HARARE - There was no fairy tale start to life for Mark Mathe’s interim tenure as CAPS United coach neither were they fireworks for Taurai Mangwiro’s first date with his former paymasters.
Instead, yesterday uninspiring nil-all draw only served to see the ambitious sides slump deeper down the Castle Lager Premiership League standings.
With FC Platinum handing Saul Chaminuka a baptism of fire in a 4-1 drubbing of Buffaloes at Mandava Stadium yesterday, City and United dropped to seventh and eighth on the log, whilst the platinum assumed fifth place.
“Obviously being the home team I would have wanted to collect all three points,” Mangwiro told reporters after the match.
“In the end you would like to think it was a cagey affair. A number of good opportunities we had, but again we dint have that killer punch, that was our worst enemy. Some scary moments in the end where CAPS came back strongly.
His opposite number Mathe who, taking charge of his first game after the resignation of Mark Harrison earlier this month, felt a draw was a fair result.
“I am happy but I would have loved to get all three points. This is a tough opponent. They have good player and they have resources but I feel it was a tale of two halves. But we will take a point,” he said.
Mathe said he would not tinker much with what the team had become accustomed to under Harrison.
“Coaches are born and bred from schools of football but I won’t change much from what Mark Harrison was doing,” he said.
The largely cagey encounter produced little drama in the opening half.
The game did briefly come to life after silky-skilled City forward Tino Kedewere went on a mazy run, weaving past Carlton Munzabwa before firing hard and low.
However, United goalkeeper Chris Mverechena did well to smother the danger.
City were edging the possession stats but failing to convert the flurry of chances that came their way.
United, however, were not totally outdone and produced a late show of their own galvanized by their supporters who suddenly found their voice.
They came closest through Ronald Pfumbidzai’s cross that only needed the faintest of touches to hit the back of the net but Leornard Tsipa somehow failed to make contact unmarked.
In the end, a share of spoils kept both sides needing to dig deep if they are to gatecrash the title party as the season heads into the homestretch.