CAPS United coach, Mark Harrison, blasted his charges for getting carried after after they were held to a 0-0 draw by a spirited Flame Lilly in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday.
Harrison said drawing against Flame Lilly was shocking.
“It’s a shocking result,” said the coach.
“After all the euphoria about the players getting paid their salaries and bonuses they got carried away. I also gave them some days off during this break to go and relax with their families and come back focused on the job.
“Drawing against Flame Lily is not acceptable. I am not disrespecting Flame Lily but we didn’t play well. We were too easy, too loose.
“The young guys got carried away after all the euphoria about getting paid and I told them at half time they shouldn’t get carried away.”
United found Flame Lily tough opponents to breakdown. Flame Lily also attacked in numbers and Caps United were kept in the game by goalkeeper Chris Mverechena’s spectacular saves.
The Caps goalkeeper received a standing ovation from Caps United fans who threw money at him after the match.
Harrison described him as the best goalkeeper in the country.
“I have a 19-year-old goalkeeper who is the best in the country. Any club that wants him should expect to pay millions of dollars.
“You saw his display today. He is agile and takes some crosses well but just needs to work on a few areas like distribution,” said Harrison.
Flame Lily coach Backlyfield Chivenga was delighted with the draw.
“We went into the match with a little bit of caution,” he said.
“We knew we were playing a good side so we wanted to contain them and once we got into our gear, we managed to get a point. I am happy with the result.”
“The two-week break is a blessing in disguise to us because we need to beef up some areas.
“We have some grey areas that we want to beef up during this break,” added Chivenga who replaced Nesbert Saruchera after the latter was sacked for poor results.
Flame Lily started brightly with Macmillian Chigora coming close after just four minutes but missed a headed opportunity following a cross from Gift Phiri.
Edwin Madhanaga had his dipping free kick tipped over by Caps United keeper Mverechena on 19 minutes. Advertisement
United however, also threatened with Godknows Mangani coming close in the 26th minute only for his effort to be saved by goalkeeper Earnmore Hamandishe.
Mangani also missed a headed opportunity on 42 minutes as his downward header was saved by the keeper.
In the second half, Flame Lily substituted injured keeper Hamandishe bringing on Prosper Chigumba.
Caps United strikers Leonard Tsipa and Rodreck Mutuma who started from the bench struggled to break down Flame Lily.
Tsipa was guilty of a glaring miss on 54 minutes following a wonderful delivery into the danger zone from the right by Mutuma.
Flame Lily also came close on 63 minutes but Madhanaga’s rasping shot drew a fine save from Mverechena.
United then started to launch some dangerous raids towards the end but Flame Lily defended resolutely.
Highlanders held by How Mine, Triangle win
Highlanders 1-1 How Mine
Triangle 2-0 Tsholotsho
TEN-MAN Highlanders came from a goal down to pick up a point against How Mine in Castle Premiership derby match played at Bulawayo’s Barbourfields on Sunday.
How Mine took the lead in the 11th minute through Timothy January, but then missed a number of chances with Limited Chikafa the guilty player on numerous occasions.
In the second half, Highlanders upped the tempo and came close with Obadiah Tarumbwa in the 65th minute when he was denied in a one-on-one situation by How Mine goalkeeper Donovan Bernard.
But Highlanders were awarded a penalty in the 74th minute which Knox Mutizwa safely tucked home to rescue a point for Bosso before striker Thomas Chideu was shown the red card in injury time for a second bookable offence.
The draw saw How Mine maintain fourth spot with 22 points, but closed the gap with Dynamos to one point while Highlanders are eighth with 19 points.
Elsewhere, Triangle returned to second place with 24 points after a 2-0 win over Tsholotsho at Gibbo with goals coming from Lameck Nhamo five minutes before the breather and Felix Kuswatuka in the 81st minute.
In other games Farai Banda scored a memorable hattrick at Buffaloes crushed Wha Wha 3-0 at Sakubva Stadium in Mutare.
Banda scored in the 43rd, 86th and 90th minute to take the soldiers to 11th place with 15 points after only their third win of the season.
At Vengere, Harare City punished Dongo Sawmill with three goals from Crispen Dickson after just six minutes, Martin Vengesayi in the 47th minute and William Manondo in the 69th minute to record their second victory on the trot.
The win saw Taurayi Mangwiro’s men move into sixth place with 20 points.
At the Colliery, Obrey Chola Chirwa scored six minutes from time as FC Platinum fought back from a goal down to draw 1-1 with Hwange.
Pritchard Mpelele scored for Hwange in the 65th minute after a rather dull first half while before Walter Musona worked his magic on the right to set up Chirwa for a share of the spoils.
Saturday: Chapungu 1-2 Chicken Inn, ZPC Kariba 1-1 Dynamos
Sunday: Highlanders 1-1 How Mine, Dongo 0-3 City, Buffaloes 3-0 Whawha, Hwange 1-1 FC Platinum, Triangle 2-0 Tsholotsho, Caps United 0-0 Flame Lilly