CAPS in stunning comeback

HARARE - If CAPS United are to win the 2016 Castle Lager Premiership title, then they will look back at yesterday’s 3-3 comeback against Dynamos as a key moment in their charge.

With five minutes to full time, Makepekepe looked dead and buried as they trailed 3-0 after DeMbare had scored through Roderick Mutuma, Masimba Mambare and Tawanda Macheke.

But this CAPS side has shown all season long that they rise to the challenge when their backs are against the wall.

Centre back Dennis Dauda started the comeback when he headed home from close range in the 86th minute after Dominic Chungwa had struck the cross bar from a Moses Muchenje corner kick.

At that point, a comeback looked unlikely because Makepekepe had been awful all afternoon and appeared to be overawed by the occasion.

Two minutes later, Makepekepe’s hopes were restored when another defender Ronald Pfumbidzai headed home from a Hardlife Zvirekwi free kick. The Glamour Boys’ defending at set pieces was poor all afternoon and it would come back to haunt them as two minutes into added time, Dauda equalised for the home side to seal an unlikely comeback.

Once again, DeMbare were undone by their poor marking at dead ball situations as the towering Dauda was allowed all the space at the back post to head home Pfumbidzai’s corner kick.

Makepekepe could have stolen a historic win when they launched an attack in the final minute of added time but Pfumbidzai headed over the bar after the DeMbare defence was caught out by Zvirekwi’s cross.

CAPS coach Lloyd Chitembwe was delighted with how his side responded despite going down 3-0.

“I thought we played poorly for the better part of the match. Probably for the first 75 minutes, we didn’t come to the party and we were a bit overawed by the occasion,” Chitembwe said.

“In the last 15 minutes we really applied ourselves and naturally I’m happy with those last 15 minutes.”

Dynamos coach Lloyd Mutasa chided his players for the poor defending and even claimed there must be some sort of sabotage within his squad because of the way they crumbled in the last five minutes.

“As a coach you sometimes begin to think otherwise. You look at all the three goals we conceded and they are typical,” Mutasa said.

“You give assignments to certain people to go behind the ball and what do they do? You find them wondering everywhere hence we give away such goals.

“For now I cannot say the names of individuals but there were some players who didn’t play to instructions. Instead of doing their defending duties some resorted to their own type of football.

Mutasa added: “This is bad for our institution. We said from the onset that we want to beat CAPS United and show the world that we can be where we are but with such silly mistakes, I’m very disappointed.”

Mutasa has every right to feel sabotaged by his own players as they capitulated in spectacular fashion when they appeared to be in the driving seat.

Mutuma had given the glamour Boys a 10th minute lead when he pounced on a rebound after CAPS goalkeeper Jorum Muchambo had spilled Brett Amidu’s low shot.

With Brett dictating proceedings in midfield, the Glamour Boys looked to put the misery of a disappointing 2016 campaign behind by spoiling CAPS’ title charge.

Mambare added the second goal in the 63rd minute when he curled his shot past Muchambo after he had been set up by Brett.

Macheke scored DeMbare’s third with his first touch of the game when he rolled the ball into an empty net in the 74th minute after a mix up between Muchambo and defender Stephen Makatuka.

DeMbare had more chances to wrap up the game but they failed to add to the score line and paid heavily as CAPS refused to go down without a fight.

Post a comment

Readers are kindly requested to refrain from using abusive, vulgar, racist, tribalistic, sexist, discriminatory and hurtful language when posting their comments on the Daily News website.
Those who transgress this civilised etiquette will be barred from contributing to our online discussions.
- Editor

Your email address will not be shared.