CAPS smile at last

HARARE - CAPS United coach Lloyd Chitembwe is sure their win in the Harare derby against Dynamos here yesterday is the beginning of a new chapter between the two teams after ending six years of heartache.

In-form striker Dominic Chungwa scored the all-important goal to pile more misery on DeMbare’s Portuguese coach Paulo Jorge Silva, who came into the match sitting on an ultimatum.

The Green Machine, who are unbeaten in the four matches that they have played thus far, came into the match eager to end a six-year jinx having last beaten their bitter rivals in a league match in 2009.

Chitembwe pumped both fists on the final whistle as he left the dugout, deservedly satisfied with his team’s effort, which also sent it top of the table with 10 points.

“I am happy for the boys, they showed great character. It was never easy because Dynamos gave us a very good fight,” an elated Chitembwe said after the match.

“We are enjoying this moment. This is an important win for us, it brings confidence at the same time belief. It has been a long time since we beat them.

“We have been unlucky in the previous encounters and I think the difference today was quality in our team. When you look at our squad, Archford (Gutu) came in and he gave us another dimension the same as Simba (Nhivi).

“I think if we can continue working hard like this, who knows what we can achieve this season. It’s about the team and I am happy for the fans, it’s always good to see them like that. I think it’s the beginning of a new chapter in as far as this fixture is concerned.”

Silva, who now needs to beat Hwange next weekend to save his job, blamed the defeat on referee Munyaradzi Majoni.

Silva was sent to the stands by the Kwekwe referee moments before the end of the tie.

“We lost because CAPS scored a goal and we did not score. We played well in the first half but it was not the same in the second half,” Silva said after the match.

“Matters were made worse by the referee, he was stopping the match and it affected our rhythm. I don’t think the referee was here today.”

Dynamos made a bright start with youngster Kudzanai Nyakasaka coming close to getting the opener in the third minute after a through ball from Roderick Mutuma only to be denied by CAPS United goalkeeper Jorum Muchambo.

The Glamour Boys went on to dominate the first half with Bret Amidu, Stephen Alimenda and Valentine Ndaba dictating pace in midfield.

They were, however, let down by poor finishing and decision-making from the out-of-sorts Mutuma.

In the second period, Dynamos had a great chance of taking the lead in the 67th minute when they were awarded an indirect free kick after Muchambo collected a Justice Jangano back pass.

Ocean Mushure’s effort from the resultant free kick was however blocked by the United defence.

DeMbare were duly punished three minutes after that incident when Nhivi’s effort from a Ronald Pfumbidzayi corner kick was deflected and fell kindly to an unmarked Chungwa who bundled the ball into the empty net.

Four minutes later, Chungwa thought he had scored the second but his effort was ruled out for offside.

Evans Gwekwerere, who had earlier replaced Mutuma almost equalised late in the game but his shot was blocked on the line.

And feeling the heat from the touchline, Dynamos coach Silva was given his marching orders after clashing with the match



Dynamos: Tatenda Mukuruva, Ocean Mushure, Elisha Muroiwa, Sydney Linyama, Obey Mwerahari, Stephen Alimenda, Bret Amidu, Valentine Ndaba, Godknows Murwira (Masimba Mambare 45 min), Kudzanayi Nyakasaka (Dominic Mukandi 61 min), Roderick Mutuma (Evans Gwekwerere 71 min)

CAPS United: Jorum Muchambo, Hardlife Zvirekwi, Ronald Pfumbidzayi, Justice Jangano, Stephen Makatuka, Method Mwanjali, Moses Muchenje (Archford Gutu), Phineas Bhamusi (Kudzanai Nyamupfukudza 77 min),

Joel Ngodzo, Leonard Tsipa (Simba Nhivi 46 min), Dominic Chungwa.

Comments (1)

Good work guys u make us proud keep it up, u remind us of the time of Chale Muhlauri.

ednoschivhenge - 3 May 2016

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