BULAWAYO – Bulawayo City paid the price for failing to turn dominance into goals when they were held by Chapungu in a Castle Lager Premiership match at Barbourfields Stadium yesterday.
Bulawayo City coach Philani Ncube was a disappointed man after a Philip Marufu strike on 65 minutes cancelled out Xolisani Moyo’s 56th minute goal from the penalty spot.
“I’m disappointed because we could not turn our possession into goals and we conceded a goal that we were not supposed to.
“Defensively, we were not positive though we were positive offensively but we could not convert our chances,” he said.
Chapungu head coach John Nyikadzino on the other hand was a relieved man after picking up a point away from home.
“I’m happy with the point. It’s a point gained and I must commend my players for showing a lot of character to come back after going a goal down,” Nyikadzino said.
With the draw, Chapungu remained on 14th place on the log with five points while Bulawayo City moved into 10th place with seven points.
The home side dominated exchanges throughout the entire match but failed to find the target in open play.
Ncube’s team finally broke the deadlock after they were awarded a spot kick when Chapungu defender Blessed Mbavarira fouled Amakhosi right back Morris Kadzola. City had to substitute Kadzola after the foul.
City skipper Moyo took up the responsibility of dispatching the set piece and convincingly beat Talbert Shumba in goals for Chapungu.
The hosts’ lead lasted for less than 10 minutes after veteran forward Marufu finished off a flowing counter attack to level matters.
Bulawayo City took their points tally to seven points while
Chapungu now have five points.
Meanwhile, Border Strikers’ winless run in the league continued when they were beaten 1-0 by Hwange at Maglas Stadium yesterday.