Gerald Phiri rescues CAPS

HARARE - Gerald Phiri scored direct from the corner kick as CAPS United rallied from behind to force a draw against plucky ZPC Kariba here yesterday.

The Green Machine put behind their in-house problems with a performance worth winning any match but poor finishing from their strikers ensured a share of the spoils.

CAPS United are experiencing some financial problems with majority shareholder Twine Phiri struggling to finance the club.

It was Makepekepe’s Malawian import, however, who put smiles on faces of the team’s fans when he scored directly from the corner kick seven minutes from the break.

The wonder goal cancelled out ZPC’s opener scored by Raphael Manuvire after only 14 minutes.

In truth, ZPC Kariba were lucky to escape with a point and Makepekepe coach Mark Harrison was left disappointed after watching his charges waste numerous scoring opportunities.

“I’m gutted we didn’t win the game,” said the Briton after the match.

“We created so many goal chances which should have won the game by five or so goals. There were trying to hit us on the break and they capitalized in the opening 15minutes.

“We re-grouped and took control of the game. We created so many chances which we could have scored. The good thing is we are creating those chances and we now need to work on finishing them. I’m disappointed we dropped two points.”

ZPC Kariba assistant coach Godfrey Tamirepi admitted his charges were far from convincing but lauded a point picked.

“I’m only happy we managed to pick a draw but the performance was not good,” said the ZPC Kariba assistant coach.

“We did manage to utilize the few chances that came our way although we could have done better. I think we were very fortunate because they missed some good scoring chances.

“We now need to go back at the drawing board and regroup so that we improve on our next assignments.”

United showed their intent from the onset and Gerald Phiri should have opened the scoring when he miscued a Takudzwa Mahori cross.

It was at that moment that United were caught on break by the visitors, who went on to score after Manuvire was at the end of the good team move that also involved Pride Tafirenyika and Artwell Nyamiwa.

It was Manuvire’s fifth goal of the season as he shot from the edge of the box to beat CAPS keeper Chris Mverechena.

Makepekepe quickly re-grouped after conceding and were in control of the match from there on.

ZPC defender Sylvester Appiah was alert to clear off the line an effort from Dominic Mukandi just after the half-hour mark.

United didn’t have to wait for long though for the equaliser as Gerald Phiri’s corner kick beat ZPC goalie Tapiwa Zvaita.

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