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CAPS UNITED . . . . . . . . . . . .0
CAPS United coach Lloyd Chitembwe fuelled speculation that he could be on the verge of leaving the Harare giants after his charges blew a golden opportunity to go to the top of the log after sharing the spoils with FC Platinum at Mandava Stadium yesterday.
BY MUKUDZEI CHINGWERE
Although the Green Machine dominated the match to collect a precious away point from the new league pacesetters, Chitembwe hinted he could leave by suggesting that he felt his work was not being appreciated.
“There comes a point where you think maybe the good you are doing is not good enough to others. There are a lot of positives; the team is now in a better position than where I found it. If I leave the club, I will leave a happy man,” said Chitembwe after the match.
Yesterday’s result lifted FC Platinum to the apex of the log standings with 27 points, while CAPS United remained on third position after extending their unbeaten run to seven matches.
Mapeza was impressed by this charges.
“It was a game full of action. We had our chances and they had their chances too. It was a good game and I am happy with the result. We looked tired late in the game because of fatigue from the travelling we had in midweek,” said Mapeza. The miners settled quickly in the duel with promising youngster Ishmael Wadi unfortunate not to give his side the lead inside the opening three minutes.The visitors settled late into the match, dominating the game with imperious ball possession.
CAPS United pressed for a goal in the first half, but could not breach Petros Mhari’s goal.
Leonard Tsipa came close, but he headed his effort over the cross bar after he was left unmarked inside the box. After the breather, CAPS United continued from where they had left, with Simba Nhivi and Tsipa exchanging passes, but the former could not keep his final shot down with the defence exposed after an hour of action.
Five minutes later, an unmarked Dominic Chungwa fluffed his effort over the bar after he was fed an inch-perfect cross from the left.
The miners thought they had surged ahead, but a last gasp clearance from Seven Makatuka denied Wadi the opening goal.
Wave after wave of attack followed from the visitors, but the host kept firm in defence to escape with a point.
FC Platinum: P Mhari, I Nekati, G Bello, R Sibanda, S Shoko, W Mhango, R Chinyengetere, W Kamudyariwa (G Takwara 80), I Wadi, M Mudehwe (H Bakacheza , W Musona (B Muzondiwa 73)
CAPS United: J Muchambo, H Zvirekwi, R Pfumbidzai, J Jangano, S Makatuka, D Chafa, J Ngodzo (D Chungwa 57), M Muchenje, T Rusike (P Bamusi 78), S Nhivi, L Tsipa
Yesterday’s Results Glance: FC Platinum 0-0 CAPS United, Ngezi Platinum 1-0 ZPC Kariba, Chapungu 2- 1 Chicken Inn, Harare City 0-0 How Mine
Today’s Fixtures: Hwange v Bulawayo City (Colliery), Dynamos v Border Strikers (Rufaro)
Postponed: Tsholotsho v Mutare City (White City), Highlanders v Triangle (Barbourfields)