CAPS good run continues

BULAWAYO - CAPS United made it two wins on the trot when they dislodged newcomers Tsholotsho in a Castle Lager Premier match here yesterday.

A wonderful strike by Hardlife Zvirekwi and veteran striker Leonard Tsipa assured Makepekepe returned to Harare with maximum points.

Even the promise by the Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Jonathan Moyo to double Tsholotsho player’s winning bonuses failed to inspire Lizwe Sweswe’s men to beat the Green Machine.

CAPS gaffer Mark Harrison was a happy man after the final whistle.

“It was a good professional performance. The first half was a bit difficult for us, the game was scrappy,” he said.

“We came back stronger in the second half and we could have scored two or three more goals had the boys taken the chances we created. The bottom line is we managed to collect three points.”

Tsholotsho head coach Lizwe Sweswe said: “The boys played well. It is unfortunate we conceded two goals due to lapse in concentration. This match is over and we are going back to the drawing board.

“We are training in Tsholotsho where we have a challenge in the quality of the pitch. It also becomes difficult for the boys to play in these pitches when they are not used to such pitches. We were playing home of course but it’s a home away from home.”

United started the match a more purposeful team and they could have scored in the early stages.

Takudzwa Mahori sent in a number of crosses into the Tsholotsho penalty box but his team mates failed to convert the chances.

The match later became very scrappy and only came lively again after Harrison introduced Godknows Mangani for the injured Chrispen Machisi two minutes before the break.

Mangani could have scored with his first touch but his spectacular overhead kick hit the upright post.

Zvirekwi then opened the scoring right on the stroke of half time with a wonderful volley past Tsholotsho goalkeeper Mariyoni Chang.

United continued from where they left in the second half and they got their second goal five minutes after resumption.

Substitute Mangani capitalised on a mistake by the usually reliable Tsholostho midfielder ButholezweNcube and sent in a through ball for Tsipa.

The veteran striker rounded off Chang to score into an empty net.

Tsholotsho: Chang Mariyoni, MacClivePhiri, Nkosilathi Moyo, William Stina, Thandolwenkosi Ncube, Butholezwe Ncube, Ocient Ncube (Evans Sibanda, 68 minutes), SimbarasheGorogodyo, KriessChitiyo, Nixon Gama (Lynnoth Chikuhwa, 42 minutes), KudzanaiMachazane (Zanokhano Moyo, 75 minutes)

CAPS United: Chris Mverechena, HardlifeZvirekwi, Dominic Mukandi, Carlton Munzabwa, Stephen Makatuka, George Nyipenda, Moses Muchenje, ChrispenMachisi (Godknows Mangai, 43 minutes), TakudzwaMahori, KudzaiNyamupfukudza (Tinovimba Muskwe, 85 minutes), LeornardTsipa (Leonard Fiyado, 73 minutes)

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