BUFFALOES . . . . . . . . . .(0) (0)
ZPC KARIBA . . . . . . . . . .(0) (0)
LEAGUE debutants ZPC continue to defy odds against the big boys after they earned a point at Buffaloes yesterday to maintain their unbeaten record in the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League after four rounds of matches.
They could have snatched a late winner, like what they did against Dynamos and Harare City, but Pride Tafirenyika’s shot was parried away by the home side keeper Blessing Mwandimutsira.
ZPC Kariba are fourth on the log standings with eight points, two shy of leaders Dynamos while Buffaloes are 13th and three points behind their yesterday opponents.
Chaminuka blamed fatigue on his team’s performance after they made the long trip from their base in Kariba to Mutare by road.
“We did start this game well, but we failed to play according to our game plan,” he said.
“As a coach I am not happy with the game though we managed to pick a point. We didn’t really control the game and I don’t like such type of football. Maybe it was fatigue because we travelled from Kariba on Friday,” he said.
His counterpart Luke Masomere said the game was balanced and a point was not a bad result for him.
“The result was okay. It does not mean that when you are playing at home you should always get maximum points. In football you draw, win or lose,” said Masomere, who also managed a point in his last match against Caps United last week. We were not very sharp in the front. We were not very much composed and we are going to work on it,” he said.
In a game short of clear cut chances, the home side only managed to take full control of proceedings after the halftime break.
Some fine work involving Admire Dzumbunu, Frankson Bushiri and Moses Gutu on numerous occasions could have given Buffaloes the lead, but the finishing lacked precision.
In the 70th minute Jacob Muzokomba’s well taken shot outside the box went a few inches over the bar.
Nine minutes after the Buffaloes scare, Tafirenyika came close, but his snap shot was pushed out of play by Mwandimutsira as the two teams settled for a draw.