Moses Demera’s stunning equaliser from 30 metres lit up an otherwise cagey affair as vistors Flame Lily drew one-all with 10-man ZPC Kariba at Gwanzura yesterday.
By Munyaradzi Madzokere
ZPC Kariba . . . (1)1
Flame Lily . . . (1)1
It was Demera’s second goal in as many matches after his solitary strike helped Nesbert Saruchera’s men earn their first win of the season last week.
ZPC Kariba had taken the lead in the 20th minute against the run of play through inform Raphael Manuvire when he got to the end of Stephen Sheshe’s inviting cross and sent looping header over Lloyd Majarira between the sticks for the prison wardens which nestled into the empty net.
Saruchera’s charges buoyed by last week’s victory dominated the early exchanges but the final passes deserted them at crucial moments to find themselves trailing.
On the stroke of half time, Demera, a constant menace in the ZPC Kariba defence all afternoon, produced a moment of magic.
He picked up a loose ball about 30 metres from the ZPC Kariba goal area and let fly a stunning volley that found the left hand corner of Tapiwa Zvaita’s goal who could only wave the ball into the net.
In the second half, Flame Lily had a Farai Mugumwa goal correctly ruled offside after he poked Demera’s curling cross past Zvaita.
The Saul Chaminuka-coached hosts had to finish with 10 men as substitute Russell Madamombe received his marching orders for insulting referee Thomas Masaa on the stroke of full-time.
Saruchera was full of praise for his team’s performance.
“I’m very happy to have collected one point away from home, we are looking for the three points against Highlanders next, it’s a big achievement for the team as you can see we are improving with every game,” he said. In the other corner ZPC Kariba assistant coach Godfrey Tamirepi expressed disappointment on the team’s performance, especially in the second half where he said the team lost possession unnecessarily.