Patrick Chitumba at Bata Stadium
CAPS United…………….(0) 1
Chicken Inn……………. (0) 1
VISITING Chicken Inn compounded CAPS United’s woes following a stalemate played out at Bata Stadium in Gweru yesterday.
Both teams came into the game looking for an outright win as Chicken Inn wanted to climb into the top four on the log, while CAPS United were looking to end their winless streak.
The draw extended CAPS United’s winless run to eight games.
Chicken Inn’s Genius Mutungamiri scored the opener in the 57th minute, and CAPS United equalised seven minutes later through defender Lincoln Mangayira.
The match started on a high note and in the seventh minute Chicken Inn striker Shepherd Mhlanga’s shot hit the bar, and a follow up header by Malvin Hwata was ruled offside by referee Brighton Chimena.
In the 11th minute, Mutungamiri wasted a chance with CAPS United goalkeeper Tonderai Mateyaunga well beaten.
CAPS United coach Lloyd Chitembwe commended his team’s performance, but admitted that they need to improve their decision-making in the final third. Chicken Inn coach Prince Matore expressed disappointment with his team’s lack of composure, as they missed many chances.
“I thought we came short on decision making in the last third of the pitch. But with proper decision-making and execution, I thought we could have scored more goals. We are going back to the drawing board and look forward to the next match.”
Matore said it was tough playing against the wind in the second half.
“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. “What is important is not leaving them behind. We have to go back home and keep pushing them to do the correct thing,” Matore said.