Munyaradzi Musiiwa in Gweru
Whawha . . 0
How Mine . 0
Relegation-threatened WhaWha failed to utilise home advantage when they were held to a goalless draw by How Mine in a Castle Larger Premiership match at Ascot yesterday. The Gweru based side didn’t come to the party and played second fiddle to their opponents and on the few occasions they got chances lack of experience and responsibility was at the fore for the youthful side as they tended to play more to the gallery than to finish off the chances that came their way.
WhaWha coach Lloyd Mutasa was left to rue lack of decisiveness in front of goal by his players. “The youngsters failed to put away the chances we created. We would have wanted to utilise home advantage because at this stage of the season you need to win at home. “We are now being forced to look at results from other matches because this is no longer in our hands,” said Mutasa.
It was actually the visitors who were first to settle and threatened in the fifth minute with seasoned defender Gilbert Banda having his header cleared off the line by Paddington Maburutse with the goalkeeper Stanley Chakwana already beaten.
Timothy January was presented with a perfect chance to punish a badly positioned WhaWha defence when he was allowed a free header inside the box but he headed straight to the goalkeeper who punched the ball back into play. Devon Chafa came close three minutes into the second half when his header off a Godfrey Nguwodzawo cross missed the upright by a few inches.
WhaWha who lacked decision making in the final third had a perfect chance to hit at their opponents when Fleance Mwerenga spotted an unmarked Kenneth Buka inside the box but the latter headed straight at the goalkeeper. The script remained the same for the home side as they lacked decision making going forward with Albert Matewu breaking loose on the right side in optional time but instead of squaring the ball to Ali Njoloma on the left side he chose to go for the kill and his low shot missed the target.
How Mine Interim coach Jeremiah Makota was pleased with a point away from home. “A point away from home is good for us considering that we have not been playing well in the last matches. It’s a pleasing performance from the players and if we continue with such a performance we will finish in a respectable position,” said Makota.