Chungwa strikes again

BULAWAYO - Forward Dominic Chungwa scored his second goal inside three days to propel CAPS United to 0-1 victory over Tsholotsho yesterday at Luveve Stadium to move just two points behind log leaders FC Platinum.

Chungwa was also on target on Sunday when United beat Highlanders 1-0 at the National Sports Stadium to rekindle their title hopes.

With FC Platinum only managing to draw 1-1 with Hwange at Mandava Stadium yesterday, it was a perfect mid-week out for Makepekepe.

Lloyd Chitembwe’s men are now on 35 points from 17 matches while the platinum miners are on 37 from the same number of games.

As for Tsholotsho, this was their 11th defeat of the season which left them deeply rooted in the drop zone with a paltry 12 points and alarm bells should start ringing for the Matabeleland side.

Chitembwe was delighted with the fact his side collected maximum points on a day when they had not been at their best.

“It was a game where we badly needed results. I’m happy we got the three points,” Chitembwe said after the match.

“In terms of performance it wasn't good as we would have liked but in terms of the results we did well.”

Makepekepe now have a good chance of ascending to the top of the log as they host FC Platinum this weekend in Harare.

Yesterday’s match started off on an evenly balanced footing with little goal mouth action as the play was concentrated in midfield.

Tsholotsho new midfield signing Zimiseleni Moyo had a good debut for the home side as he dominated the Makepekepe midfield throughout the opening half.

The home side could have scored through Blessing Sibanda right at the stroke of half time.

Sibanda got a through pass and came face to face with Edmore Sibanda but shot straight into the legs off the advancing Makepekepe keeper.

In the second half, CAPS came back a changed side as they began to make some inroads into the Tsholotsho half.

The visitors finally broke the deadlock through in the 70th minute through Chungwa after a moment of magic from midfielder Joel Ngodzo.

The Makepekepe playmaker eliminated a number of Tsholotsho defenders before releasing Valentine Musarurwa, who in turn picked up Hardlife Zvirekwi inside the box.

The Warriors full back unselfishly teed up the better positioned Chungwa for an easy tap in.

After the goal, CAPS were all over Tsholotsho as they searched for a second to make the three points safe.

In the end, Makepekepe were not able to find the second goal but they had done enough to go back to Harare with maximum points.

After the match Tsholotsho assistant coach Xolani Mafikeni thought they were unlucky to lose.

“We knew CAPS were in form and we tried to catch them on the break. We got our chances but we failed to convert,” Mafikeni said.

“We really matched them even if we had a new look side after we lost a number of players. They scored from our mistake that we could have avoided.”

Yesterday’s result: Border Strikers 0-1 Bulawayo City, Harare City 2-0 ZPC Kariba, Ngezi Platinum Stars 2-1 Chicken Inn, Chapungu 1-0 Triangle, Tsholotsho 0-1 CAPS United, FC Platinum 1-1 Hwange

Today: Dynamos v How Mine (Rufaro), Highlanders v Mutare City Rovers (Barbourfields)

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