Derby defeat hurts says Zvirekwi

HARARE - CAPS United star player Hardlife Zvirekwi says it is difficult to cope with the defeat at the hands of rivals Dynamos in Sunday’s Harare derby at the National Sports stadium.

The Green Machine, who have failed to beat DeMbare since April 2009, seemed on track to break the jinx when midfield enforcer Tendai Samanja gave them an eighth minute lead.

Makepekepe went on to create a number of glorious chances in the opening half and were twice denied by the cross bar with a rattled DeMbare defence holding on for dear life.

The Glamour Boys regrouped in the second half and turned the tie on its head with two goals from Washington Pakamisa and substitute Russell Madamombe.

DeMbare were able to hold on for a famous 2-1 win and maintained the pressure on log leaders Highlanders, who they now trail by only a single point.

Speaking after the game, Zvirekwi, who was employed at right fullback in Tapiwa Kumbuyani’s absence, admitted the defeat was hard to accept considering the way United had performed especially in the first half.

“We deserved at least a point from the game. I think they scored two goals, had one more shot, and not much more in terms of chances,” the utility player told the Daily News.

“We started the game very well and put them under pressure. We had a lot of possession and hit the woodwork but could not take advantage of things.

“The second half was more difficult because they got an early goal after the break and it changed the complexion of the match. We still believed we could get something out of the game but it was not to be.

“It hurts to keep on losing to Dynamos especially after putting up such a strong performance in the first half. We had a period of around 15 minutes in the second half where we lost the game.

“We were desperate to come here and be ourselves and put in a performance where the fans could be extremely happy and proud.

“It’s always bad to lose the derby. The goals we conceded were more down to bad luck than the ability of our opponents, who were still good however.”

Sunday’s defeat leaves the Green Machine unchanged on fourth place on the table with 27 points four behind log leaders Highlanders and Zvirekwi insists their season is far from over.

“We still have the possibility to play for them (the top spots) and move forward with our style of football. So far we have lost games because of silly mistakes or bad luck,” he said.

“I believe we still have a good chance to fight for the championship. The important thing is how we respond to this setback. We need to go back to the drawing board and quickly pick up ourselves.

“There is no big difference between us and the top three teams. We just need to win our next matches. There is still a long a way to go.”

CAPS could have gone to the half time leading by at least four goals. But DeMbare can thank the woodwork for doing most of the defending in those opening 45 minutes after Dominic Mukandi and Dominic Chungwa all had their efforts coming off the crossbar.

Debutant Nicholas Alifandika also put in a splendid performance in that opening half forcing DeMbare goalie Artwell Mukandi to make a couple of outstanding saves.

Comments (6)

Ku Caps kune dofo remunhu rinotora muvengi kuisa pachigaro chakakosha. Maybe the excecutive is full of Dembare supporters. If it was me I would put a Caps son on that Job. Its better to loose with your own people then it casts all doubts. If we cant beat them with our own sons then thats it, why do we have to employ their people to beat them? No Caps son was given chance after chance like Mangwiro. All Caps sons were given Just one season and fired - Mangwiro its chance after chance , excuse after excuse. We are tired of this adminstration. I will stop going to the stadium until there are meaningful reforms.

taka - 29 July 2014

Taka i agree with you this CAPS team used to ply very well under the guidance of LOYD Chitembwe why they fired him instead of giving him a couple of years with the team it was an attacking team i tell you so turf luck much as Hardlife can waffle and say they did not loose to a better team i think he is asking for a lot from Demabare fans since 2009 and you say you lost to an average team is a little bit offside better luck next tyme maybe on cups like ZNA,HEROES.HOZA FRIDAY kkk

CHITEMBWE - 29 July 2014

Its not a matter of who coaches the team. A mistake or change of momentum during play costs the whole team. To all Caps fans and players lets not lose heart because of the Dembare game.Lets concentrate on other matches and hit them hard and then we are home and dry.

abbie makiwa - 29 July 2014

Sunday's result boils down to bad luck as the biggest cause.....or maybe we are cursed. We should have raced to a 3-0 or 4-0 halftime lead but that was not to be! The team is good....I used not to trust Mangwiro but after Sunday I have changed. Thats good soccer that I saw CAPS playing but it looks like Dynamos have just made it an art- to beat us. Our turn will come... Kepekepe Bhora.

True Makepekepe - 29 July 2014


LONG LIVE DEMBARE - 29 July 2014

This boy Pakamisa is dangerous .

BRIAN - 2 August 2014

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