CAPS derail Platinum

HARARE - CAPS United maintained their dominance over FC Platinum with a narrow win over the Zvishavane-based side in a Castle Premiership match here yesterday.

The win saw the Green Machine bouncing back to winning ways following last weekend’s 1-0 defeat at the hands of rivals Dynamos and a mid-week two-all draw against Tripple B in their last two league matches.

Goals from hard-running forward Dominic Chungwa and substitute Moses Muchenje were enough to hand CAPS a deserved win to ensure they maintain their dominance over platinum miners.

United has not lost to the platinum miners since their promotion into the top flight league 2011.

Platinum, who were tipped championship contenders at the start of the campaign after managing four wins in their opening four matches, had a chance to redeem at least a point from yesterday’s game but striker Nelson Maziwisa was denied from the spot-kick by goalkeeper Tafadzwa Dube.

Former Motor Action striker Allen Gahadzikwa pulled one back for Tenant Chiluba’s charges from the second penalty kick for the platinum miners inside five minutes towards the end after CAPS’ defender Tawanda Munyanduri had handled in the box.

Chiluba was forced to make a change in the 25th minute when central defender Daniel Veremu limped off the pitch after he picked an injury in an attempt to clear his lines.

The former Warriors defender was replaced by young Raphael Muduwiva.

“We lost it in the first half,” Chiluba told reporters after the match.

“We lacked experience especially after the substitution of Veremu who got injured. Our back four lacked concentration.

“There was no concentration from the twins (Kelvin and Elvis Moyo) but there are still young and we will keep on working with them. Maziwisa missed maybe because he was under too much pressure and he hurried his effort.

“I think there is no need to panic yet. We are still in the right track. We have a young team and we will keep on working hard. We are going back to the drawing board to ensure we come back strong in our next matches.”

The game started on a low note with both teams failing to make any meaningful exchanges especially in midfield where CAPS United was missing their utility player Hardlife Zvirekwi.

United coach Taurai Mangwiro responded by making an early substitution bringing in Muchenje for Takudzwa Mahori in the 29th minute.

The home side immediately went ahead after Chungwa received a long ball from the back and with Platinum defence hesitant to clear the striker ghosted in to slide home past the advancing Petros Mhari.

The platinum miners could have went to the break tied 1-1 but Michelle Katsvairo saw his effort crashing against the cross bar on stroke of the half time.

After the breather, it was a close contest with either team having a fair share of chances but it was United who doubled their lead through Muchenje, who headed home a Ronald Pfumbidzai corner kick on 52 minutes.

Buoyed by the goals United went on to create more scoring opportunities but their strikers either shot wide or found keeper Mhari equal to the task.

The miners took control towards the end of the game after the introduction of former Quelaton midfielder Mhleli Sibanda and Raymond Sibanda in the 58 and 60th minute.

The duo injected some life into their struggling midfield and began to trouble Makepekepe.

Platinum were handed two spot-kicks inside the last ten minutes of the match but Maziwisa’s effort was well saved by Dube while Gahadzikwa scored the second for the miners two minutes from time.

After the match, Dube was showered with wards of US dollars by jubilant United fans for his stunning saves during the match.

Teams:  

CAPS United: Tafadazwa Dube, Tapiwa Kumbuyani, Ronald Pfumbidzai, George Magariro (Dominic Mukandi 45th min), Arnold Chivheya, Tawanda Munyanduri, Tendai Samanja, Dominic Chungwa, Takudzwa Mahori (Moses Muchenje 29th min), David Rediyoni, Leonard Fiyado

FC Platinum: Petros Mhari, Daniel Veremu (Rapheal Muduwiva 29 min), Kelvin Moyo, Elvis Moyo, Allen Gahadzikwa, Thabani Kamusoko, Winston Mhango (Raymond Sibanda 58 min), Obrey Chirwa (Mhleli Sibanda 60th min), Aaron Katebe, Michelle Katsvairo, Nelson Maziwisa. - Godknows Matarutse

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