ZPC surrender title to DeMbare

HARARE - ZPC Kariba were left heartbroken after a complacent first half performance saw them fail to manage at least a draw with CAPS United here yesterday to win what would have been a remarkable Castle Premiership title in their debut season.

With Dynamos only winning 2-0 against How Mine across town, ZPC only needed at least a draw against CAPS to be crowned champions.

But what a professional performance by CAPS, who many believed would rather lose the match in order to spite their bitter rivals, Dynamos.
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Football is a funny old game. A section of CAPS fans, as expected, was clamouring for an indifferent result, and in sad scenes, turned on their own team, pelting players with missiles when it began to sink that they were heading for a victory that would aid Dynamos’ cause, the second time it has happened in as many years.

United goalkeeper Tafadzwa Dube put in a man-of-the-match performance pulling off some impressive saves and sticking to his words on the eve of that match that he “will disappoint CAPS United fans.”

ZPC coach Saul Chaminuka could not hide his disappointment, conceding his charges failed to rise to the occasion and buckled under the weight of expectation.

“We gave CAPS a lot of time. We gave CAPS a lot of space and they scored easy goals,” he said.

“I don’t think my players were complacent but it’s the kind of pressure that came with this game. We have not played in a game that had pressure of this magnitude since the beginning of the season.

“CAPS had nothing to play for to tell the truth, they were comfortable. CAPS do not play like this when pressure is there, you will agree with me.

“My players did well since the beginning of the season, I could not ask for more. We have travelled since day one, 30 league game away from Kariba. You can imagine how taxing it is in terms of fatigue.

“Come next season we will again launch the chase for the championship. We have seen were we have gone wrong.”

CAPS United acting coach Mike Madzivanyika, who was at the receiving end of vulgarities from a section of the club’s fans, was emotionless after the match.

“It’s just a coincidence that we have helped Dynamos, we were just playing football,” he said.

Yesterday’s match was one ZPC’s defence which has been the cornerstone of their fairy tale season grew cold feet.

Makepekepe got off to fiery start, scoring two quick goals through Tapiwa Khumbuyani on the 10th minute and Honey Chimutimunzeve's strike just moment later.

That effectively put the cat among the pigeons as Dynamos who were leading How Mine 1-0 at that stage and were now on top of the log.

ZPC, however, did well not to drop their heads and got immediate relief when Limited Chikafa got to the end of some neat exchanges before slotting over an advancing Dube.

All hell would again break loose for ZPC Kariba. Malawian Ishmael Thindwa disposed last-man-in-defense Norest Mkwezaramba before firing past an exposed Tonderai Mateyaunga.

Kauya Katururu came from the breather with more intent but were at large parts held against the ropes.

Ronald Pfumbidzai’s long range attempt was cleverly tipped away by Mateyaunga before Thindwa's header floated inches wide.

Peter Muzondo's overhead kick kept out a goal bound effort before United fans threw missiles onto the pitch remonstrating against their team’s dominance.

ZPC would however grow into the game, the hard running Chikafa and Artwell Nyamihwa coming close.

Then eight minutes from time ZPC found a life-line though a thunderous effort from second half substitute Moses Makenje that beat Dube.

However, CAPS would go on to hold on to the win and effectively helping Dynamos for the second successive time.

Comments (2)

Usadherera Dembare

Munhumutema - 24 November 2014

The only solution for overcoming these pressure situations is to experience the pressure. the good thing about football is there is always a next time. Keep trying never dispaire

Gwenaz - 24 November 2014

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