By Munyaradzi Madzokere
ARMY side Black Rhinos missed an opportunity to leapfrog CAPS United and move into third place on the Castle Lager Premier League log standings after they were held to a goalless draw by relegation-haunted Yadah at Rufaro yesterday.
The Afcon break also seems to have killed Yadah’s momentum after they recorded two crucial consecutive wins, over Highlanders and Chapungu, prior to the two and a half week hiatus.
A win for the Walter Magaya-owned side would have seen them wriggle out of the relegation zone as the season draws to the halfway stage.
“The game was a bit balanced, but I think we have been affected by the break. We really wanted a win in this game because we are in the relegation zone and in
such a situation you need to win games like this one,” Yadah coach Genesis Mangombe said after the match.
His counterpart Herbert Maruwa was happy with a point.
“Yadah are a good side and considering that they collected six points from us last season as a coach I am not worried. The point we got is very crucial to us.
We need to go back and make sure that in our next game against Dynamos we collect maximum points,” he said.
It was a match in which opportunities were few and far apart. Leeroy Murape had the best of them when he failed to beat Issah Ali in goals for Yadah in first
half stoppage time.
Kamudyariwa had a good chance for Yadah early in the second half, but dragged his effort wide while Murape and Tapiwa Sibanda came close for the army side.
At the National Sports Stadium, Taurai Mangwiro’s Triangle brought Herentals, two-match winning run to a grinding halt with a convincing two-nil victory.
Triangle stretched their unbeaten run to five matches following a slow start to the season.