Hwange . . . . . . . . . . 0
Monomotapa . . . . . 0
HWANGE failed to capitalise on home advantage after being held to a goalless draw by Monomotapa in a Castle Premier Soccer League encounter at the Colliery Stadium yesterday.
The match was a seesaw encounter as both teams displayed good football, but the goals just could not come. Biggie Zuze, the Monomotapa head coach, was expecting a win after suffering a heavy 5-2 defeat at the hands of Highlanders last Thursday.
“Coming from a heavy defeat, we thought we were going to make it. We had two clear chances, but failed to produce a goal, but at least our defence played very well today (yesterday),” Zuze said.
Hwange coach Nation Dube admitted the game was tough, but was content at making it seven points from the last three matches.
The first-half of the game was dominated by the visitors and they could have been rewarded 13 minutes on, but Ismael Lawe’s goal-bound effort was punched out by veteran goalkeeper Timothy Sibanda. Monomotapa continued to probe their opponents while the hosts struggled to create goal-scoring opportunities until the second-half.
The game was more lively in the second-half after Dube made a change in the 58th minute when Tafara Chese replaced Farayi Vimisayi. Chese proved to be a formidable force for the Monoz defence side as he managed to slip through creating multiple scoring opportunities only for fellow striker Evans Rusike to miss.
In the dying minutes of the game, Hwange staged an onslaught on the Monoz goal when they allowed Chese to get into a dangerous position to unleash a shot that missed the target by a whisker .