PSL round-up: CAPS escape Maglas with point

HARARE - Shabanie Mine failed to utilise the many chances they got and were held to a goalless draw by CAPS United in a Castle Premiership match at Maglas Stadium yesterday.

The home side, under pressure to win after losing their last match 3-0 to ZPC Kariba, started positively by probing the Makepekepe backline at every turn.

Shabanie, however, found a stumbling block in goalkeeper Tafadzwa Dube, who stubbornly denied the home team on many occasions.

The Chinda Boys dominated the midfield where newboy Wellington Kamudyariwa was a thorn in the flesh for the visitors but he was let down by his strikers Allen Tavarwisa and Carlos Mesi.

The two forwards were guilty of wasting numerous chances as they either shot wide or straight at Dube.

After the match, Shabanie coach John Phiri was left to rue those missed chances but took heart in a good display by his players.

CAPS assistant coach Mike Madzivanyika paid tribute to the Green Machine defence for a splendid performance.

“We didn’t start well. Shabanie were all over us but our defence remained resolute. We managed to hang on until late when we started creating chances but we couldn’t get a goal.
Otherwise it was a good game,” said Madzivanyika

In Kadoma, FC Platinum new coach Norman Mapeza’s good start at the Zvishavane-based side continued with a 1-0 win over Black Rhinos.

Second half substitute Aubrey Chirwa scored the only goal of the match five minutes from time when he finished off a rebound after Qadr Amin’s shot was blocked.

It was Mapeza’s second game in charge of the platinum miners after taking charge for the first time in the 3-0 win over Bantu Rovers in the Chibuku Super Cup first round over the weekend.

My players are slowly adapting to my style of play. I received a lot of praise after beating Bantu Rovers in our last match and with the resources at my disposal, I can’t complain,” said Mapeza after the match.

Rhinos coach Jostein Mathuthu said: “I can only rue the missed chances we failed to convert in the first half but it’s not the end of the world. We will try to work hard to win our next game.”

Another new coach who continued with his purple patch is Masimba Dinyero, who guided Harare City to 3-2 victory over Bantu Rovers at Hartsfield Rugby Stadium in Bulawayo.

Striker Osbourne Mukuradare turned from hero to villain for the Sunshine Boys after scoring a hat-trick before he was red carded.

Mukaradare was shown his marching orders by referee Mandlenkosi Sibanda after picking up his second yellow card but by that time he had already scored three times to sink Rovers.

The Bantu goals were scored by defender Herbert Dick and Tafadzwa Kutinyu.

In the Lowveld, Chiredzi FC appear to be losing the fight against relegation after they went down 1-0 to visiting Chicken Inn at Chishamiso Stadium.

In the late kickoff at the same venue, How Mine and Buffaloes played out a 1-1 draw.

Katsigu Jiwakinyu scored for the visitors but the gold miners were able to reply immediately through Kuda Musharu.

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