ZPC remain unbeaten, Chapungu beat Buffaloes

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ZPC KARIBA kept their unbeaten record intact after they were held to a one-all stalemate by Chiredzi FC in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match played at Chishamiso Stadium yesterday.

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Chiredzi . . . . . . (1) 1
ZPC Kariba . . . (0) 1

The Saul Chaminuka-coached side is still unbeaten in 18 matches and have collected 32 points, level with leaders Highlanders and third-placed Dynamos. But all that could change if Caps United beat Hwange at the Colliery this afternoon.

The visitors scored an own goal just three minutes into the match through Ephraim Mwinga after pressure from the host’s striker David Temwanjira, but they responded through Tsepo Ranthokoane.

Chiredzi coach Gishon Ntini said he was happy to collect a point against his impressive counterparts saying he was confident of avoiding the dreaded chop.

“We are happy with the draw. The boys played really well, but we are just hoping to continue collecting crucial points. But what we can say is that we are going to avoid relegation,” he said.

His counterpart Saul Chaminuka tried to evade reporters after the match.

“Report what you saw. I think you saw it. I don’t want to put words into your mouth. Okay we failed to score and create chances,” he said.

Meanwhile, Chapungu maintained their imperious home record with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Buffaloes in a league match played at Ascot Stadium yesterday.

Two goals in either half by Chapungu’s Gift Phiri and Charles Murisa outweighed Lloyd Katongomara’s effort.

The result means Chapungu have managed to avenge their 0-2 defeat in Mutare in their last meeting with the same opponent.

Winning coach John Nyikadzino was happy with collecting maximum points against fellow combat men.

“I am very happy with the performance and the result as well. We won our last match here and it now shows consistency at home. Winning at home also gives our supporters confidence of rallying behind us,” Nyikadzino said.

Buffaloes assistant Coach Timothy Masachi bemoaned the missed chances by his charges for the defeat.

“It is an unfortunate result. A draw could have been a fair result. We missed a lot of chances especially in the first half which could have given us a result, but that is part of football and we now have to win our next game at home,” he said.