Mean Green Machine!


HARARE - CAPS United coach Lloyd Chitembwe believes their comfortable 3-0 victory over Chapungu in their opening match of 2016 Castle Premiership season yesterday is a clear indication of his team’s intentions to achieve great things.

Chitembwe watched as an own goal from Chapungu goalkeeper Roy Mazingi and a goal apiece from Tafadzwa Rusike and Moses Muchenje ensured a flying start for the Green Machine.

“It could have been better but we are happy with the result,” Chitembwe said after the game. 

“This result is just reminding us of the things we are likely to achieve if we continue working hard and giving as much effort as we can

“I am sure one cannot doubt the quality we have in the team. We just need to be reminded if we are to grind results week in week out, we have to work very hard. This is our first game of the season and if we can maintain the same levels then we will definitely go far.

“This is probably a good start for us and we want to keep the momentum going forward. Of course Chapungu made it difficult for us but at the end of the day were very decisive in crucial moments of the game.”

Chapungu coach John Nyikadzino said: “We lost to a better side. CAPS United played better than us in terms of utilising the chances that came their way. We dominated play in the first 20 minutes creating quite a number of chances but we failed to utilise them.

“CAPS United utilised their chances and punish us. It’s the first game of the season and we are looking forward to the next game and we want to play better than what we did today (yesterday).”

Chapungu had started the match as the better side after they completely dominated Makepekepe but the match turned on its head when the home side scored twice inside three minutes.

Joel Ngodzo’s shot from the edge of the box cannoned off the upright and cruelly bounced off the head of Mazingi, who had dived to his left in an attempt to save the shot.

Rusike made it 2-0 two minutes later when he arrived at the far post to side foot a wonderful cross from the right delivered by Dominic Chungwa.

The second half was a different story with both teams struggling for consistency.

However, Muchenje put the game beyond Chapungu when he headed home a Ronald Pfumbidzayi cross from the left side.

CAPS United: Jorum Muchambo, Hardlife Zvirekwi, Ronald Pfumbidzayi, Justice Jangano, Steven Makatuka, Kudzai Nyamupfukudza, Moses Muchenje, Phineas Bhamusi, Tafadzwa Rusike (Method Mwanjali 83rd min), Joel Ngodzo, Dominic Chungwa

Chapungu: Roy Mazingi, Jameson Mukobwe, Hillary Mugoniwa, Blessing Zabula, Blessed Mbavarira, Gift Phiri, Ngonidzashe Murisa, Cleopas Kapupurika (Maxwell Mavuto 45th min), Nhlanhla Ncube, Allen Tavarwisa, Rodwell Mhlanga (Agrippa Peperere 45th min).

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