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Caps held to home draw by How Mine

Share of the spoils ... Dominic Chungwa battles for possession with How Mine's Morris Kadzola

21/09/2014 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter

HARARE giants Caps United were held to a draw by giant killers How Mine in a in a Castle Lager Premiership tie at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday.

It was United’s second consecutive draw following a 0-0 draw by Bantu Rovers in their previous match.

Sunday’s draw saw Caps remain unchanged on the league table where they are fourth with 39 points - four adrift of leaders and bitter rivals Dynamos.

The result did not go down well with Makepekepe fans as they insulted coach, Taurai Mangwiro, at the end of the match.

The fans accused Mangwiro of deliberately settling for a draw in order to maintain the gap between to rivals Dynamos, arguing he was sympathetic to Dynamos since he was a former player.

Dynamos were also held to a 0-0 draw by FC Platinum at Mandava Stadium on Saturday.

Not overly impressed with their coach ... Caps United supporters on Sunday

The Caps United coach was downcast at the final whistle.

He described the performance by his charges as “disappointing” after they fluffed a number of chances, especially in the first half in which they dominated.

Mangwiro blasted his attackers for failing to convert those chances into goals.

“It’s very disappointing,” he said.

“Another opportunity to close in on our opponents is gone. I understand where the ire of the fans is coming from.

“We played well in the first half and created chances but in the second half, it was all desperation. We were not precise. I have tried all the playing personnel; everyone has had a chance.

“If you see us bringing in Tongai Mangwende, it’s a sign of desperation. If you look at our last five games we have not conceded a goal but we are lacking completion.

“But this is not the end, we have to fight on and make up lost ground. We have to remain positive.”

A point against former champions and away from home not bad ... Luke Masomere


His opposite number, Luke Masomere, was happy to collect a point against the Harare giants.

“I was impressed by my players. It was a balanced affair and I am happy with the result. To come and get a point against former champions is not bad,” said Masomere, vowing his team will not be relegated.

The Gold Miners moved a rung up to 11th position with 28 points from 22 matches.

“We all know How Mine is in the relegation zone but it doesn’t mean they will be relegated. I am building a team for next year but we are not going to be relegated,” said Masomere.


Saturday: Chicken Inn 2-1 Bantu Rovers (Hartsfield Stadium), FC Platinum 0-0 Dynamos (Mandava Stadium), Harare City 1-0 Highlanders (Rufaro Stadium), Chiredzi 1-0 Shabanie Mine (Chishamiso Stadium), ZPC Kariba 2-1 Black Rhinos (Gwanzura).

Sunday: Caps United 0-0 How Mine v (Rufaro Stadium), Buffaloes 1-0 Triangle United v Sakubva Stadium, Hwange 4-1 Chapungu (Colliery Stadium)

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