CAPS rediscover winning formula

HARARE - Joseph Mutambiranwa came off the bench to hand CAPS United a dramatic victory against a wasteful Triangle in an entertaining Castle Premiership match here yesterday.

In truth, CAPS were somewhat fortunate to escape the win having played second fiddle to the home side for the entire 90 minutes.

Makepekepe, who were coming in this match from a background of two straight defeats at the hands of Chicken Inn and Shabanie Mine, had goalkeeper Tafadzwa Dube to thank after the former FC Platinum shot stopper gave a man-of-the match performance.

Dube literally kept the Green Machine in the match as Triangle failed to turn their dominance into goals.

Gishon Ntini’s men created several scoring opportunities but their forwards of Lameck Nhamo, Richard Kawondera, Willard Gondo and even substitute Blessing Maziwisa took turns to miss.

The defeat left Ntini a frustrated man after watching his charges dominating but failing to beat his former paymasters.

“We played very well,” Ntini told reporters after the match. “We cannot play any better football than this. We have done very well but it’s just unfortunate that we lost. I am worried with the number of chances we missed, football is sometimes cruel and this is the cruelty of it.”

The home side started on the front foot and could have gone ahead as early as the sixth minute but Kawondera’s flick was tipped away for a corner by impressive Dube.

The hosts threatened to run over their opponents. Nhamo, who was full of the running tormenting the CAPS rear guard all afternoon, failed to capitalise on Ronald Pfumbidzai’s back pass as he took time to allow Makepekepe defence to clear their lines.

It was miss after miss for the home side and in the 23rd minutes Kawondera again shot straight at Dube in a one on one situation after been sent through by Nhamo.

With Ntini’s men pressing for the opener they won a free kick just outside the box but Nhamo’s attempt was tipped for a corner by Dube.

As the match approached half time, in a rare attack by United, Leonard Fiyado almost caught Triangle by surprise but his shot went wide.

Soon after the resumption, Kawondera was the culprit again as he had the easiest task of putting Triangle ahead but he hit a weak shot with only the keeper to beat.

Ntini brought some fresh pair of legs in by introducing Maziwisa for Kawondera but it  did nothing as they took turns to miss.

In the 60th minute, Gondo was denied by the cross bar with Dube beaten all systems out and Maziwisa’s rebound was again thwarted by the impressive keeper.

Tawanda Nyamadwe, who by his standards had a rather subdued game up front, had a chance to send the visitors ahead but he failed to connect with Pfumbidzai’s inviting cross.

Mutambiranwa, who came in as substitute for Fiyado, hit a scorcher from outside the box to hand Caps a dramatic win in the 81st minute.

Despite some anxious moments from Triangle substitutes Tinei Meda and Tawanda Muyendi, CAPS managed to hold on for the victory. - Godknows Matarutse

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