HARARE - Crisis-hit Mushowani Stars continued to rise above their off-field financial problems to pick a point away to ZRP FC in a Northern Region Division One Soccer League tie yesterday.
ZRP duly dominated the early exchanges but Mushowani, who have not been training showed little signs of being affected by the financial problems engulfing the side.
Instead, they could have picked up a surprise win as they took the game to the hosts as the game wore on.
Arthur Tutani, ZRP FC coach, felt his side did not give a good account of themselves. The result saw the second-placed team lose ground on pacesetters Ngezi Platinum.
“We didn’t play as a unit. We missed a lot of chances and Mushowani nearly killed us on counter attacks. But we will keep working. We are not giving up on the title race,” he said.
“At this stage of the league it is all about collecting points. If we don’t collect points then Ngezi will run away with the promotion ticket.”
Mushowani stand in player-coach Lawrence Makoni, who oversaw the side’s 3-1 win over Black Rhinos last week, was happy with the result.
“We played well given our circumstances. I’m happy considering all the problems we are facing,” he said.
“We are without two of our coaches who were fired and it’s just us players but we are still holding our own.
“We are just trying to help each other because at the moment people are saying the team is now dead but we want to keep showing that it’s still alive.
“We have been doing well so far. Four points from two games is not bad. We are now looking to collected all six points in our next two games.”
Results: Black Rhinos 1 Gunners 1, ZRPFC 0 Mushowani 0, Seven Flames 2 Herentals 0, Lake Harvest 1 Ngezi Platinum 1, Darwin 0 Blue Swallows 1, Blue Jets 1 Cargo Carriers 1, Zatex 1 Karoi United 1, Starbill 1 DStv Rangers 1, ZRP Morris 1 DC Academy 0