CAPS target league title

BULAWAYO - CAPS United have positioned themselves as the dark horses for the Castle Premiership title after putting up a breathtaking show against Highlanders and the referee in a goalless stalemate on Sunday.

Referee Philani Ncube had a terrible game at Barbourfields Stadium as he made a lot of inconsistent decisions that left the visitors a frustrated lot. 

Makepekepe won the admiration of neutrals with their lightning fast attacks and could have come away with the full set of points had they played with a full complement of their players for the entire match.

But besides playing with a man short after the expulsion of defender Arnold Chivheya after 36 minutes for a second bookable offence, the rejuvenated Harare giants outplayed Highlanders and could have won the game had their strikers been more precise in front of goal.

Before sending off Chivheya, Ncube had also attracted the wrath of the Green Machine after he reversed his decision to award the Harare side a penalty in the 21st minute.

After the match, CAPS head coach, Taurai Mangwiro focused on the positives from his side’s performance and believes his team has a good chance of gate crashing their way to the title.

“We are still within striking distance of the leading pack and we just need to get positive results when playing away from home and see to it that we maximise at home,” Mangwiro said.

“When I look at the outstanding fixtures for us most of our matches will be in Harare and if we can get our confidence right and string a number of good results then we can do better than in the first half of the season where we got 26 points.”

CAPS are in fifth position with 27 points to their credit and trail leaders Harare City by four points.

Makepekepe will play against coalminers Hwange in their next league match.

Deposed leaders Highlanders were a pale shadow of the team that has in the past dazzled opponents with their passing game as they put up one of their worst performances at Barbourfields in the last couple of years.

Their Zambian coach Kelvin Kaindu however, chose to celebrate the point gained rather than focus on the two points dropped in his post match interview.

“I think we tried our best considering that we were coming from a losing streak and getting a point is a positive for us,” Kaindu said.

“We could have done better and maybe come out with three points but I think we tried our best under the circumstances.”

Bosso were a disjointed lot and failed to make any meaningful build ups as their passes kept going astray.

The fading Bulawayo giants played like a team that is very low on morale and lacking in motivation.

This could maybe be attributed to the financial problems bedevilling the club that have led to the non-payment of winning bonuses to players.

Financial problems aside, Highlanders also need to play with a proper anchorman because their defence has of late been overworked after being exposed by makeshift holding midfielders.

Hillary Madzivanyika and Mthulisi Maphosa are best suited to a more attacking role and tend to stray off position which leaves the defence unprotected.

The only holding linkman with a sense of positional discipline at Highlanders at the moment is Douglas Sibanda, but the player who was acquired from Matabeleland South at the beginning of the season is yet to be utilised and is a bench warmer.

Goals have also dried up for Highlanders, who have gone for a number of games without scoring from open play.

Highlanders face local rivals Chicken Inn in their next league match.

Bosso lost the reverse fixture 1-0.

Comments (2)

ha ha ha caps will never win any trophy this year watch the space

balomania - 9 July 2013

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A Gwada - 9 July 2013

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