CAPS United bounce back

HARARE - CAPS United coach Taurai Mangwiro has demanded consistency from his charges after the Green Machine recovered from last weekend drabbing by Highlanders to win 2-0 against Black Rhinos on Saturday.

Makepekepe came into yesterday’s match still leaking the wounds following their 4-0 thumping by Bosso at Barbourfields Stadium in their previous match.

Ronald Pfumbidayi scored a first half brace for the Green Machine to hand the army side their third consecutive defeat in the Castle Premiership league.

“What was needed today was to grind a result and I am happy we got the desired result,” Mangwiro said after the match.

“What is needed now is consistency, today the boys played very well and we need to keep that winning formula.”

First choice goalkeeper Tafadzwa Dube was the biggest casualty from that Bosso defeat as he was dropped to the bench as Mangwiro opted to give Joram Muchambo a chance.

Dube was at fault for all four Highlanders goals as the Bulawayo giants scored at his near post.

The Makepekepe fans are still disappointed with Dube’s erformance from that match and yesterday they gave the goalie a lot of stick every time he was on their sights. 

The fans behaviour did not go down well with Mangwiro, who came at the defence of his goalkeeper. 

“You know every player will hit a bad patch even a world class goalkeeper like Joe Hart went through a similar period this season with Manchester City,” said the Makepekepe coach.

“It’s healthy in football to have competition between the goalkeepers but I’m disappointed with supporters for booing at Tafadzwa.

“Dube is our great player and for a team we need to have various options when he is injured or when he is called for national duty and today I’m happy Muchambo managed to keep a clean sheet.”

The former Monomotapa coach also praised Pfumbidzayi for his good show.

“Pfumbidzai’s game is on the up now, with all speculation of moving to different teams during the start of the season, I think he is now picking form and we are now concentrating on our next game,” Mangwiro said.

Black Rhinos coach Authur Tutani praised his team’s performance despite the defeat.

“I am very pleased with the performance of my boys today however; I am disappointed with the result,” he said.

“We need to go back and work on our mistakes; pressure is now mounting on us to win. However, we are now looking on our next assignment it will be a must win for us.”

Yesterday, CAPS opened the scoring in the 27th minute when Black Rhino defender James Mukombwe handled inside the box.

Pfumbidzai stepped up to beat Rhinos goalie Herbert Rusawo from the spot. 

The fullback completed his brace two minutes before halftime when he headed home Moses Muchenje’s corner kick.

During the second half, CAPS continued to control the game but failed to turn their dominance into more goals.

With the win, Makepekepe moved into sixth place on the log with 11 points from seven games while Rhinos remained in 13th place with six points from the same number of games.

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