CAPS win delights Mangwiro

HARARE - CAPS UNITED coach Taurai Mangwiro wants a permanent return to the National Sports Stadium after seeing his side brush aside the challenge of Triangle 2-1 to pick up their second win of the season.

Goals from Tapiwa Khumbuyani and Ronald Pfumbidzai, sandwiched by Tinei Chitoro’s strike, ensured United would bag all three points yesterday.

“If you are to go back and look at our performance last season at the NSS, I thought we had turned it into a fortress,” said Mangwiro.

“Let’s hope the good times will start rolling again. We have advocated for a permanent return to the NSS.”

Mangwiro yesterday gave highly-rated Malawian star Ismael Thindwe his first berth in United colours.

“I know expectations are high but he gave a good account for himself. I’m happy for him and with more game time he will continue to grow.”

His opposite number, Biggie Zuze, felt his players gave a good account of themselves despite going back home empty handed.

“I feel we should have gone back with something but that is the name of the game. I just hope for better performance in our next assignment.”

Yesterday United broke the deadlock just six minutes into the match through Khumbuyani’s towering header off Gerald Phiri’s corner kick.

Two minutes later, Triangle goalkeeper Ronald Mudimu would be called into action again following Phiri’s low shot from the edge of the box but this time Mudimu was equal to the task.

The Lowveld side started to come into their own with Felix Kuswatuka crashing his header onto Tafadzwa Dube’s upright before Brian Juwayeyi saw his follow up shot tipped over the bar by the United keeper.

But there was no denying Zuze’s side in the 43rd minute when Chitoro capitalised on some poor defending to head home to level matters.

After the breather, United looked the more likely side to surge ahead with Stephen Makatuka’s header cleared off the line before Dominic Mukandi crashed his effort onto the upright.

Pfumbidzai would get the al important decider in the 75th minutes after curling his free-kick away from the reach of Mudimu.

United would go on to wade off a late Triangle onslaught to pick up all three points.

CAPS: Tafadzwa Dube, Tapiwa Khumbuyani, David Chapula, Stephen Makatuka, Ronald Pfumbidzai, Tendai Samanja, Hardlife Zvirekwi (Tinashe Mukanhaire, 58m), Gerald Phiri (Dominic Mukandi, 50m), Moses Muchenje, Ismael Thindwa (Madaliso Mwanza, 87m), Dominic Chungwa.
Triangle: Ronald Mudimu, Praise Tonha, Ronald Maketo, Chastern Ndondonga (Brian Mapfumo, 60m), Jimmy Tigere, Brian Juwayeyi (Denis Courage, 69m), Tichaona Chipunza, Pasca Manhanga, Felix Kuswatuka, Tinei Chitora, Willard Gondo (Lameck Nhamo, 75m).

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