CAPS crash out of Champions League

ALGIERS - CAPS United produced an error-ridden display as their fairytale run came to an end following a painful 4-1 defeat at the hands of USM Alger that sent them packing out of the African Champions League last night.

Okacha Hamzaoui and Ziri Hammar first half strikes and an Oussama Darffalou second half brace condemned the Green Machine to their heaviest defeat in the tournament.

Inform striker Abbas Amidu got the consolation for CAPS United late in the second half.

Makepekepe came into the game desperate for maximum points to progress to the quarterfinal of the tournament but the defeat meant USM Alger qualified to the next stage while Libyan side Al Ahli Tripoli joined them as runners up after holding Egyptian giants Zamalek 2-2 in the other group match at their own backyard.

Lloyd Chitembwe’s charges appeared on course to achieve their plan of soaking the home team’s pressure especially in the opening stages of the game in which there were a couple of anxious moments for the visitors with the Algerians playing some dangerous balls into the box.

But the home team broke Makepekepe’s resistance just eight minutes from the break through hard running forward Ziri after being given too much room at the back before releasing a powerful shot into the roof of the net that gave goalkeeper Prosper Chigumba no chance.

And when the visitors harboured hopes of fighting back, USM Alger doubled their lead five minutes later through Hamzaoui, who had the easiest of tasks of heading the ball into an empty net after Ziri’s cross from the right side found him unmarked at the back post.

The Green Machine continued to live dangerously as the home side backed by a noisy strong crowd of more than 25 000, who made the stadium appear like a warzone by burning the flares and cracking fireworks, went on to create several scoring opportunities only stutter in the final third or at times denied by the goalkeeper.

But any hopes of a comeback were dashed 12 minutes from full time when Darfalou was left unmarked inside the box to jump high and connect with a simple header from a Mohamed Meftah corner kick.

Amidu, who hit a brace in United’s 3-1win over Zamalek last weekend, reduced the arrears for the CAPS United on 81 minutes.

But Darfalou got his second after Chigumba fumbled a Mohamed Benkablia powerful shot from inside the box to complete a resounding victory for the home side. USM Alger were quicker off the blocks forcing three corner kicks in the opening five matches as the Green Machine defended deep.

Chitembwe’s team enjoyed their fair share of play, but they generally failed to trouble the north African side’s defence on the day as the Algerian giants used their experience to see off the challenge.

Defender Ronald Pfumbidzai, who shrugged off illness to make it into the matchday squad almost scored directly from a corner kick but his effort crashed against the cross bar before it went out. 

The Green Machine, however, failed to take that momentum forward as they battled to find the energy and inspiration to break down a resolute USM Alger defence. CAPS United coach Lloyd Chitembwe, however chose to dwell much on the positives of the team by reaching this far. 

Teams:

USM Alger: Mohammed Zemmamouche, Ayoub Abdellaoui, Okacha Hamzaoui, Farouk Chafai, Kaddour Beldjilali, Abderrahmane Meziane, Ziri Hammar, Mohamed Meftah, Hamza Koudri, Mokhtar Benmoussa, Abdelraouf Benguit 

CAPS United: Prosper Chigumba, Hardlife Zvirekwi, Ronald Chitiyo, Moses Muchenje (Cabby Kamhapa 46m), Tafadzwa Rusike (Dominic Chungwa 46m), Abbas Amidu, Ronald Pfumbidzai, Devon Chafa, Carlton Munzabwa, Phinias Bhamusi, Justice Jangano

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