BUFFALOES were held to a nil-all draw yesterday by the visiting ZPC Kariba in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match played at Sakubva stadium in Mutare yesterday.
Buffaloes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (0)
ZPC Kariba . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (0)
It was a positive showing for the visitors who remained unbeaten in the four matches played so far, but their unimpressed head coach, Saul Chaminuka, said his charges failed to adhere to his game plan.
Chaminuka said fatigue might have had the better of his charges who travelled by road all the way from Kariba on Friday.
“We did start this game well, but we failed to play according to our game plan,” he said.
“As a coach, I am not happy with the game though we managed to pick a point. We didn’t really control the game and I don’t like such type of football. Maybe it was fatigue because we travelled from Kariba on Friday.”
His counterpart Luke Masomere said the game was balanced and a point was not a bad result for him.
“The result was okay. It does not mean that when you are playing at home you should always get maximum points. In football you draw, win or lose,” Masomere, who also managed a point in his last match against Caps United last week, said.
“We were not very sharp in the front. We were not very much composed and we are going to work on it,” he said.
Both teams failed to make an impact in the first half although the home team came back from the breather looking more offensive.
Some fine work involving Admire Dzumbunu, Frankson Bushiri and Moses Gutu on numerous occasions could have given Buffaloes the lead though the finishing lacked precision.
In the 70th minute Jacob Muzokomba’s well taken shot outside the box went a few inches over the bar to deny the home team a lead.
Nine minutes after the Buffaloes scare, Pride Tafirenyika from ZPC Kariba almost snatched a goal from a close range, but his shot was pushed out of play by the army side’s goal minder Blessing Mwandimutsira for a corner-kick.