Harare City, Black Rhinos in stalemate

Harare City……………………………….0

ZPC Kariba………………………………..0

HARARE City continue to search for a first Castle Lager Premiership win in the post Mark Harrison era with interim boss Mark Mathe saying only goals can make the difference after his side were held by ZPC Kariba at Rufaro on Saturday.

The result was also a continuation of ZPC Kariba’s scoring travails, who despite edging CAPS United at Nyamhunga last week, have scored only nine times while conceding 10 in 14 matches.

It was a frustrating afternoon for both sides as they lacked precision upfront as well as lady lucky, much to the chagrin of the coaches and supporters.

Harare City hit the crossbar from a powerful Munyaradzi Diro-Nyenye freekick outside the box five minutes into the second half.

Both sides enjoyed good spells in patches, but it counted for nothing.

The visitors enjoyed early possession, especially on the left flank where the skilful Nigel Makumbe was lovely. However, he somehow dramatically fizzled out.

City were struggling to impose themselves as the home team, but they slowly got into groove as their favoured passing game gave them some good spells.

Enterprising midfielder Ishmael Wadi almost grabbed a goal through when he twisted and turned in the box, only for his strike to be blocked for a corner after 10 minutes

ZPC Kariba’s Godswill Gwara shot wide after going clear at goal while lanky City striker Kuda Musharu almost snatched one before half-time but his effort was deflected out for a corner.

Mathe, who was in charge of his second match after drawing 1-1 away to Tel One last week, wanted a win and emphasised that goals are the only solution to this challenge.

“A point at home is not really good enough, but hey it could have been worse.

“I think we competed fairly well because when you analyse the game, you have to look at what the opponent does. ZPC Kariba stifled our fluency because they knew that if we played, we would have really opened them up.

“This is better than a loss. Going forward, we have to improve in our next game by scoring against Yadah,” Mathe said.

It’s the same concern for ZPC Kariba’s Godfrey Tamirepi.

“This is another game we have played without scoring away from home,” he said.

“The season has already taken off and we should be finding our footing. We are creating chances but failing to put them away, we need to improve on that.

“We had a very difficult first half, we didn’t do much with the ball. But we improved in the second half and started going forward, though we lacked that final pass. We took too long to settle,” said Tamirepi.

Teams:

Harare City

M Nyamupangedengu, M Machazani, C Mujuru, M Diro Nyenye, T Chimwemwe, H Chipusha, M Vengesayi (B Mutukure 73rd min), W Mukanga, K Musharu ( J Chipangura 80th min), I Wadi, D Chimwemwe ( W Manondo 56th min)

ZPC Kariba:

F Sibanda, I Nekati, M Kunyarimwe, J Marufu, S Appiah, B Juru, T Chamboko ( B Nyamuzihwa 83rd min), F Chirinda, G Gwara, N Makumbe (T Ranthokoane 61st min), S Gorododyo (T Chiunye 79th min)

Source: Sunday Mail