Shabanie Mine . . . . . . . . (0)
Caps United . . . . . . . . . . .(0)
Shabanie Mine and Caps United settled for a goalless draw in their opening Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match played at Maglas Stadium yesterday.
It was a game of very few chances with neither side offering a stern challenge as they seemed content in sharing points.
For Shabanie coach Luke Masomere, it was a great start to the season.
I am very much satisfied with the result. Its a great start to the season. Caps played better than us and deserved to win. We have seen our shortcomings and we will work on them.
I rate Caps United very highly, they have been together for a very long time, but it was a good match and I cannot complain with gaining a point, he said in his post-match interview.
Making his first touchline appearance for Caps United, manager Sean Connor attributed the teams failure to score to the bad condition of the Maglas pitch.
It was a good start to the season. I am happy with the point gained away from home. However I feel we deserved to win, but the pitch here is in a very bad state. It is difficult to play on such a surface, said Connor.
The visitors started the match on the offensive forcing three corner kicks in the opening five minutes, but the pressure yielded no goals.
Shabanie managed to absorb the pressure and offered resistance in the first half where no meaningful chances were created by either side, but the second half saw both sides playing with more purpose although the deadlock could not be broken.
The first real chance of the game came eight minutes into the second half when Shabanie striker Pevington Zimunya headed just wide a William Ngonya cross from the right. Six minutes from time, Caps midfielder Tawanda Munyanduris curling short fizzled just wide of the target as it became apparent that no team would score.