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TRIANGLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0
CAPS United’s title push suffered a major blow yesterday after they were held to a goalless draw by visiting Triangle in a Castle Lager Premiership match at the National Sports Stadium.
BY TAWANDA TAFIRENYIKA
The Green Machine, who wasted several chances, went into the match gunning for the top position after leaders FC Platinum slumped to their first defeat of the campaign to ZPC Kariba on Saturday.
But Triangle, now under the guidance of veteran coach David Mandigora, proved difficult to break as they gave everything to ensure a share of the spoils.
The Harare giants claimed second spot with 18 points from nine matches — two behind leaders FC Platinum, while Triangle remained on fifth position with 16 points from the same number of matches.
Caps United, though could have killed off the match at the stroke of full time, but second half substitute Chrispen Machisi watched in disappointment as his effort crashed against the cross bar.
The Green Machine had started brightly carving out good chances, but ageless striker Leonard Tsipa was guilty of a miss on the 6th minute, following a good set up by Dominic Chungwa.
Triangle, to their credit, refused to be cowed into submission and threatened their more illustrious opponents matching them blow for blow.
And on 37th minute, former Dynamos defender Guthrie Zhokinyu missed a glaring scoring opportunity for Triangle following a wonderful free kick by skipper Lameck Nhamo on the edge of the box. In the second half, Abbas Amidu could have thrust Caps United ahead, but he directed his effort wide.
Caps United coach Lloyd Chitembwe was, however, satisfied with the result.
“It was never going to be easy and we are content with the result. We are still with the leading pack and we are happy with that,” Chitembwe said.
His counterpart, Mandigora said the draw was a fair result.
“A draw is a fair result for us. We played well in the first 15 minutes, but we struggled much of the first half. But in the second half we tried our best and we are happy with a point. We are also happy with where we are on the log at the moment. Obviously, our target is to be the champions,” he said.
Caps United: J Muchambo, V Musarurwa, J Jangano, D Dauda, S Makatuka, K Nyamupfukudza, J Ngodzo, A Amidu (S Nhivi), P Bhamusi, D Chungwa, L Tsipa (C Machisi 79)
Triangle: R Mudimu, R Kawondera, N Meson, K Chigwida, G Zhokinyu, T Huwa, H Maindi (M Mukumba 50), M Gaki (J Chivasa ), C Dennias, N Maziwisa, N Lameck