lost a game up to now.
“I feel we could have won the game. If we had sunk that opportunity, we could have opened a hole. Hwange came back into the game after that miss. If we had scored we could have gone to score more than two goals but fine, that is football.”
Gaining a point on enemy territory, Hwange coach Nation Dube was not complaining.
“A point away from home is not bad. We came to play and we drew. I am happy with the general performance of the team. I am happy the changes I am making are working well. The combinations are clicking,” he said.
Dube was relieved to escape a ZPC Kariba attack when Nyamiwa broke loose 10 minutes into the match and beat Takabva Mawaya but the shot was just wide.
Mawaya was busy again with a minute to halftime when he saved Limited Chikafa’s close-range shot.
Chikafa became the villain again when he failed to convert a header feed from Dennis Dauda early in the first half.
Hwange had not tried the hosts’ rearguard until 66 minutes when ZPC Kariba goalkeeper Tendai Hove brilliantly tipped over bar a well-taken free kick by Munyaradzi “Pango” Mungadze.
Mungadze and Hove met again, with the latter failing to beat the goalkeeper face-to-face with 10 minutes to go.