Highlanders 0-0 CAPS United
A DENIED penalty, a red card, violence on and off the pitch marred the epic battle between Highlanders and Caps United at Barbourfields on Sunday as the match ended in a goalless draw.
The draw took Highlanders to second place with 30 points, one behind Harare City while Caps are now fifth with 27-one behind champions Dynamos, who lost 1-0 to How Mine on Saturday.
Referee Philani Ncube awarded Caps a penalty in the 21st minute but his near-side assistant Brighton Nyika had already flagged for offside before the decision was made and the centre man had not noticed that.
Fourth official Bekezela Makeka summoned Ncube to the touchline and after deliberations, the referee then consulted Nyika and the penalty decision was revoked and Bosso awarded the offside free kick.
Caps players protested and turned on Highlanders defender Erick Mudzingwa, sparking off an on-field melee that led to a three minute stoppage.
When the match resumed, Arnold Chiveya, who was already on yellow, was shown another card and sent off for an early shower.
Enraged, Caps fans turned the heat on Highlanders goalkeeper Munyaradzi Diya, hurling all sorts of missiles leading to another stoppage.
When the match resumed, Caps continued the onslaught, led by Rahman Kutsanzira but could not get the opener.
In the second half, Highlanders introduced Mthulisi Maphosa and Njabulo Ncube but they could not get the much needed goal, save for breaking a four-match losing streak.
After the match, the Highlanders fans turned their attention to the Caps supporters pummelling them into submission before they (Caps fans) sought comfort on the field of play under protection from the police.
Elsewhere, Harare City assumed leadership of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League after beating Hwange 2-1 as How Mine shocked Dynamos 1 0 at Luveve on Saturday.
City now have 31 points followed by Highlanders and Chicken Inn on 30.
But it was Luveve that witnessed the shock result of the weekend as Dynamos suffered their second defeat of the after losing 3-2 to Buffaloes three weeks ago.
Cosafa Castle Cup-bound Simba Sithole struck the all-important winner in the 20th minute as How Mine ended their five match losing streak.Advertisement
Disgruntled Dynamos fans hurled stones and bottles at the How Mine technical bench at the end of the match. Dynamos now face a fine of US$8,000 from the PSL for violent behaviour of their fans.
At Sakubva on Sunday, Buffaloes made shooting targets of Tripple B, hammering the hapless Beitbridge side 5-1, with Jacob Muzokomba scoring a hat-trick.
Admire Dzumbunu and Steven Sibanda added the other goals while Aleck Marime converted from the spot for the visitors’ face-saver.
At Rimuka, FC Platinum saw their chances of a league title fade away after they went down 2-0 to Black Rhinos to remain in sixth place with 26 points, five below Harare City but two within reach of defending champions Dynamos.
Thabani Kamusoko headed home an own goal in the 66th minute after Lot Chiunga had given the soldiers the lead after just five minutes.
Motor Action, champions in 2010, are certainly headed for Division One football or extinction if their fortunes do not change in the next few weeks. On Sunday, they lost 2-0 to Monomotapa at home.
Sunday: Highlanders 0-0 Caps United (Barbourfields), Buffaloes 5-1 Tripple B (Sakubva), Motor Action 0-2 Monomotapa (Motor Action Sports Club), Black Rhinos 2-0 FC Platinum (Rimuka).
Saturday: How Mine 1-0 Dynamos (Luveve), Black Mambas 0-1 Triangle (Morris Depot) Harare City 2-1 Hwange (Rufaro)
Friday: Chicken Inn 1-1 Shabanie Mine