By Daniel Nhakaniso
CAPS UNITED . . . . . (0) 1
HARARE CITY . . . . .(0) 1
CAPS United’s search for their first win in the Chibuku Super Cup tournament continues as they needed yet another second half equaliser to rescue a point against Harare City in their second Group 1 encounter yesterday.
William Manondo’s close range finish in the 57th minute looked set to be the difference between the teams at the National Sports Stadium, until Ishmael Wadi scored in the 72nd minute to salvage a share of the spoils for Darlington Dodo’s side.
Dodo was left ruing his side’s defensive lapses which has seen them concede first in their opening two matches which have both ended in a draw.
“In terms of coming back I’m happy with how we respond, but I’m disappointed that we are allowing the opponents to take the lead and then we respond,” Dodo said after the match.
“We have to make sure we take out chances because we created the chances, some one-on-one chances where we could’ve finished off the game, so if we take those chances it would be a thing of the past for us to draw.”
The Caps United boss reserved special praise for his inform new signing Wadi, whose goal against his former side yesterday took his tally so far to three goals in two matches after his second half brace against Yadah last week.
“I’m happy for the boy; he’s a very good boy, a hard worker. He’s doing almost everything in training. He’s working very hard and he inspires the rest of the group because he wants to do things. The rest of the guys know the talent he possesses and if we utilise him more, we are going to score as many goals as we can,” he said.
Harare City coach Lloyd Chitembwe was satisfied with the draw although he complained of some refereeing decisions that went against his side.
“I thought it was a very good performance from the boys, there so much improvement from the last game. There were one or two situations that I thought could’ve gone our way and obviously changed the result of the match. There were one or two penalty calls I felt from where I was seating with a little bit of luck could’ve got a goal but unfortunately some of these things happen in football.”
Both Caps United and Harare City had contentious penalty calls waved away by referee Pedzisai Chadya
Harare City were aggrieved after the dangerous Clive Rupiya appeared to had been pushed down inside the box in the second minute while the Caps goalkeeper Tonderayi Mateyaunga brought down Emmanuel Mandiranga inside the box five minutes later.
Caps United had what looked like a genuine penalty appeal in the 36th minute when Hasting Chapusha brought down Wadi inside the box after a counterattack.
Rupiya also had the ball in the back of the net for City after converting a cross from Mandiranga, but was adjudged to have come from an offside position although replay showed he was onside.
Earlier Makepekepe had come very close to scoring with Balakasi squandering two good chances in quick succession on 24 minutes while Caps captain Ronald Chitiyo missed another good opportunity in the second half.
Makepekepe were punished for missed opportunities when Manondo showed composure to place the ball beyond Mateyaunga in the 57th minute after some brilliant work on the left by winger Clive Rupiya.
The goal ensured Manondo maintained a fine record in the Chibuku Super Cup tourney where he is the leading scorer.
Desperate to find the equaliser, Dodo introduced the attacking duo of Jimu Gwara and Tatenda Tumba for Balakasi and Joseph Tulani.
The change appeared to bring some impetus on the left flank of Caps United with Tumba combining well with half-time substitute Brendon Mpofu.
Caps United were finally rewarded for their never die spirit when Wadi headed home the equaliser after meeting a Chitiyo cross from the left.
The Caps skipper Chitiyo thought he had put his side ahead for the first time in the match but was denied by the City goalkeeper Maxwell Nyamupanedengu.
At the end both sides appeared content with a point ahead of the midweek fixtures.
Caps United: T Mateyaunga, T Mavhurume, M Nyenye, W Tafa, M Kunyarimwe (B Mpofu, 46), E Karembo, B Sarupinda, R Chitiyo (R Hachiro, 87), I Wadi (A Tavarwisa, 90), J Tulani (T Tumba, 65), T Balakasi (J Gwara, 65)
Harare City: M Nyamupanedengu, B Musaka, Z Bizeki, I Zambezi, H Chapusha, T Tavengwa M Machazani, D Masukuta (K Musharu, 82), C Rupiya, W Manondo, E Mandiranga (V Ndaba, 90)
Chibuku Super Cup results
Saturday: Bulawayo City 2-2 Bulawayo Chiefs, Black Rhinos 0-0 Cranborne Bullets, Yadah 0-4 Dynamos, Triangle United 1-2 FC Platinum
Yesterday: ZPC Kariba 0-0 Herentals, Ngezi Platinum Stars 3-0 Whawha, Chicken Inn 0-0 Highlanders, Tenax 2-1 Manica Diamonds, Caps United 1-1 Harare City
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