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Green Machine’s top-eight dream dented


Harare City. . . . .0
CAPS United . . . 0
CAPS United’s chances of finishing in the top eight received a dent after being held to a goalless draw by 10-men Harare City at Rufaro Stadium on Wednesday.
Report by Albert Marufu, Senior Sports Reporter

On an afternoon they dropped two points, CAPS United did not move from position nine where they settle with 35 points, while City are a rung below with 34 points.

City’s Trymore Nyamadzawo was red-carded by referee Ruzive Ruzive three minutes after the restart following a tackle on Edmore Chafungamoyo, but the decision appeared rather harsh.

In a match that reasserted local football’s ardent belief in juju, a CAPS United supporter chased after a young boy, barely nine-years-old and suspected by fans of having been sent to sprinkle juju after storming the pitch. The supporter whisked the frightened boy off to the city end stand that housed the majority of CAPS United fans, who threatened to beat the minor.

Fortunately, a level-headed section of United fans restrained their fellow supporters to save the young boy’s skin. Save for the drama — which occurred at half time — the match itself provided little entertainment, with an out-of-sorts Nqobile Mpala missing a few glaring chances for United.

CAPS United coach Taurai Mangwiro said his charges were too desperate for a win, making them error-prone.

“We expected a tough match from Harare City.  It is unfortunate that we failed to bury the few chances that we created. We lost the match in the midfield,” said Mangwiro. Harare City coach Bigboy Mawiwi said they had prepared well for the game and praised his “novices” for a good game.

“It is a good result, but we could have won it with a bit of luck. We also had that red card and that free-kick which hit the upright post. Our target now is to win the next matches,” said Mawiwi.

United were the first team to settle, but Mpala, unmarked in the box, skied a Leonard Fiyado cross from the right with 13 minutes on the clock.

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