Dube's return boosts CAPS

HARARE - CAPS United were grateful to goalkeeper Tafadzwa Dube for helping the Green Machine get back into contention for the Castle Premiership title race following their 1-0 win over Chicken Inn on Sunday.

Forward Kelvin Bulaji scored the winning goal for Makepekepe in the first half before he was replaced because of injury as CAPS bounced back to winning ways following the Harare derby defeat to Dynamos.

Makepekepe remained in fourth place on the log with 30 points but now trail leaders Highlanders by only two points following the win over the Gamecocks. 

In the second half, the Gamecocks threw everything at United as they searched for the equaliser but found a stumbling block in Dube.

The Makepekepe goalie was in an inspired form as he repelled all the Chicken Inn attempts to make his return to the Makepekepe starting line-up up after an 11-match absence.

Dube has been relegated to the bench after an awful performance between the sticks in the 4-0 defeat to Highlanders at Barbourfields Stadium in May.

On that afternoon, all the United departments were out of sync as they were ruthlessly put to the sword by Bosso but it was Dube’s performance that came in for most of the criticism.

The former Dynamos and FC Platinum shot stopper was badly positioned for all four Highlanders goals and coach Taurai Mangwiro responded by dropping him to the bench for Jorum Muchambo.

That spell on the bench probably gave Dube enough time for some soul searching as Muchambo put in some splendid performances for the Green Machine.

Football is a cruel sport and after the 2-1 defeat to Dynamos a week ago, the Makepekepe supporters all called for Muchambo’s blood.

In reality, there was nothing Muchambo could have done for both DeMbare goals as Washington Pakamisa produced a moment of magic to equalise with a spectacular overhead kick.

Russell Madamombe scored the winning goal and there was nothing Muchambo could have done to stop it from going in as he was unsighted by the many bodies in front of him.

Supporters are, however, a fickle lot and all the blame was laid squarely on Muchambo’s lap.

Mangwiro was forced to make a raft of changes for the Chicken Inn match and that also included a decision on who would start in goal against the Bulawayo-based side.

In the end, Dube got the call and he did not disappoint when his chance to returning to the starting XI finally arrived.

To their credit, Chicken Inn threw everything against CAPS especially in a one-sided second half but Dube was the hero of the day for the home side.

After the match, Mangwiro was full of praise for the United goalkeeper, who received a lot of stick from the club fans following his poor display against Bosso.

“To me he (Dube) has always been a top keeper. Jorum Muchambo saved us very well when Tafadzwa was on the bench and today it was Tafadzwa’s turn and he had a good show but all I am saying is people shouldn’t subject our players to unnecessary pressure,” said the Makepekepe coach.

“They shouldn’t see us as people who do not know what we are doing. What we would need is their support going forward not this blame games or what. Tafadzwa was under-performing because of the pressure coming from the fans, the same fans that were today singing songs of praise for him. People need to believe that a player can have an off day on the pitch.”

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