'CAPS display was appalling'

MUTARE – A sieve of a defence, an immobile midfield, a blunt strike force and a technical department at its wit’s end.

That was, and even then, a conservative description of CAPS United’s performance against Triangle at Gibbo Stadium on Sunday.

Triangle, as its fans aptly put it, had its lame ducks for slaughter running out to a 4-0 win. Although it appeared as if it was going to be a contest in the opening minutes that all changed pretty quickly.

After only 20 minutes into the match, the Makepekepe players swarmed the touchline begging for water as they could not handle the hot Lowveld temperatures.

As the heat began taking its toll, it was clear the Green Machine was grinding to a halt.

At the back, the Makepekepe defence was struggling to deal with the pace of the flying wingers Hilary Bakacheza on the right and Lameck Nhamo on the left.

Any time the Triangle duo was in possession, the CAPS defenders seemed to backpedal without putting any challenges to stop their progress.

It was a no contest as Nhamo and Bekacheza were coming out tops in all one-on-one situations.

By the time Richard Kawondera rose unmarked to open the scoring with a header from a Nhamo corner kick after 30 minutes, CAPS goalkeeper Victor Twaliki had made a number of telling saves.

BAD EXAMPLE: Anti-riot police had to intervene to eject from the pitch CAPS United assistant coach Brenna Msiska, second from right, after his red card against Triangle on Sunday. Pic: Bernard Chiketo

A minute later Nhamo turned from provider to scorer when he lofted his shot over Twaliki.

With two quick blows, CAPS had been rocked and they were struggling like a boxer on the ropes.

The halftime whistle must have come as a relief to the Green Machine players as Triangle were threatening to run them out of the park.

Just like in the first period, Triangle began the second half with a similar tempo and kept CAPS on the back foot.

More lethargic defending from the visitors allowed Nhamo to score his second 10 minutes after the break after he was presented with a gift by CAPS defender Stephen Makatuka.

United had completely lost the plot thereon, assistant coach Brenna Msiska remonstrated furiously on the touchline against referee Munyaradzi Majoni.

Msiska felt that there was an infringement on Makatuka before the goal but Majoni thought otherwise and sent off the Makepekepe assistant coach.

Instead of accepting the decision, Msiska continued with his expostulations threatening to enter the pitch before he was escorted to the terraces by police details.

Msiska’s behaviour was appalling considering the Makepekepe players were being handed a football lesson on the pitch and they needed their dugout to be more calmer.

When players see one of their coaches lose their cool on the touch line and eventually ejected from the dugout by police, it plays on their mind.

Of course Majoni made a number of questionable decisions throughout the match but it was against both sides and it cannot be used as an excuse for CAPS’ awful display.

In the end, the CAPS players could no longer keep on fighting on the pitch and it was no surprise when Felix Kuswatuka added the fourth.

To his credit after the match, CAPS coach Mark Harrison unlike his subordinate Msiska, did not fault the referee but instead admitted that they had been outclassed by the hosts.

All four goals scored by Triangle were a result of some bad defending by the CAPS players, who left Twiliki badly exposed.

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