Machapa: Made for the Derby

HARARE – Scores of footballers have written their names into the CAPS United-Dynamos derby folklore but none in recent times can match Oscar Machapa’s unique exploits in Harare’s most competitive football match.

The former Moroka Swallows player, whose exquisite wonder strike decided last weekend’s Harare Derby in DeMbare’s favour, is one of the few players who have illuminated this fixture on both sides of the divide.

On Easter Monday in 2009, an inspired 10-minute spell by Machapa was instrumental, handing CAPS a 2-0 victory over sworn enemy Dynamos. The tall Mabvuku-born player created the two Makepekepe goals scored by their then chief striker Nyasha Mushekwi, who is now plying his trade in Belgium.

The Zimbabwe international gave then Dynamos defender Sam Mutenheri a torrid time down the right flank on that Easter Monday afternoon. In a classic example of the cruelty of the Harare Derby, the match turned out to be Mutenheri’s last game for the Glamour Boys.

For Machapa, the excellent performance propelled his career to greater heights, eventually convincing South African giants Moroka Swallows to secure his signature from CAPS in 2010.

Fast forward to 2013. After the ignominy of being off-loaded by Moroka Swallows and with many questioning the wisdom of acquiring a player reportedly on the decline, Machapa used the latest DeMbare-Makepekepe clash to announce that he still has what it takes.

With a goal of the highest quality fit enough to enter the list of the best goals ever scored at Rufaro Stadium, Machapa demonstrated once more that he was no derby fluke but one made to flourish in the testing conditions of the Harare Derby.

The former CAPS and Moroka Swallows defender, a mid-season free transfer acquisition, outwitted a couple of Makepekepe players on the right flank in the twilight of the opening half before letting go an exquisite out-footer which left the usually reliable Tafadzwa Dube, in the CAPS goal,  with no answer.

It remains to be seen if the Machapa’s latest Harare Derby exploits will once more give him another passport to the big time.

Comments (2)

i think he has been a big difference in those derbies,continue show greatness even though this time with a sworn Caps enemies

Trinos Nyoni - 19 September 2013

well said

fellysher - 19 September 2013

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