Buffaloes hold Harare City

HARARE - Harare City had to come from behind to force a draw against a fighting Buffaloes in a Castle Lager Premiership match here yesterday. 

The Sunshine Boys overcame an early poor second half showing to eventually settle for a draw with substitute Benson Maglasi cancelling out a Jacob Muzokomba opener.

“We had to rescue a point after we succumbed to Buffaloes lead. But I was disappointed because I felt Buffaloes failed to observe fair play. We, however, responded well and with a bit of luck we could have got maximum points,” City coach Taurai Mangwiro said after the match.

“There won’t be any easy games going forward. If you look most of the top teams in the top eight struggled to get maximum points. I am however disappointed because we dropped points at home.

“I hope we will improve in the next games.”

Mangwiro’s opposite number Saul Chaminuka blamed the draw on lack of concentration by his defence.

“I think we are making progress. We have lost some games but it was down to some silly mistakes. With this type of play I think we will survive relegation,” Chaminuka said.

“I think we conceded a soft goal and it has been the case in our previous matches.”

City struggled to find the rhythm of the slick short-passing game which has characterised their rise on the log table recently; although part of that failure was due to Buffaloes closing down their opponents quickly and harrying them off the ball.

But when City did get into the final third they always caused danger for the soldiers. Buffaloes’s main attempts to probe the City defence came from midfielder Prosper Matizanadzo who hit the cross bar in the second half.

There were also chances for former Dynamos striker Clive Kawinga who was making his first start for Buffaloes.

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