City draw yet again

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - SPORT - Brighton Zhawi

Harare City .............................0 Chicken Inn.............................0 NO TEAM is draw­ing like Harare City in the Cas­tle Premier Soc­cer League this sea­son.

City were held to their 14th draw, the most by any team so far this sea­son, by an im­pres­sive Chicken Inn side at Ru­faro yes­ter­day.

In the end, it was a pos­i­tive re­sult for Harare City who played sec­ond fid­dle and were lucky to sur­vive a Ni­cole Mu­tatiwa first half strike that hit the post.

Harare City coach Mark Har­ri­son ad­mit­ted as much.

“I don’t think we were pre­pared for them to press as hard as they did in the first half,” he said.

“They made it very dif­fi­cult for us to even try get started...I think only af­ter about 35 min­utes did we start to feel the ball a lit­tle bit.”

Har­ri­son blames poor fin­ish­ing for the num­ber of matches they have shared the spoils, but is hope­ful of a pos­i­tive fin­ish to the sea­son.

“We have drawn a lot of games, some games we should have won, some games maybe not, so it bal­ances a lit­tle bit.

“I think our mis­give this sea­son is we have not been able to fin­ish our chances.

“There are still a few more games to go, so we will try pick points and push up the ta­ble,” Har­ri­son said.

For all their de­light­ful pass­ing game, Chicken Inn could not score and this was largely due to Harare City’s big goal keeper Ryan Har­ri­son. And he was in imac­u­late form. The Bu­l­awayo side could have grabbed the lead in the 16th minute when a Mu­tatiwa strike from out­side the box hit the post to the left side of Har­ri­son’s goal be­fore rolling across goal to go out for a goal kick.

It was a clear sign of in­tent by the vis­i­tors who were un­lucky to lose In­no­cent Muchaneka who suf­fered an an­kle in­jury from a Hast­ings Cha­pusha chal­lenge mid­way the first half.

Harare City con­tin­ued chas­ing the ball and were aw­ful when in pos­ses­sion as they eas­ily turned it over.

City’s diminu­tive mid­fielder Tell­more Pio was the chief cul­prit in giv­ing away pos­ses­sion and when he was sub­sti­tuted for Marvin Gaki right on the stroke of half time, it told the first half story for the hosts. They im­proved in the sec­ond half. The Game­cock’s coach Joel An­tipas said yes­ter­day’s per­for­mance re­flected how they have per­formed this sea­son.

“That’s been our story the whole sea­son that we should have def­i­nitely grabbed points, but we either drew or lost.

“Of late we have been in­te­grat­ing some younger play­ers, they’re do­ing well, they will def­i­nitely be a force in the sea­sons to come,” he said.

“I thought we were the bet­ter side, es­pe­cially in the first half when we cre­ated nu­mer­ous chances but we failed to put them away...

“I wouldn’t say l was re­ally dis­ap­pointed but l thought we should have walked away with max­i­mum points,” said An­tipas.

Teams Harare City

R Har­ri­son, H Cha­pusha, T Chimwemwe, M Muchenje, W Manondo, P Mpelele, L Muyambo, R Uchena, I Wadi ( M Venge­sayi 84th), K Musharu ( W Mu­vir­imi 70th), T Pio (M Gaki 45th)

Chicken Inn

P Zen­dera, X Ndlovu, P Bernard, G Ma­jika (C Matawu 59th), M Jack­son, S Mu­nawa, O Chirinda, I Much­eneka (J Nyabinde 24th), N Mu­tatiwa, N Muchadeyi (K Nasama 76th), L Sit­hole,

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