Violence erupts as CAPS sink Bosso

BULAWAYO - Roderick Mutuma was on target as CAPS United progressed to the Bob 91 Super Cup final after beating Highlanders in a violence-marred match on Sunday.

The Green Machine fashioned only two chances in the match and converted both opportunities to set up a date with rivals Dynamos.

It was a sweet victory for former Highlanders assistant coach Mark Mathe and former fitness trainer Majaha Ndlovu who both did not have their contracts renewed by Highlanders after they expired in December.

The result, however, did not go down well with the home supporters who had running battles with the United fans after the match.

The police swiftly moved in to control the supporters who were throwing missiles all over.

At one point, during the course of the game, a police officer was manhandled by Bosso fans when he tried to stop one supporter from climbing the perimeter fence.

Earlier on, it was Highlanders who had started like a house on fire with Rahman Kutsanzira, Bruce Kangwa, Nqobizitha Masuku and Tendai Ngulube having total control of the midfield.

Bosso created numerous chances but failed to break the deadlock.

It would be United who would surge ahead through Mutuma, a man who has always haunted Highlanders while at Dynamos.

This time it was in the green and white of United with a beautiful goal a minute before the breather.

Mutuma took advantage of a defensive lapse, controlling the ball before beating one defender and lobbing the ball over the advancing Bosso goalkeeper Ariel Sibanda. Highlanders could have equalised soon after but Kutsanzira's effort from Tendai Chidewe's pass missed the target by inches.

United doubled their advantage in the 53rd minute through Takudzwa Mahori.

Mahori who had an impressive afternoon did well to slot past Sibanda after a swift move from the back to send the CAPS fans into song.

Ugly scenes, however, ensued in the 71st minute after CAPS United goalkeeper Victor Twaliki seemed to have been struck by a missile before misdirecting his goal kick onto the path of Obadiah Tarumbwa who scored from close range.

The referee allowed the goal to stand but United players reacted furiously leading to over 10 minutes of stoppage.

As the chaos continued, United players threatened to walk out whilst their fans also started throwing missiles towards Highlanders 'keeper Sibanda.

Play eventually resumed with few chances created between the two teams.

Teams:

Highlanders: Ariel Sibanda, Honest Moyo, Teenage Hadebe, Douglas  Sibanda, Webster Chingodza, Tendai Ngulube, Nqobizitha Masuku, Rahman Kutsanzira, Bruce Kangwa , Gabriel Nyoni, Thomas Chideu.

CAPS United: Victor Twaliki, Ronald Pfumbidzai, Hardlife Zvirekwi, Steven Makatuka, Justice Jangano, Dominic Mukandi, Moses Muchenje, Kudzai Nyamufukudza, Takudzwa Mahori, Leonard Fiyado, Roderick Mutuma.

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