Tsipa costs CAPS as Bosso shoot top

BULAWAYO - A rush of blood to the head and the subsequent stupid act by veteran striker Leonard Tsipa cost CAPS United as Highlanders edged the Harare side 1-0  in a tough encounter played here yesterday.

Tsipa, the oldest player on the pitch, foolishly head-butted Highlanders defender Peter Muduhwa in an off-the-ball incident to earn his marching orders in the 53rd minute.

It was a costly decision not befitting him as an experienced and most-capped player on the pitch.

Tsipa, on the evidence of his reckless blunder, appeared not to have learnt from his mistake of 2004 when he mocked Bosso supporters after helping his side recover from a 0-3 deficit to draw 3-3 in an incident-packaged match at the same venue.

Yesterday, CAPS United dominated the match and will look at Tsipa’s red card as a moment in which they got Highlanders out of jail.

They had appeared set to repeat their heroics of last season in which they won 1-0 here when Mark Harrison was still in charge.

Instead, they lost a match which they controlled and dominated — in both halves, even after Tsipa had been expelled.

A priceless goal in the 63rd minute by the country’s leading goal-scorer Bruce Kangwa, who is leaving for trials in Tanzania today, was all Elroy Akbay’s side needed to shoot to the apex of the Castle Lager summit.

Makepekepe played a quick pressing game which gave the home side lots of problems when they were attacking.

Former Kiglon, Dynamos and How Mine midfielder Devon “Dhidhi” Chafa was outstanding in midfield.

He was badly let down by off colour Joel Ngodzo who was rather slow in recovery whenever Bosso made counter raids.

On the right side of the CAPS United attack, Simba Nhivi, on many occasions got the better of the young Highlanders defender Bukhosi Sibanda but his crosses found no takers.

Highlanders were sitting back throughout the first half hoping to catch the visitors on the break.

On numerous occasions the speedy Kangwa and Prince Dube gave the CAPS defenders anxious moments.

CAPS United coach Lloyd Chitembwe had to substitute the ineffective Ngodzo for hard-running Phineas Bhamusi in an effort to break the resolute Highlanders defence which coped with the absence of skipper Felix Chindungwe.

Bhamusi added some fire power up-front for the Green Machine but they still lacked that killer instinct in front of goal.

The visitors continued their dominance until the Tsipa moment of madness.

The red card was the turning point of the game as Highlanders profited from having an extra man.

A sweeping move on the right caught defender Stephen Makatuka on the wrong side and his vain headed clearance fell to Dube who squared for Kangwa to beat the badly-exposed Edmore Sibanda.

Still, CAPS United had opportunities to equalise but Bhamusi hit the upright in the last minute and hesitated to shoot in injury time after bursting into the Bosso area.

After the match, CAPS assistant coach Fungai Kwashi said they were leaving Bulawayo with their heads held high. “I am not disappointed in my boys. I think they gave a good account of themselves.

“We really played good football. I think people in Bulawayo witnessed good football from CAPS United.”

Highlanders coach Elroy Akbay said his strategy of relying on counter attacks had paid off. “I’m happy we won. It was our plan to sit back and catch them on the counter and it worked for us. Today our strategy was not to play good football but to get a good result.”

Comments (1)

This time Chitembwe must have seen what has always been said that winnable games must be won and by wide margins as much as possible and gain ground early .The team might have the talent/skill but the coach must the tactic to please the multitude of fans crying for results.Remember results we want are not 0-1 to bosso bt 1-0

kepe kepe - 18 July 2016

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