CAPS fall to Shabanie

HARARE - Caps United’s early season promise continued to wither as they fell victim to a determined Shabanie Mine who condemned them to their second defeat on the trot in the Castle Premiership here yesterday.

United were fighting for redemption following their 1-0 defeat to Chicken Inn last weekend but with a shaky central defence and an unconvincing midfield all they could salvage was a home defeat.

Makepekepe clearly enjoyed the lion’s share of possession but they were never in control of the match, playing catch up right from the first whistle following Caleb Masocha’s 27th minute strike.

Leonard Fiyado’s skilfully taken 22 yard shot levelled matters for United five minutes later before the Chinda Boys captain Masocha completed his brace in the 35th minute.

Farai Mususunye seemed to put the game beyond United’s reach a minute before half time when he scored the asbestos miners third but Fiyado ensured that it would be a nervy finish when he scored his second for the afternoon on 77 minutes.

Shabanie however stood firm for those remaining 13 minutes to earn a well-deserved victory that coach Luke Masomera described as their turning point after a poor start.

The three points catapulted the Zvishavane team from the bottom of the log standings into 11th place whilst defeat for CAPS saw them tumble down to fifth place with 12 points from eight games.

“I’m really happy with the result. This victory is crucial for us, it’s a step or two out of relegation and if we keep playing like this come end of season we will be very comfortable,” Masomera said.

This is a match CAPS United will look back and lay the guilt of the result on their centre back Blessing, who had a nightmare.

Shabanie were content with seating back and attacking on the counter and that formula paid off as all their three goals came against the run of play.

After 27 minutes, Masocha caught the United defence flat footed to strike home his first of the afternoon.

United’s reply through Fiyado was one of class. The former Gunners forward received Moses Muchenje’s through ball from midfield.

He had the option to pass to Mahori, who was making a run down the left flank but showed a keen eye for goal by stroking his effort past goalie Victor Twaliki from 22 yards out.

Masocha’s second goal was almost similar to Fiyado’s strike.

United kept the pressure on Shabanie with Dominic Chungwa coming close and only being kept at bay by a resolute Chinda Boys defence.

A minute before the break, Pervington Zimunya linked well with Mususunye outside the box before the latter’s shot was wickedly deflected into Tafadzwa Dube’s net, to give the visitors a two-goal cushion.

Makepekepe seemed to lose steam as the second half wore on before Fiyado’s goal ignited some belief that they could come back.

However that comeback never came as Shabanie Mine wrapped up their second win of the season.

Teams

CAPS United: Tafadzwa Dube, Leonard Fiyado, Tapiwa khumbuyani, Blessing Zabula, George Magariro, Arnold Chivheya, Moses Muchenje, Tendai Samanja (Tawanda Nyamandwe, 45min), Dominic Chungwa, Takudzwa Mahori (Gift Phiri,60min),Joseph Mutambiranwa.

Shabanie Mine: Victor Twaliki, Smart Muchabaya, Peter Muzondo, Blessed Mbavarira, Tafadzwa Mombeshora, Fungai Chirinda, Valentine Ndaba, Pervington Zimunya (Mulungisi Ndlovu, 50 min), Farai Mususunye, Caleb Masocha, Pardon Marima.

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