Missed opportunities in Bulawayo Chiefs, Ngezi Platinum Stars draw.
Bruce Ngwenya - Bulawayo Chiefs Media.
It was an afternoon of missed scoring opportunities on both ends of the pitch from the onset to the final whistle of today’s Castle Lager Premiership football encounter putting Bulawayo Chiefs and Ngezi Platinum at Luveve Stadium.
But even with that disappointing draw, the encounter deserved a winner because of the atmosphere that the game produced with both teams eager to earn the three points.
Both teams displayed an entertaining passing game but somehow, on numerous occasions, the visitors and the hosts lacked the cutting edge in front of goal.
The major theme of the first half was the physicality that both teams displayed. The players did not shy away from tackling each other in order to win the duels.
Five minutes into the match Perfect Chikwende had been brought down into the ground twice by the Ngezi Platinum defenders because he was becoming a threat to them.
Moments later Denver Mukamba almost broke the deadlock after he stole the ball in the middle of the park but Kevin Moyo came into the rescue of Chiefs.
Sixteen minutes into the match, unmarked yet flat-footed Farau Matare could have propelled Chiefs into the lead after being set up by stocky and forcefully striker Obriel Chirinda but his effort was not enough to make the Chiefs fans in the Stadium to roar.
Midfielder Kelvin Madzogwe showed his experience as he dominated the middle of the park by winning every duel and made the Ngezi midfielders to have nightmares.
In the twentieth minute, the hosts breached the Ngezi's defence after a well-positioned Chirinda had gotten to the end of Chikwende's splitting pass but his effort was equally delt with by the keeper.
Ngezi broke on a counter attack and the Chiefs' defence was caught napping, it was Chirinda who came to their rescue and defended what was a clear goal scoring opportunity.
In the thirtieth minute, Mukamba thought he had separated the two sides when he took a shot in the edge of the box but could not beat a diving Takabva Mawaya who produced a world class save by tipping the ball over the bar.
In the thirty third minute the referee pointed to the spot after Chirinda was brought down by the Ngezi defender. Chirinda stepped up to take the penalty and put his side one nil up.
All of a sudden Chiefs were like a team on a mission. They created chance after chance but lacked the final touch to find the second goal.
The referee signaled the half time with Chiefs going into the breather with a one goal cushion.
The second half kicked off with a different atmosphere as Ngezi made their signs early that they were more eager to find the equalizer.
Ben Nyawunzwi was introduced in the sixtieth minute to replace an injured Felix Moyo and he was immediately called into action by producing a well-timed tackle on Mukamba who was about to take a shot in a threatening position.
The game got more tense as the visitors tried to find an equaliser by all means, this saw their head coach Benjan Mwaruwari being yellow carded for inappropriate behaviour.
Mukamba continued to give Chiefs nightmares ,this time he thought had found the back of the net and got his tail up all over the Luveve Stadium. Only the lines-man to ruin his moment by signaling his goal for an offside.
Mukamba would back up his efforts of the day by equalising for his side. He required a second invitation from Mawaya who saved the first effort but Mukamba managed to seal the deal on the second time.
The match got more tense as both teams wanted to get that winning goal but all of their efforts were unfruitful.
"I think in the first half we were good; I think we started well. I think we were able to control, in terms of position, in terms of controlling and moving forward " said Terroso .