Rhinos, Byo City share points

HARARE - Bulawayo City coach Mandla Mpofu was disappointed that his side failed to beat a Black Rhinos side that was there for the taking in a Castle Lager Premiership match yesterday.

Rhinos had taken the lead in the first half through forward Benjamin Marere’s header but Amakhosi came back in the second half with Innocent Kutsanzira equalising with a well-taken strike from the edge of the box.

However, City completely dominated the second half and should have scored the second but could not find a way past Rhinos goalkeeper Herbert Rusawo.

Ishmael Wadi had a shot from close range saved by Rusawo while Kutsanzira’s header six minutes from time crashed against the cross bar.

“We looked a little bit tired in the first half because we played two games in a space of five days; we played ZPC Kariba last Saturday, CAPS United on Wednesday,” Mpofu said after the match.

“We were sluggish in the first half and we got punished but we were a different team in the second half.

“There were a lot of positives; we were building from the back, keeping possession, creating scoring opportunities and we got the goal.

“It’s just unfortunate that we couldn’t get the second one but our second half performance was just unbelievable.”    

Black Rhinos coach Stanford “Stix” Mutizwa admitted that it was a game of two halves but felt his strikers should have killed off the game when they had the upper hand.

“You know we started very well and got a goal in the first half which we failed to protect and allowed them to come back in the second half to get an equaliser. I blame my players for letting that lead slip,” he said.

“We have been crying after each and every game about not putting away our chances.

“Today we could not utilise the chances we created.

“I’m so disappointed with my strikers because we should have won this game. If you miss a lot of chances you are bound to be punished like what Bulawayo City did today.

“They also nearly got a winner so we have to go back to the drawing board in order to polish on our finishing.”

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