CHAPUNGU . . . . (1)
HARARE CITY . . . (1)
BY MUKUDZEI CHINGWERE
CHAPUNGU failed to utilise home advantage when they were held to a 1-1 draw by 10- man Harare City in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at Ascot yesterday.
Tongai Magwendere cancelled Talent Chawapiwa’s ealry strike to ensure a share of spoils.
The result means Chapungu have now gone for nine matches without a win, but yesterday they failed to utilise their dominance following a glut of missed chances by their strikers.
The stalemate leaves the municipal side on 30 points while the airmen are five points behind.
After the match, a disappointed Chapungu head coach John Nyikadzino felt his charges deserved maximum points.
“We could have won the match but overall, I am happy with our performance.
“Harare City are one of the best teams in the league and we did well against them,” said Nyikadzino.
Harare City coach Taurai Mangwiro was happy that they escaped with a point.
“The good thing is that we avoided defeat today.
“We are right on track and we can move on after this match,” said Mangwiro.
The visitors quickly settled in the match and were rewarded with a goal as early as the 11th minute when Chawapiwa finished an impressive move from the right.
The host pushed hard for an equaliser buoyed by the support of their fans. Magwendere deservedly equalised when he headed Hillary Mugoniwa’s coner kick after half an hour of action.
The city fathers were reduced to 10 in the last minute of the match
after Crispen Dickson’s reckless lunge on Philip Marufu earned him a red card.