The Sunday Mail
ZPC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(0) 2
Mutare City. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (0) 0
New boys Mutare City made the trip to Kariba high on confidence after recording their maiden Castle Lager Premier Soccer League win at home to How Mine last weekend.
They talked tough in the build-up and nearly snatched a point at Nyamhunga were it not for a late blitz by ZPC Kariba which saw the hosts scoring twice in injury time.
Mutare City defender William Mapfumo turned Tinei Chitora’s cross into his own net in the 91st minute, before the former Chapungu hitman returned to haunt the Manicaland side two minutes later.
“We fought hard, we were not supposed to lose this game,” lamented Mutare City coach Taku Shariwa.
In typical Sunday “Mhofu” Chidzambwa style, ZPC Kariba are building their campaign on an uncompromising defence and yesterday they kept another clean sheet much to the satisfaction of their veteran mentor.
Chidzambwa would rather win 1-0 than 5-4, and the former national team coach feels his charges – who have picked up 11 points from their opening five matches – can only get better as the season progresses.
“They gave us a scare, it was a tough match. They are a stubborn team and I am sure most teams will not get easy points from them. I am happy we got the three points in the end although I feel we squandered numerous chances. We could have scored five in the first half and three in the second, but it is work in progress,” said Chidzambwa.
ZPC Kariba are now fifth on the log ahead of their trip to Caps United next weekend.