Monomotapa were at their best as they overhauled a two-goal deficit to force a draw with champions Gunners in an exciting Premier Soccer League match at Rufaro stadium on Sunday.
A goal from Tendai Samanja, a minute into the second half and a screamer by Kudakwashe Musharu in the 78 minute cancelled out a brace by Qadr Amini.
The national team trialist scored from the spot twice in the 4th and 26th minutes for the visitors.
Gunners, who are now on 37 points, leap frogged Caps United to fourth position after the Green Machine were stunned 2 – 1 by Hwange at the Colliery.
Monomotapa also moved up the ladder to fifth position, but with the same number of points as Gunners. Monoz coach Taurai Mangwiro was happy with his charges’ performance.
“It was unfortunate we conceded two goals from the penalty spot in the first half, but we were never in danger of losing the match. My team created a lot of chances and Gunners hardly threatened our goal,” said Mangwiro.
Mangwiro also credited the team’s half time talk to the brilliant second–half performance by his side.
“I simply told them to continue playing their game, not to despair or to be frustrated. The boys were frustrated after the two penalty decisions by the referee but I gave them assurance to go and play their football and it paid off,” added Mangwiro.
His opposite number, Darlington Dodo, who has led his team to five consecutive draws, said his team failed “simple football basics”.
Monomotapa: T Mafunga, T Kumbuyani, O Mushure, V Chitema (M Kawashu 77th mins), L Simango, F Mangezi, B Mapfumo, T Samanja, D Kamunega (J Mutambiranwa 65 mins), K Musharu, T Nyamandwe.
Gunners: T Dube, Q Amini, C Makuruva (C Sekete 85th mins), N Maroto, N Togara, E Meleka, D Vheremu, H Zvirekwi, T Magwendere, D Rediyoni (N Ziwini 57th mins), A Sadiki