Relief for CAPS coach Mathe

HARARE - A late Dominic Chungwa goal eased pressure on CAPS United coach Mark Mathe as the Green Machine beat Flame Lilly 1-0 here yesterday.

Mathe, who was recently given a two-game ultimatum by the club’s bosses, should consider himself lucky after his side toiled to win against the prison wardens.

Flame Lilly matched United man-for-man throughout the match and were only undone by a lack of concentration at the death when they allowed Chungwa space and time to control Leonard Tsipa’s cross before beating Prosper Chigumba from close range.

After the match, Mathe breathed a huge sigh of relief and acknowledged the three points were crucial.

“This win was a relief for me, our opponents played very well today but I am happy for us that we remembered to win,” he said.

“Although our opponents were tough today, we managed to collect maximum points. I was worried towards the end of the match because we had created some chances and failed to score. We kept on pressing and it paid at the end.

“I’m happy for the fans and people who had kept faith in us. I hope we will continue to improve and get more points in our future matches.

“What makes me happier is that we managed to garner points in Harare, since in past games, we were collecting maximum points outside Harare.”

Mathe also denied he had been handed an ultimatum by his club bosses despite Makepekepe major shareholder Farai Jere going on record to that effect.

“Let me set the record straight; there were unfortunate statements in the print media this week. I as coach Mathe never heard any communication from the president of the club or the board with regard to my ultimatum.

“What is needed for us is to remain consistent and win our next matches as you know our supporters will come to matches looking for good results.”

Mathe also slammed the state of the turf at Lafarge Stadium.

“Look our game was affected by this pitch and I think we did not play our normal game, we were forced to abandon our normal type of play,” he said.

Flame Lilly coach Backlyfield  Chivenga bemoaned his side’s missed chances.

“In a game of this magnitude, if you don’t put away your chances you are bound to be punished. It’s unfortunate that we were punished today for failing to utilise our chances,” he said.

“I always believe in my players but I think we only need luck to win, we created many scoring opportunities in the first half but unfortunately, we failed to utilise them.

In a game of football you win and lose and today I want to applaud my boys they did well.”

Comments (3)

kepekepe bhora forever

jiga - 19 August 2015

yes, CAPS won, well done, but have we improved and have the players who joined us brought any value?

fungayi - 20 August 2015

its hard to imagine the pedigree of caps united as they always cry although they have enough arsenal

douglas - 20 August 2015

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