Highlanders 0-0 CAPS United
BULAWAYO – CAPS United saw a dramatic injury time goal chalked off for offside as they drew with Highlanders at Barbourfields on Sunday.
A swarm of bees caused a brief second half stoppage as the players and referee all hit the floor, but United still had a sting in their tails only for Dominic Chungwa to be denied by a linesman’s flag right at the dead.
Joel Ngodzo’s swerving shot deceived Highlanders shot stopper Ariel Sibanda who was at full stretch to stop the ball nestling into his bottom right corner. Sibanda would have been better served by palming it out for a corner, instead he tried to gather it only for the ball to rebound kindly for Chungwa who found the target.
As he struggled to remove his jersey in celebration, his teammates were confronting referee Thabani Bamala and his far side assistant Wirimai Muroiwa. They were sure Chungwa was standing in an onside position before Ngodzo dispatched his rasping shot. Their protests were in vain, however.
Highlanders’ Prince Dube smashed a volley against the upright after 30 minutes and shook his head in disbelief on the half hour mark as he was denied by the goalpost as Highlanders dominated.
Winless after two games, having draw 1-1 away to Black Rhinos in the season opener, Highlanders coach Madinda Ndlovu said a draw with United was a good result.
“It’s still early stages and besides, this was not an ordinary game, it was a classic encounter and we witnessed one of the most exciting games. We’re satisfied with the performance and the outcome,” said Ndlovu.
At Rufaro, Tawanda Macheke game Dynamos a 60th minute lead when he slotted through Taimon Mvula’s legs.
Hwange hit back almost immediately, Eddie Nkulungo’s freekick trickling through Simba Chinani’s gloves, when he appeared to have it fully covered.
Jimmy Tigere was then dispossessed allowing substitute Ted Ndlovu to score the winner with a low finish that took a slight deflection.
Dynamos coach Lloyd Chigowe was frustrated to lose the match, blaming lack of concentration by his players.
“We were not that bad in terms of our overall performance. Hwange defended for their lives and at times they were defending in numbers and they took their chances. I would like to say we went to sleep at the wrong moments of the game,” he said in his post-match comments.
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