Waste­ful Mutare, ZPC Kariba draw

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ray Bande in Mutare

Mutare City Rovers 0-0 ZPC Kariba REL­E­GA­TION can­di­dates Mutare City Rovers set­tled for a draw against ZPC Kariba in a dull Cas­tle Lager Premier­ship soc­cer match at Sakubva yes­ter­day.

The re­sult left Bu­l­awayo side Tsholot­sho with a real chance of over­tak­ing Mutare City Rovers on the third from base­ment po­si­tion, only if the Bu­l­awayo out­fit pre­vail against Harare City at Lu­veve to­day.

Both Mutare City Rovers and ZPC Kariba were guilty of squan­der­ing clear-cut scor­ing chances that came their way dur­ing this life­less en­counter played be­fore a pal­try crowd.

Even vet­eran gaffer Sun­day “Mhofu” Chidzambwa of ZPC Kariba ad­mit­ted that his play­ers failed to utilise the chances they cre­ated.

“As for our part, we didn’t play well. We cre­ated many chances to hit at goal but some­how we couldn’t. Each time we cre­ated a scor­ing op­por­tu­nity we were ei­ther un­nec­es­sar­ily stylish or sim­ply waste­ful.

“Yes, Mutare City have posted good re­sults be­fore and have played well be­fore but to­day they were just out of form. We could’ve beaten them by a wide mar­gin if we had utilised all the chances that we cre­ated. If we travel all the way from Kariba to come here and play a team like this then set­tle for a draw, we re­ally have to look into our­selves and an­a­lyse if we’re re­ally se­ri­ous,” said Chidzambwa.

Mutare City Rovers were the first to cre­ate a scor­ing op­por­tu­nity when out of sorts Manuel Meleka con­trolled the ball in­side the box but his weak ef­fort was eas­ily cleared by ZPC Kariba’s Thomas Sweswe.

For­mer Harare City for­ward Agrippa Murimba, a usu­ally trusted gun­slinger for the Mutare side, added his name to the list of vil­lains when he shot far wide off tar­get from close range af­ter be­ing clev­erly set up by Bright Ma­ja­manda.

Tawanda Mun­yan­duri could have put his team into the lead in the 22nd minute when he got to the end of a tan­ta­lis­ing Lim­ited Chikafa cross, but Mun­yan­duri headed off tar­get when it seemed much eas­ier to di­rect his ef­fort into the net.

City Rovers gaffer Taku Shariwa said given the fa­tigue that came with play­ing three com­pet­i­tive matches in­side one week, the point gained was worth­while.

“We had three matches in­side one week and I could see the fa­tigue. How­ever, the point gained was very vi­tal for us in our fight to sur­vive rel­e­ga­tion. We would have loved to get all the three points but that’s how the game of foot­ball goes. We just have to go back to the draw­ing board and plan for our next

match,” he said.

Teams Mutare City Rovers: ZPC Kariba:

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