Mhofu on cloud nine

HARARE - ZPC Kariba coach Sunday “Mhofu” Chidzambwa is over the moon after picking up his first win when his side defeated CAPS United 4-1 on penalties in the first round of the Chibuku Super Cup on Sunday.

The decorated former Zimbabwean coach has taken charge of four league games after his appointment in June drawing one and losing the other three.

On Sunday, despite playing 27 minutes with a one-man advantage, after Leonard Tsipa was sent off, ZPC Kariba still needed a last minute strike to salvage a draw and take the encounter into a penalty shoot-out.

Kauya Katuruturu held their nerve in the shoot-out with Dennis Dauda, Limited Chikafa, Raphael Manuvire and Stephen Sheshe all on target.

United were knocked out after Dominic Mukandi and Justice Jangano all missed while defender Stephen Makatuka was the only one successful from 12 yards.  

The win was a huge relief for Chidzambwa as pressure was already building up after the four-match winless streak.

“We were working on the team slowly and it is coming up now,” said Chidzambwa. “I’m very happy to register my first win at ZPC Kariba and I think the win will motivate us going into league matches.

Chidzambwa was also delighted with his new signing Leonard Fiyado and the returning Chikafa.

“I think the two boys played very well today as you know, it was their first game since joining the club and with the kind of performance I saw today, I think we are now in the right direction,” said Chidzambwa.

ZPC scored first when former Makepekepe forward Fiyado punished his previous paymasters heading home after 18 minutes.

United rallied back and equalised through Tsipa’s penalty shortly after the break before Jangano thrust them into the lead midway through the second half.

Sheshe saved Chidzambwa’s blushes when he equalised for ZPC in the last minute to send the tie into a penalty shoot-out.

Chidzambwa admitted luck was on their side.

“We had a brilliant first half but we failed to utilise our chances and CAPS United had a good second half where they scored, I thought we were lucky to score that second goal and went to penalty shoot-out,” he said.

Chidzambwa hopes that the win over United will now inspire them to turn around their poor form in the league.

ZPC, who finished as runners-up last season, are pretty close to the relegation zone this time around.

Chidzambwa’s team is sitting on 11th place on the log standings with 16 points, four points above bottom-placed Dongo Sawmills.

In the Chibuku Super Cup, ZPC are now in the quarter-finals together with How Mine, Dynamos, Triangle, Chicken Inn, FC Platinum, Chapungu and Chicken Inn.

The draw for the last eight pairings will be held in due course.   

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