WINGER Hillary Bakacheza scored a crucial goal that helped Tiangle to secure a point after a 1-1 draw against Harare giants Caps United in a Castle Lager Premiership tie at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday.
Both teams are targeting a top four finish and the Sunday result left Caps United in fifth place with 38 points from 26 matches while Triangle maintained their forth position with 39 points.
Four matches are now left before the season ends.
The Green Machine went into the match in the backdrop of a 3-1 defeat to ZPC Kariba in the previous match, the first defeat since Lloyd Chitembwe took over the stewardship of the team.
And against Triangle, they started off brightly, carving out good chances.
Speedy winger Phineas Bhamusi forced defender Jimmy Dzingai into a desperate clearance after delivering a wonderful cross in the penalty area.
Despite their dominance, the Green Machine found themselves trailing behind after the visitors scored through Hillary Bakacheza who picked the ball on the left flank before drilling a low grounder that hit the upright post before finding its way into the nets.
The home team, however, refused to be cowed into submission and Leonard Tsipa came close on 33 minutes but shot wildly following a cross by Equatorial Guinea forward Antonio Fugo.
Fugo then drew level a minute later when he side stepped his marker after receiving a pass from Joel Ngodzo who was the most creative in the team and then placed the ball beyond the reach of the goalkeeper.
On 39 minutes, Triangle lost Bakacheza through injury and replaced him by Munyaradzi Chiwara.
In the second half, Caps United were dominant and Tsipa was unlucky on 59 minutes as his shot from near the penalty area crashed against the post.
Chitembwe then pulled Fugo out on 64 minutes, replacing him with Dominic Chungwa as he sought to kill off the match but the two teams couldn’t be separated at the final whistle.
“We came here looking for three points but unfortunately we got a point. We are happy with it. We have been picking points away from home than at home.
“We are gaining confidence playing away from home but we got too many yellow cards than our opponents. But to get a point against Caps United I can’t complain. Caps United are the only team that are a threat to our ambition of a top four finish,” said Triangle coach Kevin Kaindu. Advertisement
Chitembwe was equally pleased by the performance of his charges.
“I thought we had a very good game. We played well, we created scoring chances and with a bit of luck we could have won the match. Our strikers were getting into scoring positions. I am happy with that,” he said.
Caps United: J Muchambo, Z Biserki, J Jangano, C Munzabwa, S Makatuka, D Mukandi, J Ngodzo, H Zvirekwi,( T Mahori 80th), P Bhamusi, A Fugo, (D Chungwa 64th), L Tsipa
Triangle: A Reyners, D Phiri, (C Kamhapa 53rd) N Meson, J Dzingai, J Tigere, P Tonha, M Mukumba, (S Makundika 69th), P Manhanga, F Kuswatuka, H Bakacheza, (M Chiwara 39 min), T Muyendi,