Mathe blasts CAPS strikers

HARARE - CAPS United coach Mark Mathe was left disappointed with his strikers after they wasted a number of chances in yesterday’s 1-1 draw with lowly Tsholotsho in a Castle Lager Premiership match.

The Green Machine were their own enemies after creating a number of scoring opportunities but in particular Dominic Chungwa and Leonard Tsipa all wasted a number of chances.

Chungwa was the first to score for the home side when he headed home Phineas Bamusi’s cross five minutes before the break.

United failed to build on the lead and were punished when Tafadza Jaravani, who had come on for Nixon Gama, headed home the equaliser for the visitors.

After the match Mathe said: “We were too wasteful, we were too generous at the end of the day and we suffered the consequences for missing our scoring chances.

“It was clear that Tsholotsho needed a draw but we created chances but they were experimenting too much and we can’t continue with this type of performance.

“Going forward we want to be more clinical in front of goal. We shouldn’t have dropped these points and I’m going to tell my strikers that they are here at the club to score goals.

“Our strikers must go back to the basics and not to try to be stylish; they must score goals and look, there is no ugly goal. They all count.

“Our finishing leaves a lot to be desired and I think it’s the area we must work on and my players must bear in mind that we win games by scoring.

The former Highlanders coach refused to press the panic button saying they can still achieve their target of finishing in the top four.

After yesterday’s draw, Makepekepe remain in seventh place with 29 points while Tsholotsho are on the last relegation spot with 17 points.

“Look, we can still achieve our targets of finishing in the top four but we need to start winning each and every game we play, we cannot afford to drop points at this stage of the season,” said Mathe.

Tsholotsho coach Lizwe Sweswe was delighted with the draw and is still hopeful that his team will survive the chop at the end of the season.

“I am very happy, one point away playing against CAPS it’s good for us,” he said. “We still have a chance of surviving relegation and we are going to put maximum effort so that we win every game we play.

“I think the only tough matches we are still to play are against Triangle and Dynamos and our target is to collect at least four points from those matches.”

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