CAPS assume top spot

BULAWAYO - In-form CAPS United took over the Castle Premiership log leadership after a convincing win that left Chicken Inn head coach Joey Antipas at a loss of words here yesterday.

The Green Machine, who are now on a run of four straight wins, scored a beautiful goal in each half through the enterprising Hardlife Zvirekwi and Moses Muchenje to take their points tally to 26 while the hosts got their face saver from second half substitute Bhekimpilo Ncube.

The visitors were the first to settle with Zvirekwi very influential as he flourished from a free role in midfield with some good movement on and off the ball.

And after watching Makepekepe running rings around his charges for the better part of the game Chicken Inn coach Antipas was lost for words as he tried to point out where his charges went wrong.

"We just did not play well today and we were not creative at all. It’s one of those days and we have got to go back to the drawing board and work hard to get our act together," Antipas said.

Man-of-the-match Zvirekwi opened the scoring on 33 minutes with an exquisite volley that left Chicken Inn keeper Elvis Chipezeze clutching thin air.

A long ball from Makepekepe centre half David Chipala was flicked onto Zvirekwi's path by Leonard Fiyado and the Warriors utility player volleyed home in an unorthodox fashion when he struck the ball with his little toe to open the scoring.

This was a well deserved strike for Zvirekwi whose clever runs in midfield had resulted in his side taking the game to the hosts after an uninspiring start to the match.

The visitors had earlier had a tricky free kick by Pervington Zimunya being punched away for a corner by Chipezeze and had to watch in disbelief when their penalty shout was ignored by referee Philani Ncube after Danny Phiri had tackled Dominic Chungwa from behind inside the penalty box.

After the break CAPS United continued from where they left off at halftime and Muchenje duly grabbed his team's second on 67 minutes when he benefitted from a stray pass by Ncube and shot powerfully past an exposed Chipezeze.

The dreadlocked Ncube made amends nearly ten minutes later when he headed home a good cross by John Bernard to reduce the arrears for the Gamecocks.

Bernard could have levelled matters for the hosts with three minutes to full time but his powerful free kick from just outside the penalty arc narrowly went wide.

Stand-in CAPS United coach Mike Madzivanyika was full of praises for his charges after their good performance.

"The boys played according to instructions and I am happy that we have taken our winning streak to four games.

"It is looking good for us at the moment and we just have to stay focused and continue to play good football," Madzivanyika said.

Chicken Inn: Elvis Chipezeze, John Bernard, Devive Lunga, Moses Jackson, Lawrence Mhlanga, Danny Phiri, Thabani Goredema (Frankson Bushiri 46), Clemence Matawu, Canaan Nkomo (Bheki Ncube 58) Thomas Chimenya (Toto Banda 66), Ishmael Lawe.

CAPS United: Joram Muchambo, Tapuwa Khumbuyani, David Chipala, Stephen Makatuka, Asani Nhongo, Dominic Mukandi, Moses Muchenje, Hardlife Zvirekwi, Pervington Zimunya (Tinashe Mukanahiri 89), Leonard Fiyado, Dominic Chungwa

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