ZPC KARIBA remained unbeaten in the Premier Soccer League after holding Shabanie Mine 1-1 at Maglas Stadium yesterday.
Shabanie Mine………… (0) 1
ZPC Kariba…………….. (0) 1
Pride Tafirenyika’s late strike cancelled Godknows Murwira’s early strike to ensure a share of spoils.
The Chinda Boys came into the match aiming to atone for last week’s 3-0 hiding at the hands of Caps United and hoping to make the most of their territorial advantage where they are still unbeaten in the league at home.
The visitors were aiming consolidating their unbeaten run and possibly chasing Highlanders’ recent fine streak of a 24-match unbeaten run in 2012. After the match Saul Chaminuka hailed his charges’ fighting spirit for the unbeaten run.
“The secret is that we never stop fighting. I told my players that the match is not over until it’s over. But today (yesterday) I was not happy with the officiating. We could have won this match,” Chaminuka said.
Shabanie Mine coach John Phiri was disappointed with the lapse in concentration from his charges.
“We had an upper hand and we were supposed to win. I am very disappointed with the lack of concentration from some of my senior players,” Phiri said.
The hosts started the match a better side and as early as the second minute Ashley Mukwena’s first shot at goal was saved by captain Tendai Hove in goal for ZPC Kariba.
Ten minutes before the breather Shabanie Mine goalie Victor Twaliki was at his very best saving a ferocious long-range effort from Dexter Phiri.
At the opposite end, Hove was unyielding pushing Murwira’s beautiful taken curling free-kick wide for a corner with a few minutes before the breather. Four minutes after the breather Mukwena was clear on goal, but his shot was well over the bar.
But a minute later he tapped in second-half substitute Xolani Ncube’s cross beyond the reach of Hove. Eleven minutes before full time Limited Chikafa thought he had found the equaliser, but the referee adjudged that he had scored from an offside position.