Chibuku Trophy: Blast from the past

HARARE - Growing up in Harare’s Glen Norah high density suburb in Harare was fun.

Part of the fun emanated from being surrounded by football and music stars who resided there.

The late Chimbetu brothers, Simon and Naison had their home in Glen Norah A as well as Friday Phiri, Charles Sibanda, Shacky Tauro and Ernest Sibanda.

The Marxist Brothers, as the band led by Simon and Naison was then known, was a hit with my father who made sure he did not miss buying any of its latest LPs (now known as albums.)
Chopper and Doctor Nero, in one of their most outstanding achievements — at least in the eyes of Shiriyedenga Primary School pupils — performed two weekends at the school’s car park in a fundraising bid which culminated in the construction of the school’s precast wall (durawall) which is still intact today — 28 years after my departure.

On the football front, Tauro, Phiri and Sibanda were heroes whose outstanding achievements at CAPS United did not go unnoticed in Glen Norah.

Their success led to the emergence of young talent which would go on to do well in the then Super League.

Noone doubts that Edwin Farayi was prodigious talent and many would agree that Kudzanai Taruvinga, George Mandizvidza (late) Tobias Sibanda (late) Tidings Keta, Oscar Motsi, Smart
Mukwena and Basil Chisopo, merited their places in the CAPS United team.

They were inspired by Tauro, a Highfield -born striker who crossed High Glen Road from Zororo in Highfield to settle in Glen Norah in 1977 upon joining CAPS Private Limited, the subsidiary of the currently troubled CAPS Holdings Limited.

The company had a housing scheme which benefitted its employees and my father was also one of the beneficiaries.

My love for football and CAPS United was built from this relationship.

Today, I am so excited by the return of the Chibuku Trophy after almost 24 years away from the domestic scene.

This is the trophy that, for me, evokes strong memories, about CAPS United losses and wins.

It is a trophy that also underlined the competitive nature of the Super League teams and the golden talent that Zimbabwe produced during that time.

I remember crying the day CAPS United lost 1-3 to Dynamos in the final (1982) when Kuda Muchemeyi (late), Hamid Dhana and Archieford Chimutanda (late) led DeMbare to that victory.
Tobias Moyo scored for CAPS.

In 1984, the two teams met in the semi-finals at Rufaro where CAPS United were hammered 2-6 by DeMbare.

On that “fateful” day, Sunday and Misheck (Marimo) Chidzambwa and Tauro were expelled for fighting on the pitch.

This happened in front of the then ceremonial president Canaan Banana (late) who was known as the number one soccer fan because of his love for the sport.

I remember very well how Stanford “Stix” Mtizwa, at the centre of a tug of war between CAPS United and Black Rhinos — scored a brace in that horrendous defeat.

CAPS United had defiantly used him before the wrangle had been resolved and were later fined.

Highlanders would go on to beat Dynamos 2-1 at Rufaro in the final through goals by Madinda Ndlovu and Willard Khumalo.

Dynamos got their goal from Douglas Chingoka.

But arguably the best game ever to be played in the Chibuku Trophy final was between CAPS United and Black Rhinos — the 3-3 1987 final.

CAPS’ Freddy Mkwesha gambled and played Brenna Msiska whose injured shoulder exposed him during corner kicks from which Black Rhinos profited.

Rhinos led twice through Maronga Nyangela and Jerry Chidawa ( in that order) while CAPS United fought back through Tauro and Phiri before the match went into extra time.

Tauro gave CAPS United the lead in the first half of extra time only for Stanley “Sinyo” Ndunduma to score a belter from a Simon Mugabe short corner with seven minutes remaining on the clock.

Rhinos won the replay 2-1 courtesy of a Mtizwa brace while Gift Mudangwe (late) scored for CAPS United.

I have wistfully looked back at those glorious and inglorious years of CAPS United in the Chibuku Trophy and I am glad the competition is back with us.

Hopefully, CAPS United meet either Highlanders or Dynamos in the final!

    Comments (5)

    The 1982 final, CAPS United scored through Stanford Mtizwa, chested controlled beatifully, before volleying past Japhet Mparutsa, I was there, mayo, mayo doing grade 7 then! Kepe Kepe bhora.

    Tsuro - 15 August 2014

    kepe kepe was strong early 80s. these years its no longer kepe kepe we used to know. they don;t have a cup i think for the past six years. gone are the days they have the players like tauro and shambo

    h muchidza - 15 August 2014

    kepe kepe was strong early 80s. these years its no longer kepe kepe we used to know. they don;t have a cup i think for the past six years. gone are the days they have the players like tauro and shambo

    h muchidza - 15 August 2014

    Its not a CAPS United problem only. As long as the Economy is dead then reviving soccer becomes an illusion. Without money our teams can not have competitive junior teams. People tend to blame ZIFA for that..but where wld ZIFA get money for juniors when they are struggling to keep the warriors goings. With liquidity crunch the corporates can not participate in soccer. That partly explains why the CAPS of today is full of 'expats'....the current squad haina a one-club-born-and-bred CAPS son! Vekutenga they move on as soon as things get tuff.....hapana anorwadziwa nekudyiwa neDe Mbare that's why ana Zvirekwi vakaonekwa kuClub a few hours after losing to De Mbare!

    True Kepekepe - 18 August 2014

    not caps against dembare or highlanders in the finals but maybe caps losing against blackrhinos

    rmunemo - 18 August 2014

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