CAPS fire blanks

HARARE - ‘Sterile’ CAPS United strikers reminded their new coach Lloyd Chitembwe of his difficult task to turn things around, by putting one of their worst performances against a plucky relegation-fighting Buffaloes.

But the returning Chitembwe felt they were ‘unlucky’ not to beat Buffaloes.

“I thought the guys applied themselves well, they showed terrific desire. The dominance is what we expected but it wasn’t as complete as we wanted but I thought they applied themselves well and in as far as finishing is concerned it’s a process, it’s something that we can obviously work on and hopefully we will improve with more time and games,” Chitembwe said after the match.

“Overall performance was good and I hope the goals will start coming soon. We can be satisfied with the performance but not with the result — we were unlucky. We did not make the right choices in the final third but we played fantastic as a team.”

This was in contrast with a cacophony of jeers from the irate Makepekepe fans who were left frustrated by the team’s lack of conversion of a glut of chances that came their way.

This was the same story under assistant coach Mark Mathe, were the team failed terribly in front of goal against Tsholotsho and Dongo Sawmills in games which ended in disappointing draws— thereby taking the team of out of the title race.

Yesterday, the Green Machine had plenty of chances to break the deadlock but they were held to a frustrating goalless draw in Chitembwe’s first match since his return to the Makepekepe dugout two weeks ago.

Chitembwe replaced Mathe following a string of poor results and but his team had to settle for a draw after Dominic Chungwa and Leonard Tsipa took turns to miss clear-cut chances.

Buffaloes played second fiddle to a Makepekepe side that dominated large parts of the match.

In truth, they were fortunate to escape with a draw after United had the army side pinned back for most parts of the game.

Buffaloes assistant coach Joseph Takaringofa was happy with his team’s performance but was not so impressed with the officiating.

“It was a good game. We played very well but on a good day we could have won the game. I don’t think that was an offside and I think we have been robbed. It happens each time we play these big teams but I felt we need to have a fair field of play,” Takaringofa said.

United were dangerous both in the early and later exchanges with Tsipa, Chungwa and Godknows Mangani, keeping the Buffaloes back-line on their toes.

The second half saw Makepekepe show the same intent, imposing themselves both in midfield and attack but decision-making in the final third proved to be their biggest let down.

Buffaloes looked livelier as the game wore on and Clive Kawinga hit the cross bar in the 60th minute before his strike in the 84 minute was ruled out for offside.

The Green Machine, somehow, must have felt there is no justice in football as they continued to pile pressure but failed to find the back of the net.

Tsipa missed a golden opportunity in the later stages and so did second half substitute, Equatorial Guinea import, Tony Fugo.

Teams:

CAPS United: Jorum Muchambo, Carlton Mudzambwa, Justice Jangano, Hardlife Zvirekwi, Steven Makatuka, Moses Muchenje, Dominic Mukandi, Phineas Bhamusi, Godknows Mangani, Leonard Tsipa, Dominic Chungwa

Buffaloes: Chenge Tandadzai, Philip Chandisaita, Kudzai Mwaramba, Kudzanai Chigwida, Vincent Makaha, Prosper Matizanadzo, Shepered Nkata, Philip Thembani, Farai Banda, Lloyd Katongomara, Clive Kawinga

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keeper Manzungu - 27 February 2016

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