CAPS United sink deeper

BULAWAYO – Defending Castle Lager Premiership champions CAPS United suffered their fourth defeat inside five games when they went down 3-1 to a fired-up Chicken Inn during yesterday’s match at Luveve Stadium.

Makepekepe remain in the relegation zone in 16th place on the log with 14 points but have six games in hand due to their participation in the African Champions League this season.

Yesterday, the Gamecocks got off to an early start as they scored two first half goals through Obadiah Tarumbwa and Passmore Bernard.

Phineas Bamusi pulled one back for the Green Machine shortly after the break but Tarumbwa completed his brace late on to ensure maximum points for the home side.

The Gamecocks coach Rahman Gumbo was full of praise for his players after the match.

“The guys have the mental strength to last the distance. Now it’s not about physical fitness but it is more of a psychological game,” Gumbo said.

“The guys have the drive and they know the targets we set for them and it’s something that they are looking forward to. In a way the game was in our favour. We had a psychological edge over CAPS.”

Makepekepe assistant coach Tostao Kwashi believes there is no need for the defending champions to sound the alarm bells despite the poor form.

“It’s football, we lost the battle but the war is still on. We have to hold our heads up and keep on grinding. We are now looking forward to our next game on Sunday against ZPC Kariba,” Kwashi said.

“Yes, we lost, we are not happy about it. We are going back to work hard, do more than what we did in the previous matches and pray hard.”

The Gamecocks took control of the match from the onset when Tarumbwa gave them the lead just after 10 minutes.

Midfielder Innocent Mucheneka created the opening goal when he beat a defender on the edge of the box before teeing up Tarumbwa.

Four minutes later, the home side was 2-0 up when Bernard unleashed a scorcher after he had been set up by Chris Samakweri.

The shot took a nasty deflection off returning defender Stephen Makatuka to deceive goalkeeper Jorum Muchambo.

CAPS were able to pull a goal back four minutes after the break when Bamusi capitalised on some poor defending by the home side to squeeze his effort past Gamecocks goalie Elvis Chipezeze.

However, any hopes of a Makepekepe comeback were extinguished five minutes before full time when Tarumbwa scored his second of the game.

Mucheneka released the striker with a through ball behind the CAPS defence and Tarumbwa beat Muchambo with a low shot.

TEAMS

Chicken Inn: Elvis Chipezeze, Passmore Bernard, Divine Lunga (Ben Nyahunzvi 50 min), Guide Goddard, Moses Jackson, Brian Juru, Clemence Matawu, Innocent Mucheneka, Chris Samakweri (Collins Dhuwa 59 min), Obadiah Tarumbwa, Darryl Nyandoro (Kudakwashe Gurure 67min)

CAPS United: Jorum Muchambo, Hardlife Zvirekwi, Carlton Mudzambwa, Stephen Makatuka, Valentine Musarurwa, Devon Chafa, Cabby Kamhapa (John Zhuwawo 46 min), Joel Ngodzo (Kudzai Nyamupfukudza 84 min), Amon Kambanje, Phenius Bamusi, Dominic Chungwa.

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