Keepers steal the show as CAPS United, Highlanders share spoils

CAPS United............................0
Highlanders.............................0

HARARE - Goalkeepers Prosper Chigumba and Ariel Sibanda put in wonderful performances as CAPS United and Highlanders shared spoils in a lively Castle Lager Premiership match yesterday.

Both sides put in some enterprising football which kept the fans on the edge of their seats but it was the two men in gloves that decided the outcome of this match.

Chigumba and Sibanda made a number of tremendous saves that ensured both teams could not find the back of the net.

Makepekepe remain in fifth place on the log with 44 points from 28 games while Bosso are sixth just a point behind.

United coach Lloyd Chitembwe was delighted with his team’s performance although it only produced a single point.

“I just want to give credit to both teams because this was a good exhibition of local football and personally, I knew that Highlanders are a good football team,” Chitembwe said after the match.

“This kind of a performance was expected; I thought we had our very good chances especially in the first half as we dominated between their lines and even behind their defence.

“Unfortunately in the second half, they came back much stronger and they also dominated us between the lines and running behind the defence.

“They also created some good scoring opportunities but they couldn’t score. At the end of the day, it’s a well-deserved point and we take it with pride.” 

Bosso technical manager Madinda Ndlovu thought his side edged it in the second half, unfortunately they could not take their chances.

“I think it was a game of two halves. Both teams played brilliant football with CAPS United taking the first half,” Ndlovu said.

“They played possessional football; very thorough and with a lot of experienced players and at one stage I thought today was the day my team was going to concede five.

“As the game progressed, my boys came to the party as we managed to go to the break at 0-0.

“Then the second half was a game of minds now because we had to test them in terms of their defensive mechanisms; we had to step up a bit as we tried to attack them.

“It worked very well for us in the sense that we managed to create reasonable chances but not reasonable enough in terms of joy; that’s the nature of the game and I don’t blame my boys.”

The first real chance of the match fell to Bosso in the 17th minute when Valentine Musarurwa played a poor back pass to Chigumba which was intercepted by Nigel Mukumbe.

The Bosso midfielder’s low shot was then saved by Chigumba, who made himself big by narrowing the angle before diving to his left.

Milton Ncube had the ball in the back of the net for Makepekepe when his cross somehow evaded Sibanda just after the half hour mark.

The goal was, however, ruled out for offside against CAPS’ forward Abrasim Chidiebere.

At the close of the half, Mukumbe forced a wonderful save from Chigumba when his free kick almost went in at the near post.

From the resultant corner, Chigumba made another terrific save from Gabriel Nyoni’s header.

At the start of the second half, Musarurwa watched in disbelief as his well-struck shot from the edge of the box was tipped over for a corner by Sibanda.

Brian Banda then missed a glorious opportunity when he skied his shot way over the bar from close range after a strong run by Mukumbe on the right led to a cut back
that evaded the Makepekepe defence.

Chidiebere then made a weak connection with a cross from substitute Hardlife Zvirekwi’s cross but his effort still needed Sibanda to save.

Bosso’s best chance to win the game then fell to forward Newman Sianchali after a mistake by Cabby Kamhapa. Chigumba bailed out his team with a wonderful save at Sianchali’s feet before the ball went out for a corner.

The Makepekepe keeper was in the thick of action as he made another tremendous save from a Nyoni header after a late Bosso corner kick.

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