HARARE CITY … . . . . . . . . . ..0
HOW MINE … . . . . . . . . . . . .. 0
BOTH teams desperately needed a win and a defeat for either side could have spelt gloom and doom, so Harare City and How Mine connived to settle for a drab draw in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League at Rufaro Stadium yesterday.
BY MUNYARADZI MADZOKERE
Harare City coach Moses Chunga, whose team is coming from two straight defeats, cracked whip in the wake of last week’s embarrassing defeat and made seven changes to the team.
He axed a number of senior players, but still the team failed to fashion a single scoring opportunity as Chunga sounded a warning to senior players.
“We are always looking for a positive result, but I can’t complain, it was a fair result coming from two defeats and we are working from there. Beitbridge should have been a computer win, but when you have complacency and players who want to work for their positions and with the window period now open, anything can happen,” fumed Chunga after the match.
How Mine have not won a single match in the past seven outings and coach Kelvin Kaindu hailed his team’s defensive performance. “I am happy with the way we defended today. I don’t think our opponents created a single scoring chance, they shot twice off target. A point is good, but not very good for us as we haven’t done well in the last six games. It’s either we have lost or drawn,” he said.
After a slow start, the visitors were happy to defend, until they finally came out of the cocoon and created better scoring chances.
First it was Thembani Masuku who almost gave How Mine the lead, but his connection was weak after good work on the wing by Heritein Masuku after 21 minutes.
Pasca Manhanga was the next to make Max Nyamupangedengu work with a shot from inside the box late in the first half.
Harare City had a better second half in terms of possession but never looked like scoring. The visitors had three late chances as Praise Tonha, Toto Banda and Qadar Amin tested Nyamupanedengu but he came out with flying colours.
Harare City: M Nyamupanedengu, J Tigere, C Dickson, M Diro Nyenye, A Chivheya, R Chitiyo, L Muyambo, W Manondo ( K Kumwala 67′), M Vengesai (B Maglasi 88’), J Jam, F Zekumbawire
How Mine: B Donovan, P Tonha, Q Amin, K Chideu, N Tachi (V Kamhuka 10′), M Sakala, H Masuku (T Banda 43′), P Manhanga, T Masuku, G Nguwodzawo, C Sibanda (K Musharu 59′)