ZPC Kariba . . . (0) 2
CAPS United . . . (1) 1
ZPC Kariba striker Raphael Manuvire scored a goal and set-up another as his side rallied from a goal down to beat Caps United in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at Nyamhunga yesterday.
BY NUNURAI JENA AND KENNETH NYANGANI
The win ensured the Kariba based side’s revival under veteran coach Sunday Chidzambwa as the team recorded a fourth win in the last five matches and moved into 10th position above Highlanders.
For Caps United who are now under the tutelage of Lloyd Chitembwe, they missed a golden opportunity to build on their famous victory over Highlanders two weeks ago and a victory would have seen them move into the top four.
Caps started the game strongly and they were duly rewarded in the 29th minute when old horse Joel Ngozo unleashed an unstoppable shot from the edge of the box to raise hopes of another vital win.
However, ZPC Kariba equalised through a penalty from Manuvire in the 63rd minute after Justice Jangano had handled inside the box.
Manuvire then turned provider when his corner was headed in by Sylvester Appiah four minutes later.
Meanwhile, at Sakubva Buffaloes failed to utilise home advantage after they were held to a one-all draw by Tsholotsho in a cagy battle of the relegation threatened sides.
After a goalless first half, the visitors surged ahead in the 65th through a well-struck free-kick from William Stima, before Farai Banda equalised in the 80th minute from a fine low shot to save the day for Saul Chaminuka.
Chaminuka — whose side remained in 12th position and just three points from the drop zone — said although he was happy with the draw, his charges desperately needed to collect points in their remaining matches.
“I have a reason to be happy because we scored a late goal. At this stage of the season, it’s important to pick up a point in every match we are playing but we need to start picking up maximum points,” he said.
Tsholotsho gaffer Lizwe Sweswe, although disappointed that his side could not hold onto their lead, said he was also satisfied with the point away from home.
“We came here expecting a tough match but we put ourselves in a very good position to win the match but sadly we conceded late in the match, but we are very happy that we managed to collect a point away from home,” he said.