Chitembwe lauds CAPS' fighting spirit

HARARE - CAPS United coach Lloyd Chitembwe has praised the resilience shown by his players following Sunday’s stunning comeback against Dynamos at the National Sports Stadium.

Makepekepe’s Castle Lager Premiership title challenge was grinding to a halt as they trailed DeMbare 3-0 with only four minutes to go before the end of the Harare derby.

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However, defender Dennis Dauda gave the Green Machine a lifeline with a headed goal in the 86th minute.

Two minutes later, it was 3-2 when full back Ronald Pfumbidzai headed home Hardlife Zvirekwi’s free kick.

Dauda completed the dramatic comeback when he headed United level in added time from Pfumbidzai’s corner kick.

The draw took Makepekepe to 54 points on the log while Highlanders are in second place and trail by a single point. FC Platinum are third on 52 points.  

“This is a sign of greatness within this team. I have always said there is something special within the group,” Chitembwe said regarding his team’s memorable comeback.

“All the same, I thought the gloss has been taken away by that performance in the first half and part of the second half performance.

“Collecting a point from Dynamos is a very good point. They are not a Mickey Mouse team and at the end of the day, I think the boys really applied themselves in the last five minutes.” 

Despite trailing 3-0 heading into the last five minutes, Chitembwe said they kept hope that they would get back into the match.

“This is the reason why football is played over 90 minutes. We had the belief and we are where we are not because of luck but because of merit. We knew we had every chance of salvaging something from this game.”

CAPS defender and hero from Sunday’s match Dauda believes the point they gained from the Harare derby will go a long way in cementing their title challenge in the remaining three matches.

“It was a good comeback and I’m glad with the two goals that I scored today (Sunday),” Dauda said.

“This shows that we are true champions, coming back from three goals down against a team like Dynamos is not easy. We also scored in the last minute to win against How Mine in our last home match; this is a sign that the league is for us to lose.”

Makepekepe still have to play Harare City (away), Ngezi Platinum (home) and Chapungu (away) in their remaining matches which are all relatively difficult fixtures.

Highlanders are now the major threat to Makepekepe’s title hopes as they have now won seven games on the trot to move into second place.

Erol Akbay’s side had to dig deep to beat local rivals Bulawayo City 3-1 at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday.

Goals from Gabriel Nyoni, Simon Munawa and King Nadolo carried the day for Bosso.

Akbay’s side will face Tsholotsho (home), FC Platinum (away) and Hwange (home) in matches they expect to win while also expecting CAPS to slip-up along the way.

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Comments (1)

Dynamos just wake up when playing Caps.

Nhingi - 18 October 2016

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