Is he CAPS' new Mr Goals?

HARARE - Dominic Chungwa arrived at CAPS United during the off season break with a big reputation preceding before him following his exploits in the Eastern Region Division One.

Chungwa had plundered a total of 54 goals in two seasons for Hippo Valley before arriving at the Green Machine.

A lot of the club’s followers had already started comparing him with the late United legend Shaky Tauro owing to his impressive stats in the second-tier league.

Since the season started, Chungwa had however done little to justify the hype that accompanied his arrival at the ailing Harare giants, who are hoping to reclaim their former glory this season.

Chungwa had to contend for a place in the starting lineup with Tawanda Nyamandwe and Leonard Fiyado.

The 24-year-old finally opened his Makepekepe account when he scored in the 2-1 win over How Mine a week ago before turning on the style on Saturday against Black Mambas.

Chungwa destroyed the police side when he scored the first hat-trick of the 2013 Castle Premiership season to help United claim a 4-1 win.

Makepekepe assistant coach Brenna Msiska praised the new CAPS signing for the way he has fitted into their system.

“On Dominic, we have been expecting him to score because he is just coming in from the first division and we said let’s wait for about four or five games,” Msiska said after the match.

“He played very well today and we knew it was just a matter of time before he started scoring and we are very proud of his three goals today.”

Chungwa is a traditional number nine and judging by his performance at the weekend, he is likely to trouble a lot of defences this season.

A lot has been said about how fullback Ronald Pfumbidzayi is the find of the season for United, but after the Mambas match, Chungwa has emerged as a possible threat to the rest of the league.

The former Eagles forward is blessed with a good physique for a centre forward, which makes it difficult for defenders to get the ball off him.

Against Mambas, Chunga showed a great sense of awareness and anticipation as he was at the right time always to punish the police outfit.

For his first goal after two minutes, Chungwa showed a great burst of pace to get into the box to meet Fiyado’s cross after a fast United break on the right.

His second goal was a result of determination as he chased a hopeless cross from Pfumbidzayi before profiting from Mambas goalkeeper Tonderayi Mateyaunga’s mistake.

Chungwa completed his hat-trick with a true striker’s finish when he reacted first to get to the ball after substitute Warumwa Warumwa goalie Ronald Mudimu had spilled a shot.

There is nothing fancy in Chungwa’s play as he scores the bread and butter goals, which is the hallmark of a great striker.

The season is still in its infancy but, the United forward has the potential to challenge FC Platinum’s Nelson Maziwisa for the Golden Boot.

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