City are mas­ters of the draw

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

Black Rhi­nos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Harare City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 HARARE CITY are al­ready plan­ning for next sea­son and are keenly await­ing the con­clu­sion of a 2017/18 Cas­tle Lager Premier Soc­cer League cam­paign that they will re­mem­ber for the re­mark­able num­ber of games they have drawn.

While glory still beck­ons in the Chibuku Su­per Cup, yes­ter­day they chalked up their 15th draw of the sea­son.

City for­ward Wil­liam Manondo heeded coach Mark Har­ri­son’s plea to take his cup scor­ing form to the league with a 70th minute header, but hosts Black Rhi­nos equalised in the 89th minute through cap­tain Bruce Homora’s headed ef­fort.

Har­ri­son cut a frus­r­tated fig­ure af­ter the match.

“We didn’t de­serve to win the game; but at the end of the day, when you get to that point where you should win but don’t it is highly dis­ap­point­ing.

“To­day we didn’t play, we didn’t de­serve to win the game. I am up­set be­cause we didn’t play well. I am up­set that when you do get a goal and you’re one nil up­front with one minute to go you should de­fend that goal,” he said.

City are sev­enth (42 points) with five games re­main­ing, and Har­ri­son is look­ing to next sea­son.

“We are al­ready plan­ning, we are al­ready look­ing into next sea­son wher­ever we end this sea­son it has been a re­sult of where we have come from.

“The next sea­son we have to im­prove on our sit­u­a­tion, we have to build slowly and surely we have to cre­ate a side that can chal­lenge ,it won’t be next sea­son, maybe in two sea­sons, but we al­ready plan­ning.

Her­bert Maruwa’s Black Rhi­nos are a point be­hind Harare City eightth on the ta­ble.

“We man­aged to con­trol the first half and then the sec­ond half they came strongly and got a goal. Af­ter mak­ing some sub­sti­tu­tions we got an equaliser,” the Rhi­nos coach said.

Black Rhi­nos started the match with diminu­tive for­wards Lot Chi­unga and Edgar Chigiji a con­stant threat to a Harare City side that strug­gled to play their pre­ferred pass­ing game.

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