CAPS United massacre Bosso

HARARE - CAPS United kept alive their hopes of winning the Castle Premiership title with an emphatic 4-0 victory over Highlanders as Mark Mathe got off his reign as Bosso coach to a disastrous start here yesterday.

Mathe, who took charge of Bosso n an interim basis following the resignation of Kelvin Kaindu last week, could do little as the Green Machine ran riot here which all but ended their hopes of winning the league title.  

LET'S DANCE: CAPS United midfielder Nicholas Alifandika, left, leads his teammates in celebrating his goal against Highlanders at the National Sports Stadium yesterday. Picture: Nelson Chekera.

Mathe, was in charge of the reverse fixture between the two clubs in May which Highlanders won 4-0 at Barbourfields Stadium when Kaindu was in the United Kingdom for coaching course.

Goals from Ismael Thindwa, Nicholas Alifandika, Kelvin Bulaji and a Dumisani Ndlovu own goal ensured Makepekepe condemned the Bulawayo giants to their third straight defeat.

The Green Machine could have scored more had their strikers been more clinical in front of goal but in the end their gaffer Taurai Mangwiro was happy with the overall performance of his team.

With yesterday’s win, third-placed CAPS maintained the pressure on the leading pack of Dynamos and ZPC Kariba with five games to go before the season ends. 

DeMbare sit top of the Castle Premiership log with 49 points, ZPC is second with 47 while Makepekepe is third on 45 points.

“We wanted to atone for the loss that we suffered at Barbourfields and I’m happy the players came to party and delivered,” Mangwiro said after the match.

“We did very well. Emphasis at training was to retain the ball for as long as possible and it worked for us. We could have done more but I am happy with the result.”

Mathe blamed the defeat on his defence and a lack of concentration at the back by his players.

“I am still targeting the top spot and with 15 more points to play for it can be done,” he said.

“What is crucial now is to go back to the drawing board and work out on our short comings and improve and get maximum points.

“Of course games are fast running out but we need to stay focused. We did the same at CAPS United. All we needed to do was to be tactically better in defence but we were not.

“CAPS United were motivated by the defeat they suffered at Barbourfields and we struggled to deal with their speed and counter play.”

OPENER: CAPS United striker Ishmael Thindwa stetches to connect with the ball to score the first goal of yesterday's match after only five minutes. Picture: Nelson Chekera

To be fair, Highlanders were extremely pathetic and were behind after only five minutes when Thindwa provided a poacher’s finish after the visitors failed to clear a Moses Muchenje corner kick.

Six minutes later, Alifandika made it 2-0 with a free header from a Ronal Pfumbidzayi free kick.

Ndlovu then beat his own goalkeeper Njabulo Nyoni with a spectacular own goal after attempted to stop Bulaji midway through the second half.

After the breather, Bulaji put the game beyond reasonable doubt when he headed home a cross from substitute Tafadzwa Mahori 15 minutes from time.

At the end of the match, Highlanders fans also waylaid the team bus at the stadium’s exit calling for Mathe’s head.

Teams:

CAPS United: Tafadzwa Dube, Tapiwa Khumbuyani, David Chipala, Stephen Makatuka, Ronald Pfumbidzai, Tendai Samanja, Hardlife Zvirekwi, Moses Muchenje (Takudzwa Mahori 57th min), Nicholas Alifandika (Godknows Mangani 69th min), Ishmael Thindwa, Kenneth Bulaji (Dominic Mukandi 85th min)

Highlanders: Njabulo Nyoni, Dumisani Ndlovu, Bruce Kangwa, Erick Mudzingwa, Felix Chindungwe, Innocent Mapuranga, Mthulisi Maphosa (Welcome Ndiweni 66th min), Rahman Kutsanzira, Joel Ngodzo (Pasca Manhanga 40th min), Charles Sibanda (Ozias Zibande 71st min), Gabriel Nyoni

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