Mangwiro satisfied with display

HARARE - CAPS United coach Taurai Mangwiro has jumped to the defence of the quality of football on display in the just-ended 2013 Castle Premiership season.

Makepekepe finished the season sitting on fifth place after turning the championship race on its head with a draw against Harare City that indirectly handed Dynamos their third straight title.

Dynamos won the League with 54 points just a mere 16 points more than Black Mambas, who occupy the last relegation slot.

Many United faithful were left in dejection as they had hoped their team would deny DeMbare their 20th title.

But Mangwiro was happy his side finished off the season on a high note and believes with better concentration they could have gone on to win the league title.

“I remember 10 or 11 matches when I returned from the Asiagate ban, I remember talking to some journalist telling them that ‘I don’t think they will be a dominant force in the league and I don’t see a team getting to 55 points’ of which it turned out to be true,” Mangwiro said.

“And just some few weeks ago I was talking to my players telling them that let’s get a maximum nine points out of the three games that are remaining and these nine points will see us home.

“But we couldn’t get all the nine points and at the end of it all we have ourselves to blame.

“But the season itself was very competitive.

“Look at a team like Dynamos despite having lost quite a number of matches they still go on to win the championship.

“I wouldn’t want to agree that it was a poor season if anything there was a lot of competition. Also exciting, you go into the last match not knowing who will be relegated or who will win the title.”

You have to go back to 2005 when Dynamos and CAPS United indirectly helped each other’s cause.

In that year Dynamos were starring relegation in the face needing a victory on the last day of the season to avoid the chop.

Their opponents where CAPS United’s title rivals Masvingo United.

Yuna Yuna needed to beat Dynamos to relegate the Harare giants to Division One and also hoping Black Rhinos beat Makepekepe at the National Sports Stadium so that they lift their first PSL title.

Rhinos did their part and beat United 0-3 but Yuna Yuna faltered when it mattered most and were beaten in their own backyard by

Dynamos handing United their second consecutive title.

As updates filtered through the NSS that a hostile crowd at Mucheke Stadium could not stop a defiant Moses Chunga from recording victory, CAPS United fans burst into song for they had landed their second consecutive title, thanks to their rivals.

Comments (4)

This Mangwiro guy must just go. I doubt if Phiri himself is a true CAPS fan???? If he was he will know what it means to support CAPS. He will not look up to Dynamos sons for better results when we have all these CAPS sons capable.

Taka - 26 November 2013

Celebrating failure. What is this now? I seem not to understand this man called Taurai Mangwiro. Such a well respected mentor stooping so low, why? What is this? Mr Mangwiro you are at CAPS United, not Masvingo United or Monomotapa Football club. This is a club with history and a name. This is a club with some reputation to protect. This is a club with a winning culture. A once dominant force in terms of Zimbabwean football. We thought you would simply adapt to that culture. With such mind set we are tempted to agree with those who question your allegiance. I have never doubted you but now I'm tempted to think otherwise. Mr Mangwiro your first utterances should be apologies to the CAPS family for such an agonising season. Defeats to Black Mambas, Black Rhinos, Shabanie, should have embarrassed you .Now you need to off load a number of players and bring in some new faces with an appetite to win things. Baba munebasa apa. Your current squad has got no shape at all. Being in the premiership is not all about survival but challenging for honours. Semi baba you have failed to beat Dynamos and I doubt if you have the slightest clue as to what to do to achieve that .Change your mind set if you want to start winning.

SHAVA - 26 November 2013

Twine Phiri is to blame too. Three months or more without paying players their dues what is that. What type of leadership is that? What type of management is that? Twine should consider floating some shares or selling that beautiful club to someone else. We love our CAPS Football club and we just cannot put-up with this mess anymore. We will follow CAPS wherever they go. Twine should lead by example. Show his love for the team and Tau will simply follow suit. Please taneta

SHAVA - 26 November 2013

I just wonder which matches our coaches watch...TM was happy with CAPS display!? Kick and run football, where even the basics like control and passing were not on display. The whole day, i could not count beyond four accurate passes from each team. How can any coach be satisfied with this? Soccer has evolved into a modern game where technique, application, tactics and strategy are now more important than individual dribbling skills. But sadly our coaches do not realise this, so i guess we are stuck to watching good football on TV only

The Oracle - 26 November 2013

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