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Monoz hold Mighty Bulls

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Daniel Nhakaniso
Monomotapa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0
Motor Action . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0

Reigning champions Motor Action blew a glorious chance to move to the apex of the log after they were held to a goalless draw Monomotapa in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at Gwanzura yesterday.

The Mighty Bulls who have now drawn their last four consecutive matches moved to 29 points, just a point behind log leaders FC Platinum and have not won since the 2-0 away win to Highlanders on May 29.

Ironically yesterday’s stalemate was also Monoz’s fourth in as many matches and 10th in 15 matches as they maintained 10th position on 19 points.

Antipas conceded that his team lacked creativity despite dominating possession but said he was confident they would come back strongly despite drawing their last four matches.

“We dominated ball possession but we didn’t create as many chances as we could have wanted and it was disappointing to come out of the match with only one point.

“As far as the championships race I feel we are still in it. Yes we have not been winning but I feel it is just a passing phase and I’m confident we will come back,” said Antipas.

His opposite number Taurai Mangwiro said: “I’m happy with the way the guys are playing although my only worry is that we haven’t been converting the chances we create. We are on a rebuilding exercise and so far I’m happy with our progress.”

The first half saw both teams taking a cautious approach as no side wanted to go behind, and that would be story of the day as the match ended in a tedious draw.

Motor Action dominated the possession but lacked the creativity in their midfield leaving the two strikers Edmore Chitato and Kuda Musharu having to come dip in search of possession.

However it was Monomotapa who created the best chance of the first stanza through striker Osborn Mukuradare after a lob in the box by Makai Kawashu on the half-hour mark.

The Motor Action skipper however used his experience to perfection by quickly advancing from his line and narrowing the angle towards for Mukuradare who shot straight into Jani’s waiting arms.

Up until that point no team had threatened the other’s goal, but that one incident seemed to change the dynamics of the game.

Soon after Motor Action opened up a bit but had to wait until the 55th minute when Chitato blazed his shot over the bar from inside the box after a neat pass by Kawashu. The dreadlocked striker didn’t realise he had more time and space to make a second touch before picking his spot.

The introduction of creative midfielder Allen Gahadzikwa and striker Enasio Perezo in the second half, injected some life in the Mighty Bulls’ attacks as they seemed to awaken from their slumber.

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