CAPS scrape through

CAPS United...0
ZPC Kariba...0

(CAPS United win 5-4 after penalty shoot)

HARARE - CAPS United coach Lloyd Chitembwe admitted it was the result which mattered most after his charges scraped through to the quarterfinals of the Chibuku Super Cup at the expense of ZPC Kariba following a penalty shoot out here yesterday.

The Green Machine were far from convincing and their impotence in front of goal was once again laid bare as they were restricted to a goalless draw in regulation time which saw the match go straight to a penalty shoot out where Makepekepe emerged with a narrow 5-4 victory.

While CAPS United settled early they, however, did little to trouble the visitors as they chose to pass the ball around.

They only came alive late in the second half but were let down by poor finishing while at times they found ZPC Kariba’s defence unyielding.

ZPC Kariba also saw some few chances coming their way but again their forwards failed to do justice in front of goal to take the game into the dreaded penalties.   

Kariba converted their spot-kicks through goalkeeper Takabva Mawaya, Moses Demera, David Temwanjira and Ian Nekati while Munyaradzi Kunyarimwe’s effort went wide as they crashed out of the country’s most prestigious knockout tournament in the first round.

In reply, CAPS converted all their spot-kicks through Joel Ngodzo, Milton Ncube, Method Mwanjale, Hardlife Zvirekwi and Wisdom Mutasa who scored the winning kick.

But while CAPS United goalkeeper Chris Mverechena replaced Prosper Chigumba right at the death for the sole purpose of the shoot out, he failed to justify his presence as he failed to save a single spot-kick.

“I’m very happy with the result but like I always say it’s a process. I believe there are certain aspects of the game which I felt we did not do as well as we really wanted to but at the end of the day I just give credit to the boys,” Chitembwe said.

“They knew what was at stake; they knew what they wanted out of this game. What we wanted was obviously a positive result and in as far as I’m concerned we won the game and that’s what is more important.

“…we just have to make sure we prepare technically, tactically as well as physically for the coming games but for confidence it was a good win although I still believe there is still a lot of work to be done.”

ZPC Kariba coach Godfrey Tamirepi thought his side had done enough to settle matters in regulation time.

Second half substitutes Demera and Pride Tafirenyika blew some good scoring chances late in the second half that could have made the difference.

“We had actually a very slow start to the game and we allowed CAPS United to control the match.

“But I would say they were actually controlling possession not in threatening areas and they never created any meaningful chances,” Tamirepi said.

“We actually had one or two chances in the first half but unfortunately the finishing was bad. In the second half we came back a better team and created chances but
again we could not bury them. 

“If you look at the two teams I think we were actually a better team.

“When we got to the penalties they got it right and we got it wrong.

“Penalties are very difficult and it’s so frustrating losing in that way because we should have wrapped up the game in regulation time as we had more chances than CAPS United.”


CAPS United: Prosper Chigumba (Chris Mverechena 89’), Justice Jangano, Carlton Munzabwa (Hardlife Zvirekwi 46’), Steven Makatuka, Method Mwanjale, Cabby Kamhapa (Brian Muzondiwa 69’), Valentine Musarurwa, Joel Ngodzo, Milton Ncube, Abasirim Chidiebere

ZPC Kariba: Takabva Mawaya, Boid Mutukure, Munyaradzi Kunyarimwe, Ian Nekati, Sylvester Appiah, Collen Muleya, Daniel Chakupe (Moses Demera 57’), Bornface Zuberi, Tawanda Nyamandwe, Francesco Zekumbawire (David Temwanjira 57’), Talent Chamboko (Pride Tafirenyika 76’)


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