Tsipa strikes again to edge CAPS closer

HARARE - For CAPS United, what mattered most were three points. That is all they wanted and that is all they got.

Lloyd Chitembwe came straight from church all suited and booted for yesterday’s match, rightly so because he knew the mission he was about to undertake.

“I’m not dressed like this for the match, it’s a coincidence because I was coming from church...but I think it was a very good result for us but obviously performance wise I’m not so impressed because I thought it has a lot to do with anxiety.

“We were too anxious going into this match and it is something we are going to work on in the coming days for the last two matches,” Chitembwe said after the match.

Victory at the end of 90 minutes gave him a sense of renewed confidence of wrestling the title from the defending league champions Chicken Inn — their first in 11 years.

A leap above the next two hurdles — Ngezi Platinum (at home) and Chapungu (away) will leave the Green Machine in dreamland.

Their fans have the right to believe in their former skipper, their beloved CAPS United are only two victories from glory.

Veteran striker Leonard Tsipa scored probably the fastest goal in the Castle Lager Premiership this season in a winning cause for title-chasing Makepekepe.

Tsipa gave the Green Machine an ideal start with a goal after just 50 seconds when he headed home a Ronald Pfumbidzai corner.

The 35-year-old forward, who was making a return to the United fold after missing the last league match against Dynamos, rose high to head past Kelvin Shangiwa in goals for the Sunshine Boys.

And inside that opening hour, it looked as if City were in for a shellacking as United looked menacing whenever they went on the attack.

Tsipa thought he had scored his second of the afternoon in the 23rd minute when he cleverly dinked a Simba Nhivi layoff into the back of the net, only for the effort to be correctly ruled out for offside.

That would be Tsipa’s last meaningful contribution as he had to make way for Josta Ngodzo just after the half-hour mark. And his coach had nothing but praise for the league’s top goal scorer now with 12 goals.

“Look, Leonard is one guy who works his socks off whenever he is called to do duty and I am very happy for him,” Chitembwe said.

This was one match that Chitembwe knew his side could not afford to neither lose or draw as they continue their march towards glory.

Ironically, the last time the Green Machine lifted the title in 2005, Chitembwe, though in the twilight of his playing career, was part of that side. And now he knows he is only two victories away — regardless of the results that nearest rivals Highlanders and FC Platinum post — from penning his name into the United history books by becoming the first to win the coveted title both as a coach and a player.

Makepekepe are now on 57 points while FC Platinum moved into second place with 55 points following yesterday’s 2-0 win over Chapungu at Ascot Stadium.

Highlanders dropped to third place following the 2-1 loss to Tsholotsho at Barbourfields Stadium.

Comments (1)

go kepekepe go.its your time to shine

lewisiannah - 30 October 2016

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