CAPS bask in glory

HARARE - It had been a while in coming for CAPS United, but the smile on Lloyd Chitembwe’s face said it all after a roller coaster second half which saw the Green Machine emerge triumphant in this latest edition of the Harare derby.

It was a derby win, and a big one.

Dominic Chungwa’s solitary strike was enough to seal a memorable victory and the events that ensued mirror a similar scene to the Green Machine’s fans when they last celebrated a win over their bitter rivals six years ago.

The win delighted the Makepekepe fans, as it also compounded misery on the Glamour Boys’ technical team led by the Portuguese Paulo Jorge Silva who came into the game needing nothing less than maximum points having been given an ultimatum to win three matches.

The Green Machine had last beaten DeMbare in a league match way back in 2009 when Nyasha Mushekwi struck a memorable brace before his move to Mamelodi Sundowns the following season.

Chitembwe is usually a reclusive person and tries by all means to shy away from the limelight but Sunday was no ordinary occasion.

With the Makepekepe fans’ celebrations continuing long after the final whistle in the City End section, Chitembwe briefly let loose after some cajoling from fitness trainer Majaha Ndlovu to show off his dance moves.

Who could blame him? Chitembwe had achieved what the likes of Moses Chunga, Mark Harrison, Taurai Mangwiro, Sean Connor and Maxwell Takaendesa Jongwe failed to.

All these other coaches before him could not find a winning formula against the Glamour Boys.

After enduring a difficult first period in which they barely survived, United emerged for the second period a different side and were duly rewarded with Chungwa’s instinctive finish inside the box 20 minutes before the end.

“Derbies are derbies and the way we have won has given our supporters great excitement,” Chitembwe told the Daily News after their win.

“I’m ecstatic, to be honest; purely for the boys’ sake. That second half was exceptional.

“At half time, we re-shuffled things and it worked to our advantage. In the end, we got the result we wanted.”

The win was CAPS United’s third from the first four matches to move to 10 points having drawn the other game.

And with the way things have moved thus far, Chitembwe feels they are destined for great things this season.

“I think if we can continue working hard like this, who knows what we can achieve this season,” Chitembwe said.

“There is no doubt about the quality we have in our team.”

Chungwa, who scored the goal that condemned the Glamour Boys to their second defeat of the season, was happy with his contribution.

“To score that goal, and see the joy on the faces of the fans, the coach, the players — it’s fantastic,” Chungwa said.

“It was a great feeling. I was very happy to see it go in.

“Obviously, I’m also happy with my goal, but the win was a team effort. A derby win is always special and I am particularly happy for our fans.

“I feel we are playing well. All we can do is concentrate on what we need to do.”

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