CAPS climb up to 9th

HARARE - Caps United continued with their mini-rival with a comfortable 2-0 away victory over FC Platinum at Mandava in a Castle Lager Premiership match yesterday.

Asani Nhongo and Leonard Fiyado scored in either half to give Makepekepe their third consecutive win; their second in the league after their 2-1 win over Hardbody two weeks ago.

Last weekend, United beat Motor Action 1-0 in the first round of the Mbada Diamonds Cup.

With yesterday’s win Taurai Mangwiro’s men climbed into ninth place on the log with 26 points from 22 matches.

FC Platinum remains in seventh place on the log with 35 points from the same number of games.

Yesterday, the home side started the match by taking the game to their opponents and could have found the opening goal in the 11th minute.

Ali Sadiki’s long range free struck the upright with United goalkeeper Itai Chiwara well beaten.

Despite FC platinum’s early dominance the visitors however broke the deadlock through Nhongo in the 23rd minute.

Makepekepe were awarded a free kick on the right flank after Hardlife Zvirekwi was brought down by Qadr Amini.

Nhongo stepped up and produce a wonderful curling shot from the set-piece that beat the home side’s goalkeeper Francis Tizayi.

After the goal, the visitors congested their midfield with Tendai Samanja getting the better of his opposite numbers Allan Gahadzikwa and Joel Ngodzo.

At the start of the second half FC Platinum coach Tendai Chikuni brought in Charles Sibanda for Gahadzikwa in the 53rd minute.

Sibanda was making his return into the team after a three-week trail stint in Oman.

The dreadlocked forward almost provided an instant response when his powerful shot was saved by Chiwara a minute after he came on.

At that point the home side was now controlling the match and in the 55th Amini’s shot missed the upright by a whisker with Chiwara well beaten.

A minute later the United goalkeeper was called into action again when he produced a good save to deny William Manondo, who had been set up by Sibanda.

Sensing danger Mangwiro brought in David Rediyoni for Pride Tafirenyika in the 66th to wrestle control of the midfield again.

The move proved to be a masterstroke as Rediyoni was the architect of the second United goal in the 79th minute.

Rediyoni won possession just outside the box and his powerful shot was parried back into play by Tizayi.

Fiyado was at hand to tap in the rebound after the FC Platinum defence failed to back up their goalkeeper.

In the closing stages of the match, Chiwara made some stunning saves at the other end to Michelle Katsvairo and Sibanda.

After the match Makepekepe assistant coach Mkhuphali Masuku said: “It was a difficult game for us but we managed to fight our way to victory. The boys are now responding well to our tactics.”

The home side’s coach Tendai Chikuni paid tribute to United and admitted they had lost to a better side.

“They out played us in the midfield and we were not really in the game today. It’s now back to the drawing board and plan for the next match,” said Chikuni.


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