#MatchReports: Dynamos Edge Hwange, CAPS United Held

Dynamos registered their full set of points after edging Hwange 1-0 at the Colliery on Sunday to put their campaign back on track after falling 1-0 to FC Platinum in the opening match before drawing 2-2 away to Triangle.

By Tafadzwa Ndiraire

Cameroonian international Christian Ntouba scored the only goal that counted for the champions as they seek to mount a serious challenge on the championship.

Bulawayo giants, Highlanders, also underlined their title credentials after overcoming Sunday Chidzambwa’s ZPC Kariba 3-2 at Nyamhunga Stadium in another Castle Lager Premiership tie.

In Harare, defending champions Caps United were held to a 1-1 draw by lowly Tsholotsho at the National Sports Stadium .
Caps United went into the match looking for maximum points but they were wasteful in front of goal.

They were however, the more dominant side launching a series of raids in their opponents goal.

Valentine Musarurwa was unlucky after picking a loose ball from 25 yards, beat one man and charged towards goal before unleashing a low drive shot that troubled a bewildered Tsholotsho goalkeeper Mariyoni Chang.

They however, found themselves trailing 1-0  on 37 minutes after Nkosana Siwela profited from a mistake by Caps United goalkeeper Jorum Muchambo who fumbled the ball in an attempt to clear it from danger following a wonderful delivery  by skipper Nkosilahthi Moyo .

The Tsholotsho captain however, was sent off at the stroke of full time after receiving a second booking.

Caps United continued with their dominance in the second half with Ronald Pfumbidzai missing a good opportunity when his powerful shot was blocked by the goalkeeper.

Tsholotsho introduced  Nixon Gama for Xolani Ndlovu on 59 minutes while Chitembwe also brought in a fresh pair of legs with James Nguluve coming on for Justice Jangano a minute later.

And it paid dividends for Caps United as they drew level on 64 minutes with Ronald Pfumbidzai planting a firm header into the nets after a wonderful cross by Dennis Dauda.

After the goal, Caps United poured forward in numbers as they sought for maximum points  with Ngulube coming close  on 69 minutes  only for his effort to be saved by the keeper following a set up by Ronald Chitiyo.

Chitembwe, though satisfied with the way, his charges applied themselves overall, he was not happy with the way they wasted chances.

“My overall assessment is that we were  in complete  control for the entire 90 minutes. Unfortunately, the result did not go our way. Its not the result we wanted.  We were looking for a much better result than that. But there are good things  we observed from the match.  We did created quite a good number of chances and the conversion rate was not  as good as chances created. But overall, I am satisfied though the result not a true reflection of the game. They got just one chance and they punished us, such is football,” said Chitembwe.

His Tsholotsho counterpart Farai Tawachera was pleased to get a point against the champions.

“Job well done. Its not easy to play against the champions. We need to respect them (Caps United) as champions. They are a lot of youngsters in the team coming up and if they can come here at the National Sports Stadium and give such a great show, thumps up.  Lloyd Chitembwe is a very good tactician. I know him very well. If you look at the game that was displayed it was top class. It was more like a game of chase. When he touches there, I touch here,” said Tawachera.

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