Hwange . . . . . . . . . .(1)1
Caps United. . . . . (0) 1
TAWANDA Nyamandwe scored an 87th minute equaliser to rescue a precious point for Caps United in their Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match against Hwange at the Colliery yesterday.
The gangly forward stabbed home past Hwange goalkeeper Timothy Sibanda from a goalmouth scramble with three minutes left on the clock to ensure the match ended in a stalemate.
The coalminers took the lead in the 17th minute courtesy of a thumping header by veteran striker Gilbert Zulu.
Hwange put on a spirited performance for the better part of the first half, although they failed to capitalise on a plethora of chances availed to them.
Caps United, who have blown hot and cold all season on the other hand struggled for rhythm with their efforts being thwarted by the coalminers’ spirited defending.
However, in the second half, Caps United awoke from their slumber after the introduction of Malawian import Gerald Phiri.
The exciting Phiri and Benson Maglasi, who both came in as second half substitutes brought a new lease of life into the visiting side’s attacks and Caps could have equalised earlier if their goal had not been ruled out for a foul on the goalkeeper.
Hwange coach Nation Dube admitted that his players had failed to utilise their dominance when it came to possession and they could have done better.
“We failed to utilise ball advantage as we lost a number of chances. We could have been talking of something else, but we were punished for making just one mistake. We will, however, bounce in the next matches and up our game”
His Caps United counterpart Taurai Mangwiro was satisfied with a point gained than the two they lost.
“Obviously we are disapointed not to have taken the three points, but a point on the road is a good result.”
He also highlighted that his second half substitutions had changed the complexion of the game.