ZPC, Caps in stale­mate at Nyamhunga

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ZPC Kariba 0-0 Caps United

CAPS United coach Lloyd Chitem­bwe was left sat­is­fied af­ter his team picked a point in a Cas­tle Lager Premier Soc­cer League match at Nyamhunga yes­ter­day against ZPC Kariba.

On a day that lead­ers FC Plat­inum were also held away in Dulibadz­imu by Bor­der Strik­ers, Makepekepe who had been rocked by in-house prob­lems could only man­age a draw as they failed to ccap­i­talise on the two points that the log lead­ers dropped in Beit­bridge.

But Chitem­bwe said he will still grab the point with both hands and will not look at it as a lost op­por­tu­nity to re­claim top spot.

“The most im­por­tant thing is pick­ing up points and I am sat­is­fied with the per­for­mance of the team and their re­sponse in this match af­ter the week­end match.This is foot­ball and you can­not win all the matches.

“It is not a chance lost that’s what foot­ball is all about. Ac­tu­ally we de­serve credit for the man­ner we have man­aged to re­duce the gap. We were trail­ing them by seven points at one time but we have man­aged to re­duce that’’, said Chitem­bwe.

The for­mer mid­fielder said the race is still on and the team which will avoid any slip ups will go home smil­ing at the end of the sea­son.

“I think like I have al­ways said the sea­son is still on but any team that slips up will rue the op­por­tu­nity but for us the most im­por­tant thing is the point we picked here,’’ said Chitem­bwe.

The two teams failed to sep­a­rate each other for the sec­ond time af­ter they drew 2-2 in Harare in the re­verse tie but yes­ter­day ZPC Kariba coach Sun­day Chidzambwa felt hard done by the missed chance by his winger Tal­ent Chawapiwa four min­utes be­fore the match.

War­riors tri­al­ist Chawapiwa found him­self with a lot of space on the left af­ter re­ceiv­ing a fine de­liv­ery but some­how hur­ried his ef­fort.

“I think it was a bal­anced match. We did not cre­ate many chances but some­times in foot­ball you should put away that half chance that you get and Tal­ent should have buried that one.

“But a draw against the team which is sec­ond on the log I think it’s not a bad re­sult. We played very well in Harare and cre­ated a lot of chances un­like to­day” said Chidzambwa.

“Chidzanbwa was also full of praises for goal­keeper Tak­abva Mawaya who stood in for num­ber one Tendai Hove.

“My goal­keeper is as good as his cap­tain and he does well when­ever he is called up for duty. Mawaya is re­li­able when­ever he is called for duty de­spite him not get­ting enough game time.’’

Mawaya who is sec­ond in charge did well to thwart Leonard Tsipa sev­eral times in a game that saw Chidzambwa de­ploy­ing five de­fend­ers.

Ex­cit­ing winger Chawapiwa was a hand­ful for the vis­i­tors but the hosts lacked the fi­nal touch es­pe­cially in the dy­ing min­utes when the for­mer had a good chance which was how­ever dealt with by the Caps United de­fend­ers.

Caps United had ear­lier on ab­sorbed the pres­sure but re­grouped af­ter the breather and Tsipa who was mak­ing his re­turn af­ter be­ing rested in the Chibuku Su­per Cup de­feat to Tsholot­sho wasted a good chance to score.

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