Harare City drop points again

HARARE - A section of Harare City fans bayed for coach Taurai Mangwiro’s blood after the Sunshine Boys shared the spoils with an improved Flame Lilly in a Castle Lager Premiership match yesterday.

The match saw Harare City midfielder James Jam turn from hero to villain after he scored a brace before he was given a red card 12 minutes from time after a misunderstanding with the referee Norman Matemera.

Jam reacted angrily when Matemera awarded the prison wardens a penalty after team-mate Tendai Samanja handled inside the box.

Flame Lilly’s Brighton Chandisaita stepped up to send Tafadzwa Dube the wrong way to secure a point for the Prison Wardens.

Prior to Chandisaita’s goal the visitors were the first to score eight minutes into the game through James Chivasa.

Harare City put up a spirited performance after the breather, Jam equalised a minute into the second half with a low shot inside the box.

The Sunshine Boys surged ahead in 70th minute after Jam received a pass from winger Tino Kadewere from outside the box to score with a spectacular shot.

However, City failed to protect their lead and Flame Lilly equalised from the penalty spot.

The results did not go well with a section of City fans who mobbed players team bus singing “Mangwiro usaita funny funny nevanhu” (Mangwiro please don’t take us for granted).

The draw was City’ third consecutive draw after they played to a goalless draw against CAPS United and Flame Lilly respectively.

However, Mangwiro displayed a brace face after the match.

“Look our targets is to finish in the top six and I don’t know the pressure you are talking of; we are still in the right direction in as far as our targets is concerned,” he said.

“To be honest with you, I think we were high up there as we managed to react especially after the first goal and also in the second half.

“For the red card, I don’t know what really transpired but I am going to talk to him (Jam). Going forward there is no easy game for us and we need to start winning our matches.”

Flame Lilly coach Backlyfield Chivenga was happy with the point.

“We should have won this game but I think a point away from home is good,” he said.

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