CAPS UNITED squandered several chances to allow visiting Triangle a share of the spoils following a 0-0 draw in a Castle Lager Premiership match at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday.
The Green Machine were missing several key players including Hardlife Zvirekwi and Ronald Pfumbidzai who are in Namibia with the national team for the Cosafa tournament.
They went into the match seeking to take pole position after leaders FC Platinum slumped to their first defeat of the campaign following a loss to ZPC Kariba on Saturday.
But Triangle now under the guidance of David Mandigora proved difficult to break down as they gave everything to ensure a share of the spoils.
The Harare giants claimed second spot with 18 points from nine matches- two behind leaders FC Platinum while Triangle remained in fifth position with 16 points from the same number of matches.
Caps United though could have killed off the match as a contest at the stroke of full time but second half substitute, Chrispen Machisi, watched in disappointment as his effort crashed against the cross bar.
The Green Machine had started brightly, carving out good chances but Leonard Tsipa was guilty of a miss on six minutes following a good set up by Dominic Chungwa.
Triangle, to their credit, refused to be cowed into submission and threatened their more illustrious opponents matching them blow by blow. And on thirty seven minutes, Guthrie Zhokinyu missed a glaring opportunity for Triangle following a wonderful free kick by skipper Lameck Nhamo on the edge of the area.
In the second half, Abbas Amidu could have thrust Caps United ahead but he lacked the presence of mind to direct his effort wide.
Chitembwe was, however, still happy with the result. “Like I had predicted, it was a tough match. It was never going to be easy and we are content with the result. We are still with the leading pack and we are happy with that,” said Chitembwe.
Mandigora said the draw was a fair result.
“A draw is a fair result for us. We played well in the first 15 minutes but we struggled much of the first half. But in the second half we tried our best and we are happy with a point. We are also happy with where we are on the log at the moment. Obviously our target is to be the champions,” said Mandigora.Advertisement
Caps United: J Muchambo, V Musarurwa, J Jangano, D Dauda, S Makatuka, K Nyamupfukudza, J Ngodzo, A Amidu (S Nhivi), P Bhamusi, D Chungwa, L Tsipa (C Machisi 79)
Triangle: R Mudimu, R Kawondera, N Meson, K Chigwida, G Zhokinyu, T Huwa, H Maindi (M Mukumba 50), M Gaki (J Chivasa), C Dennias, N Maziwisa, N Lameck