It's CAPS Utd!

ASCOT STADIUM - CAPS United are the 2016 Castle Lager Premier League champions.

Fans yesterday buzzed with renewed euphoria after their team lifted the 2016 Castle Lager Premiership.

Even if the queen of England was to make a surprise visit to Gweru yesterday, only a handful of people would have noticed, as CAPS supporters laid siege upon the city of progress.

A number of buses transported hundreds of the Green Machine’s supporters, while a good number made their way to Ascot Stadium with their vehicles.

Forget about the chilly Gweru weather, United supporters drove their team with dance and song from the first whistle right up to the last.

One would be easily forgiven for thinking that CAPS United were the home side.

A few Dynamos supporters who housed the northern end had no chance with the vociferous Green Machine fans who were so eager to get their hands on the coveted title their club last won back in 2005.

Their coach Lloyd Chitembwe, interestingly was a part of that swaggering back-to-back title-winning side, and now he has done it once more for his beloved United as coach.

The title was theirs to lose from the moment they gained top spot after second-placed FC Platinum slipped — going down to Harare City on match day 26.

Rightly so, they have had to caress their bruised egos under the glory and whims of the success of neighbours Dynamos in the last decade.

To make it even more sweet, it is one of their most loyal sons —  Chitembwe — who has led them to dreamland.

Chitembwe has written his own piece of history at United, and deserves his place alongside a pretty impressive list alongside the likes of Charles Mhlauri, and Steve Kwashi.

Even the joy on club president Farai Jere’s face told it all after referee Brighton Chimene blew the final whistle to confirm the Green Machine as the league champions of 2016.

“It is time to look ahead now. I think credit has to go to the guys, even the coaches, we look back at the challenges that we encountered throughout the season they never gave up. They kept on pushing us to do the best,” Makepekepe skipper Moses Muchenje said as he tried hard to fight back the tears in his eyes.

Chitembwe named an unchanged side from the one that beat Ngezi Platinum last week and, got their business done as early as the second minute when Simba Nhivi ghosted from the blind side to bury a well swung Ronald Pfumbidzai free-kick.

The goal turned out to be the title-clincher, even though second-placed FC Platinum beat Tsholotsho at Luveve Stadium.

Going into the break, United had one hand on the title, they just had to protect their lead and make sure the home side find no way back into the match.

Chapungu never for a moment looked to be kingmakers for FC Platinum but credit to them they never dropped their heads, they matched United pound for pound.
Substitute Xolani Ncube gave United a few anxious moments, but still the United defence stood resolute. It was United who were more hungrier and determined not to have their hearts broken especially on the very last day of the season.

They didn’t have to worry about the result at Luveve, since their job was done and dusted.

This CAPS United class of 2016 has written their own piece of history, they had it set since the start of the season.

United players sang and danced at the medal presentation even taking a sly-dig at FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza to dare challenge their main man “Lodza”.
All of the United players even those who have seen little playing action, were present except renegade star Archieford Gutu, who vented his frustration on social media over lack of game time.

Tabert Shumba, Charles Mativenga, William Ngonya, Blessing Zabula, Collen Kwaramba, Blessed Mbavarira, Gift Phiri, Agrippa Peperere, Allen Tavarwisa, Maxwell Mavuto, Phillip Marufu.

CAPS United: Edmore Sibanda, Hardlife Zvirekwi, Ronald Pfumbidzai, Stephen Makatuka, Dennis Dauda, Devon Chafa, Josta Ngodzo, Phineas Bamusi, Tafadzwa Rusike, Simba Nhivi, Leonard Tsipa.

Comments (1)

Can Daily News please publish the full log standings, so we can see how teams finished at a glance. thank you.

Monty - 28 November 2016

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