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CAPS United’s winless run continued yesterday following a 1-1 draw with Chicken Inn in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at Bata Stadium.
Genius Mutungamiri was on target for the Gamecocks, while defender Lincoln Mangayira equalised for Caps United.
Lloyd Chitembwe’s side recorded their eighth match without a win as they remain stuck too close to the basement.
They have picked just four points from their last eight matches following draws against Black Rhinos, ZPC Kariba, Triangle and Chicken Inn.
They lost to Ngezi Platinum Stars, Manica Diamonds, Herentals and FC Platinum during that period. The Green Machine dropped to 12th position on the log with 27 points, but Chitembwe seems not worried.
“This was a better performance than last week. Our defending was bad last week against FC Platinum, but this time, we were resolute.
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“We were stronger in the second half, it was pleasing and we could have even won the match, if we had been clinical. As a coach, I have to be there to push the guys, but we will soon get the results.
“This was a tough match (which) I felt my boys did exceptionally well to get a point. Had it not been for that mistake by Tonde [Tonderai Mateyaunga], maybe we could have won,” Chitembwe said.
Chicken Inn coach Prince Matore was disappointed by his team’s failure to convert, despite creating better chances.
“We created a lot of chances in the first half, but the second half was a bit tough because we were playing against the wind,” he said.
“It was difficult to play. We ended up playing the long balls. It’s disappointing, but nowadays, we have to keep encouraging our strikers.
“In training, we train and they score, but in the game, they lack composure when an opportunity comes. We have to keep encouraging them to do the right thing.
“To be honest, we have loads to work because in all games throughout the league, the boys are missing chances because they lack composure in the box.
“What is important is not leaving them behind, we have to go back home and keep pushing them to do the correct thing,” Matore added.
Chicken Inn started the match on a high note and were denied a goal on the seventh minutes when Malvin Hwata headed the ball home after Shepherd Mhlanga hit the cross bar with a rasping shot that had left goalie, Mateyaunga rooted at one spot.
From then on Caps United were chasing and they were left in sixes and seven four minutes later, following a neat interplay engineered by Genius Mutungamiri and Richard Hachiro.
But Mutungamiri lofted the ball over the bar, failing to beat Mateyaunga who was already beyond his lines.
Chicken Inn were denied what looked like a genuine penalty when Micheal Charamba was brought down in the box by Lincoln Mangairi.
Referee Brighton Chimene waved play on, much to the chagrin of Matore and his charges.
For Caps United, Ian Nyoni was effective from the right wing, but most of his delightful crosses found no takers.
Chicken Inn could have surged ahead on the stroke of half-time through Obert Malajila who hit the crossbar from just outside the box.
Even when the second half started, Chicken Inn remained in control, but lack of precision was their main weakness. Twice in quick succession, Shephard Mhlanga was picked in the box by Charamba, but the former misdirected his effort.
They broke the deadlock on the 57th minute, courtesy of Mutungamiri who rounded off goalie Mateyaunga before poking the ball home into empty nets.
Mangayira restored parity albeit controversially in the 62nd minute. Mangayira clearly controlled the ball with his hand before squaring the ball past a forest of legs inside the Chicken Inn goal area.
Chitembwe made several changes, bringing in Courage Sithole and Clive Rupiya for Ian Nyoni and Godknows Murwira. And Caps upped the momentum, with Manondo forcing Donovan Bernard to tip a powerful shot over the bar.
Caps United: T Mateyaunga, G Murwira (C Rupiya 71'), I Zambezi, K Madzongwe, L Mangayira, D Chafa, J Tulani, I Nyoni (C Sithole 74'), J Daka, R Chinyengetere, W Manondo
Chicken Inn: D Bernard, M Hwata, M Charamba ( B Muza 67), M Bhebhe, R Hachiro, N Ketala, G Mutungamiri ( C Dzingai 80), L Lunga, S Mhlanga, X Ndlovu, O Malajila (C Augusto 81)