Shabanie . . . . . . . . . . .0
Caps United . . . . . . . . 0
CAPS United wasted a good opportunity of topping the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League log standings when they were held by Shabanie Mine at Maglas Stadium yesterday.
Their trip was doomed from the start for the Harare team with reports that two players Ronald Pfumbidzai and Stephen Makatuka refused to travel for the match in protest over allowances.
Striker Dominic Chungwa also missed the trip because of injury and so did the suspended Charles Mukanhaire.
It appeared the off-field problems affected the visiting team as it was Shabanie Mine who were dominant in the match and created the better chances, which they, however, failed to convert.
After watching his side dropping the two points at home, Shabanie Mine coach John Phiri in his post-match interview threatened he will resign if his team loses in their next fixture at Chicken Inn.
Phiri seems to be frustrated by the team’s recent results as they have failed to pick maximum points in the last seven matches.
The Zvishavane based team is currently sitting on 13th position with 27 points.
Caps started the match on third position, just three points behind leaders ZPC Kariba and with a real chance of moving to the top of the log with a win but they failed to capitalize.
The Chinda Boys dominated the match and could have scored in the 14th minute but Allan Tavarwisa dragged his shot wide after put through by the energetic Carlos Mesi.
Dreadlocked Xolani Ncube wasted another opportunity for his side minutes later when his shot cannoned off George Nyirenda’s head for a corner.
However, Caps United slowly crept back as the match progressed with Hardlife Zvirekwi instrumental in the team’s raids.
It was Shabanie Mine who were the better side in the second half but could not breach the Caps United defense with Tavarwisa wasting most of the team’s chances.
Caps United coach Taurai Mangwiro was a happy man to escape with a point.
“We did not play according to plan and Shabanie was a better team but am happy to collect a point away from home,” said Mangwiro.
Phiri was naturally disappointed by the result. He also blamed the match day officials for the draw.