Takudzwa Chitsiga-Sports Reporter
Golden Eagles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (1) 1
Simba Bhora . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (0)1
ZIFA Northern Region Division One Soccer League leaders Simba Bhora were not at their best again as they shared the spoils with another title-chasing side Golden Eagles at Ellis Robins yesterday.
The Gilbert Mushangazhike-coached Golden Eagles took the lead in the first-half through Knowledge Mapuka in the 38th minute to take the half-time lead.
Simba Bhora had a goal ruled out for off-side after free-scoring Tinashe Balakasi had found the target through a header from an Ali Sadiki free-kick earlier on.
Simba Bhora, who looked a more determined side in the second half, managed to find the equaliser through Dean Chunga in the 89th minute after Golden Eagles failed to clear a Ronald Chitiyo cross.
Golden Eagles coach Mushangazhike blamed his players for complacency in the dying minutes of the game and believes it is still game on in the championship race.
“I am happy with the point we have gained and I was looking forward to this game as it has so much bearing on the championship race.
“We had done our homework well and I am now looking forward to our next fixture against Cam and Motor. The players did well but we were unlucky in the last stages where we conceded a goal,” said Mushangazhike.
Simba Bhora coach Arthur Tutani is worried about his travelling record as he is yet to collect maximum points in Harare.
“It was a good game and I am happy that we managed to collect a single point in the dying minutes. The game was evenly balanced and my players managed to pile the pressure until the last minute.
“We are now looking forward to the next match against Herentals Under-20 at Wadzanai,” said Tutani.
The other match at Boabab, Tinashe Mabvudzi made the different as his solitary strike help Ngezi Platinum-19 to get past Cam and Motor.