Kutsanzira's pace unlocks Bosso

HARARE - Although the weekend’s big Castle premiership match pitting Caps United and Highlanders failed to live up to expectations, one player really came to the fore and that is Rahman Kutsanzira.

The United winger was in the thick of things throughout the match as the fading Harare giants earned a famous 2-1 win that helped them climb to third place on the log.

Kutsanzira was the out let of most of the Makepekepe attacks on the left wing with Bosso full back Bruce Tshuma struggling to contain his pace.

The winger provided the assists for both United goals scored by Dominic Chungwa and Leonard Fiyado either side of the half.

Kutsanzira exert his influence on the game early on when he escaped Tshuma’s attention to receive Tawanda Munyanduri’s pass behind the Bosso lines.

With Tshuma out of possession, the entire Highlanders defence was unsettled by Kutsanzira’s forward run.

The United winger sent in a precise centre directed to Tawanda Nyamandwe, whose header was blocked by Dumisani Ndlovu.

The ricochet fell to an alert Chungwa, who showed great instinct by toe poking the ball home from close range beating Bosso goalkeeper Munyaradzi Diya.

Throughout the game, CAPS were a threat down the left wing whenever Kutsanzira was in possession.

Pace is the former Bosso player’s major weapon and he used it to great effect against his previous paymasters.

Kutsanzira’s decision making on Saturday was also excellent as he chose to send in a cross at the right moment or to take on his marker.

This is evident from the way he conjured up the assist for Fiyado’s winner late on in the match.

United turned over possession in their own half before releasing Kutsanzira on the counter.

The winger once again delivered a pin point cross that was turned in by Fiyado to give United the three points.

After the match, Makepekepe coach Taurai Mangwiro attested to the fact that Kutsanzira had been key to his team’s victory.

“He (Kutsanzira) was playing against his former paymasters and it was motivation on itself,” said Mangwiro.

“He has had a difficult time this season because of injuries and it’s good to have him back. We know how handy he can be for the team if he comes to the party. Today was one such day.”

The win on Saturday ensured that United are now three points off the top of the log going into the second half of the season.

Although Mangwiro refused to declare his team as title contenders one thing he is sure of is that they need to keep Kutsanzira fit if they are to challenge for honours.

“You could see that towards the end of the game today he was struggling because he is not 100 percent fit,” Mangwiro said of Kutsanzira’s fitness.

“If he can give us 100 or 110 percent in those minutes that he is on the pitch it will be good for us.”

Next up for Makepekepe is the return fixture against Bosso early next month at Barbourfields in Bulawayo.

The four-time Zimbabwe champions now have momentum going into that match as Bosso have been rocked by two consecutive defeats.

“I expect Highlanders to come out fighting next week but its advantage CAPS United because we are not under pressure going into that match,” said Mangwiro.

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