CAPS United fans bay for coach's blood

HARARE - A section of CAPS United fans bayed for interim coach Mark Mathe’s head after the Green Machine bowed out of the Chibuku Super Cup first round following defeat to ZPC Kariba on penalties yesterday.

The match had ended 2-2 after regulation time and went straight to penalties.

United got their goals from Leonard Tsipa and Justice Jangano while ZPC scored through former CAPS player Leonard Fiyado and Stephen Shehe.

Makepekepe’s cause was derailed when Tsipa was sent-off for an open studs challenge on ZPC defender Dennis Dauda in the 63rd minute.

CAPS could have held on to win but allowed Sheshe to equalise with virtually the last kick of the match to send the tie into a penalty shoot-out.

After the match, the fans waylaid the CAPS coach at the venue’s entrance demanding his immediate sacking.

The fans were also questioning why Mathe had started with Dominic Chungwa and Hardlife Zvirekwi, two players believed to be out of form.

In the end, police had to move in to disperse the rowdy crowd before there was any more trouble.

Speaking after the match, Mathe bemoaned missed chances in regulation time.

“I felt if we had been more clinical in front of goal especially in the second half, it could have been a different story,” he said.

“I’m happy with the overall performance of the team. It means there is future after all. I feel disappointed conceding in the last minute of the match but it happens in football and now we need to start preparing for our league matches.”

ZPC’s win also left their coach Sunday Chidzambwa a relieved man after he failed to win in his last four matches since joining Kauya Katuruturu.

The Kariba side converted all their penalties through Raphael Manuvire, Limited Chikafa, Dennis Dauda and Shehe.

Stephen Makatuka was the only player from CAPS who managed to score his penalty while Dominic Mukandi and Jangano missed.

Chidzambwa said: “I am very happy to register my first win at ZPC Kariba and I think the win will motivate us going into league matches.

“I think our opponents played well today but I am happy we managed to utilise our chances and win the match.”

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