TITLE chasing Caps United blew a chance to go top of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer league after failing to unlock well-drilled log leaders FC Platinum in a highly tactical match at the National Sports Stadium on Tuesday.
Caps United lived to rue ageless striker Leonard Tsipa’s ghastly miss clash after he crashed the ball onto the cross bar from inside the six-yard box early in the second half.
With chances at a premium in the biggest match of week 18 fixtures it was a chance Tsipa needed to bag to help his team go top for the first in the second half of the season.
The hosts coach Lloyd Chitembwe said going top was the least of their worries.
“It’s not about being top at the moment, sensible football people will tell you 12 games and 36 points is a long way.
“Even if we had won it or Platinum had won I don’t think any of the teams would have been declared champion after winning this game,” he said.
Elsewhere, Zvishavane-based log leaders FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza was happy to back to the midlands with a point while he also highlighted the gulf in class between yesterday’s opponents and the rest of the teams.
“For me it’s a golden point unfortunately we couldn’t get the three points but I’m happy with the point. That’s why I think we are the top two teams they had their plan we had our play,” he said in his post-match interview.
In terms of goal-mouth action, the top of the table clash disappointed but it was indeed a tactical masterpiece.
The visitors dominated the early exchanges and could have taken the lead through exciting winger Marshall Mudehwe but his tame shot was dealt with by Edmore Sibanda.
Mudehwe had another chance to give the visitors the lad but he fired into the side netting from an acute angle.
In the second Caps United were a different proposition and could have taken the lead in 51st minutes when Tsipa hit the cross bar when it looked easier to score than to miss after a beautiful square ball by Captain Moses Muchenje.