CAPS dismiss troubled Bantu Rovers

BULAWAYO - Defending champions CAPS United emerged with a convincing 3-1 win over relegation-threatened Bantu Rovers in a Castle Lager Premiership match here yesterday.

CAPS were dominant from the onset attacking the youthful home team while Bantu resorted to defending deep and relying more on build ups from the back and counter attacks.

The result means CAPS still have a shout on the championship this season and for Bantu they need some special intervention from somewhere to survive as they continue anchoring the 18-team log.

Bantu Rovers coach Methembe Ndlovu admitted CAPS were the better team.

“We lost fair and square and we can only say well done to the winning team. We had to do a lot of defending. When you do a lot of defending some of the goals will go in. But I am happy with how the players did today. We didn’t have our regular defenders. The other team was just a little bit better,” Ndlovu said.

CAPS assistant coach Tostao Kwashi was impressed with the win over Bantu.

“Well done to the guys. It was a fantastic three points and three goals. We thank God for the result. It’s never easy playing a team fighting relegation. I am just happy that we managed to win. It’s never easy before you play the game,” said Kwashi.

CAPS could have scored 14 minutes into the match through Chrispen Machisi. His effort from the edge of the box was punched back into play by Wellington Muuya in goals for Bantu.

The re-bound fell for Dominic Chungwa who directed his effort straight at Muuya.

CAPS broke the deadlock 19 minutes into the match through their captain Hardlife Zvirekwi. Zvirekwi directed a Machisi cross from the left with a diving header into the net to put the defending champions ahead.

CAPS kept on piling the pressure on the home team with Machisi causing all sorts of problems on the left side of attack.

Chungwa scored the second for the defending champions nine minutes before the half time break.

Moses Muchenje made a solo run and unleashed a shot that was parried back into play by Muuya. Chungwa had the easiest of tasks to tap the ball into an empty net from the rebound.

Veteran former CAPS United captain Tapuwa Kumbuyani scored the face saver for Bantu two minutes before half time break.

Kumbuyani out-jumped the CAPS defenders and connected a Kudzai Dzingwe free kick from the right to sneak the ball past the diving Edmore Sibanda in goals for CAPS.

CAPS increased their lead nine minutes after halftime through Zvirekwi who scored his second of the day and CAPS’ third with a beautiful shot from about 23 metres.

His curling shot hit the upright post and sailed into the net leaving Muuya rooted on the goal line.

After the cushion goal, CAPS kept on piling more pressure and with a bit of luck and accuracy they could have scored goals from the opportunities they created.

Bantu on the other hand had a fair share of the ball in some instances but they created few scoring opportunities.

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