More derby pain for CAPS

HARARE - CAPS United were once again left soul-searching after their 10-game unbeaten run came to an end in a match they failed to underline their title credentials against bitter rivals Dynamos at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday.

The Green Machine had the chance to close the gap on their rivals and make a bold statement in the title race, but will only have themselves to blame for the 1-0 loss.

“We have to keep on working harder...it is worrisome that we continue to live in the shadows of Dynamos,” United coach Taurai Mangwiro summed up the match.

For all the hype that characterised the build-up to the 71st edition of the Harare Derby, it is the green half of the capital that is left with a battered and bruised ego.

From the first whistle, United were not playing with confidence and their midfield was their Achilles heel as it failed to click and thread meaningful passes for forwards Dominic Chungwa and Tawanda Nyamandwe.

United central midfield pairing of Tendai Samanja and Moses Muchenje were second to the ball as they struggled to match the strength of Stephen Alimenda and Tawanda Muparati in the crucial midfield battle.

Hardlife Zvirekwi and Benson Maglas were blowing hot and cold on the wings and it was always going to be difficult for the United’s strikers to get decent chances to test George Chigova.

How Mangwiro continues to retain Nyamandwe in his starting XI remains a mystery as the former Monomotapa skipper is clearly struggling leading the United line.

Despite possessing an imposing frame, Nyamandwe failed to make any meaningful contribution to his teams’ cause and it is hardly surprising that he has scored only three goals this season.

His last goal came in the 1-1 draw against Hwange in July while the other two came from the penalty spot in the 2-1 win over Motor Action in the first half of the season.

On the other hand, Dynamos’ Ugandan import Boban Zirintusa dictated the pace in an advanced attacking role as he operated in the hole behind lone striker Washington Pakamisa.

Down the wings, Dynamos always looked dangerous when Russell Madamombe and Cliff Sekete had possession with United wingbacks Tapiwa Kumbuyani and Ronald Pfumbidzai struggling to contain the slippery duo.

United slowly came out of their shell in second period after the introduction of lively winger Tinovonga Muskwe but could not find a way through a well marshalled Dynamos defence.

And Muskwe did justify his inclusion for the tiring Maglas showcasing his skill and vision in a tension filled Harare derby.

A naturally talented winger, Muskwe could not, however, inspire his team’s comeback as the Green Machine failed to find a way past the resolute DeMbare defence marshalled by the impressive Jaure.

Calisto Pasuwa’s men sat deep allowing United all the possession in the second but they were quick to pounce on the break.

In the end, Pasuwa tactics paid off and DeMbare can continue enjoying their status as the top team in the capital.

Comments (2)

what a poor report u cant even mention the goal scorer and the missile throwing ,u must be a die hard caps or bosso fan nxaaa

rugare - 16 September 2013

it is indeed a poor report, and u think readers can waste their time reading this, who scored for Dynamos, the writer must be Bosso or Caps fan nxaaaa

NAISON FROM MABVUKU - 17 September 2013

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