CAPS bounce back

MUTARE - A focused and feisty CAPS United put aside their off-field troubles to subdue a fighting Buffaloes 2-1 to keep alive their hopes of a third place finish here yesterday.

The Green Machine, who had failed to win in their last two matches, opened the scoring after only three minutes through striker Honey Chimutimunzeve, who headed home a corner kick from Ronald Pfumbidzai.

The frantic start continued when Buffaloes equalised three minutes later when Malvern Fenyeka pounced from close range after a defensive mix up by the visitors.

Makepekepe, however, went into the break in the lead when midfielder Godknows Mungani scored with a wonderful shot that beat an outdrawn Buffaloes keeper Blessing Mwandimutsira.

With yesterday’s win, CAPS maintained their stranglehold on third position as they moved to 49 points, four ahead of fourth placed FC Platinum with two games remaining.

After the match CAPS coach Taurai Mangwiro said: “Tremendous fighting spirit from the players. They knew what they wanted – to take the game to Buffaloes. Looking at their past matches you can clearly see that they struggle in defence. With precision it could have been an avalanche of goals.”

Buffaloes coach Moses Chunga said:  “Today we deserved a point. The lads played well. We are lacking the killer punch in the box.  They are things which we need to work on. We are struggling with the long throw-ins. We have height but we didn’t use it to our advantage.”

Despite frantic opening minutes which produced two goals, both teams appeared to reduce the tempo as the match went on.

The second half was an even more tepid affair as both teams appeared to be cautious without wanting to concede any more goals.

The best chance of the second period fell to the Mutare-based soldiers when substitute Elton Dzumbunu had his volley was tipped over by an inform Makepekepe stopper Tafadzwa Dube.

Makepekepe also survived a scare when Roy Mwenga dribbled a number of defenders before going down in the box looking for a penalty.

Referee Brighton Chimene, however, waved away the strong penalty appeal from the home side.

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