CAPS United fire blanks

HARARE - CAPS United had their goalkeeper Chris Mverechena to thank after he pulled off several spectacular saves as they were held by a fired up Flame Lily here yesterday.

In truth United were never in the game for the entire afternoon and survived by the skin of their teeth, thanks to the brilliance of man of the match Mverechena.

Makepekepe coach Mark Harrison blamed his team’s below par performance on over excitement as the club returned to normalcy after Farai Jere acquired an 80 percent stake in the team to leave Twine Phiri with 20 percent equity recently.

“I’m obviously gutted you know; it was a shocking result. We never played from the first whistle to the last,” Harrison said after the match.

“I just tell the players (after the game) all the euphoria was being going around from last week court up with them I think.

“The feeling great about themselves, all of a sudden getting paid bonuses and the likes I think it court up with them today. Things are starting to steady down now, we are starting to see serious things happening that should happen in a professional football club.

“It’s good and it’s great but all of a sudden it seems all the euphoria overtook the players today and they got carried. We didn’t show any desire to win the game. We were too easy, too loose and made so many things wrong.  

“It’s not acceptable losing two points to Flame Lily. It’s not we disrespecting Flame Lily but we should have performed better. 

On Mverechena Harrison said: “His hands are good he pulled out a couple of important saves today”

Flame Lily, who were beginning life without Nesbert Saruchera, who was relieved of his duties for poor results last week, were unlike to not to collect maximum points after keeping United on the back foot for the better part of the game.

Backlyfield Chivenga, who is the acting coach for the prison wardens, was happy with the point but admits a lot of work needs to be done in their quest to survive relegation.

“I think we came in with a bit of caution because this is a big side. We need to contain them for some few minutes and see how we progressed,” Chivenga said.

“Once we got the gear of going up we started moving up. I am happy with the point but I think there is still a lot of work to be done.”

Flame are now on 10 points sitting second from the bottom on the log table while the Green Machine have 20 points and sit seventh on the log table.

CAPS United: Chris Mverechena, Hardlife Zvirekwi, Ronald Pfumbidzayi, Carlton Munzabwa, Stephen Makatuka, George Nyirenda, Moses Muchenje (Valentine Musarurwa 73 min), Godknows Mangani, Takudzwa Mahori (Romerio Matova 61) min, Kudzai Nyamupfukudza (Roderick Mutuma 41 min), Leonard Tsipa

Flame Lily: Earnmore Hamandishe (Prosper Chigumba 45 min), Gift Phiri, Bright Chayambuka, Effort Kapeni, Brighton Chandisaita, Tenda Huwa, Edwi Madhananga, Motion Muponda, Virimai Mukudo, MacMillan Chigora (Prosper Chinyama 71 min), Webster Muronda (Moses Demera 64 min)

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