Mutuma double condemns Whawha

GWERU - Roderick Mutuma scored a brace on his CAPS United Castle Premiership debut to sink debutants Whawha here yesterday.

The Green Machine had to come from behind after the home side had scored from the penalty spot through Oscar Lungu after only 13 minutes.

Whawha were awarded the spot kick after Makepekepe defender George Nyirenda had brought down Takudzwa Jukulile inside the box.

Makepekepe, however, rallied after conceding the goal and were duly rewarded five minutes from the break when Mutuma headed home a cross from Hardlife Zvirekwi. Right on the stroke of halftime, the former Dynamos striker, who signed for United at the start of the year, completed his brace with another fine finish.         

After the break, the game swung in the hosts’ favour as they frantically searched for an equaliser but they were thwarted by a disciplined Makepekepe defence. Whawha, who are under Lloyd Mutasa and Luke Jukulile, threw everything they could at United but they could not find a breakthrough.

Even though they could not salvage a point, the Zimbabwe Prisons Correctional Services side should take heart from a splendid performance on their maiden match in the country’s top flight league. After the match, Makepekepe coach Mark Harrison was delighted with winning his first competitive match in charge of the Harare giants.

“I’m delighted because my team collected all points. But Whawha is a very good team and like other newcomers they are hungry for success,” Harrison said after the match.

Mutasa, who is the Whawha technical advisor, praised his team for playing well despite the defeat.

“The team played well, but we missed the services of some of the players who could not play due to registration issues. My team has a lot of potential,” Mutasa said.

Whawha missed the services of experienced players like Philip Nhete, Malvern Nyakabangwe and Gift Kwaramba due to registration anomalies.

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