CAPS United ……….. (1) 1
Shabanie Mine ……. .(1) 1
CAPS United dominated their Castle Lager Premier Soccer League clash against Shabanie Mine at the National Sports Stadium yesterday, but the Green Machine’s lack of a cutting edge saw their inconsistent run this season continue in another frustrating draw.
BY GARISH PHIRI
Makepekepe controlled the game in terms of possession, while also creating numerous clear-cut chances, but still failed to collect maximum points against relegation-threatened Shabanie.
The home side signalled their intent right from the start with midfielder Wisdom Mutasa’s attempt coming off the woodwork in the first minute.
However, it was the asbestos miners who took the lead in the 13th minute courtesy of Amon Kambanje’s deflected shot, which came off Joel Ngodzo and past goalkeeper Prosper Chigumba.
Ngodzo, however, redeemed himself after grabbing the equaliser with powerful shot six minutes later.
CAPS United launched waves of attacks, but Shabanie goalkeeper Biggie Temera was in top form denying Mutasa, Ngodzo and Tinotenda Chiunye in the first half.
In the second half, it became a one-sided affair as Mutasa continued to turn on the style, but Shabanie’s defence remained resolute.
CAPS United gaffer Lloyd Chitembwe was pleased with his side’s fighting spirit despite failure to collect maximum points from a contest they were expected to win comfortably.
“We did manage to create some very good chances, but at the end of the day we just couldn’t get the result that we wanted. I am sure we have also taken lessons that when playing teams that you are expected to beat you have to make sure you are very efficient, but today that was not the case,” he said.
Shabanie Mine coach Alexio Sigion was delighted as they managed to pick a point away from home as they seek to avoid relegation.
“I am very impressed with the boys; they showed character approaching this crucial game. As long as we are still playing games we have hopes of surviving. There are still a lot of games, in fact seven, which is 21 points, we have to collect points for us to survive. We still have hope,” he said.