CAPS up and running

CAPS United.................. (2) 2
Manica Diamonds.................0

FOR almost the whole duration of the game, CAPS United coach Lloyd Chitembwe hardly took a seat on bench, constantly barking instructions while on the touchline, which goes a long way to show just how much this season means to the club.

Chitembwe has not made it a secret that the Green Machine is going for the championship and there was plenty of positives to take away from yesterday’s win over the newly-promoted Manica Diamonds.

Makepekepe were playing with greater fluency especially in the first half and the match was over as a contest before the break after goals from striker John Zhuwawu and Joel Ngodzo’s penalty.

“Our aim is to try and win games and it’s very important to play so that we can fulfil our ambitions,” Chitembwe said after the match.
“Individually, players have ambitions even us as coaches, we also have ambitions so the whole idea is to win games and ultimately win trophies.

“I’m sure it’s also ringing in their (players’) minds that they are here to win things. This has always has been the reason why we manage to bring them here so that they can fulfil their ambitions and dreams of our supporters.”
United were menacing in the first period and got an early lead after Phenias Bhamusi tore away on the left flank before crossing for Dominic Chungwa.

The striker’s initial effort was weak but Manica goalkeeper Jorum Muchambo could not gather it at the first take allowing Zhuwawu to poke home from close range after a goalmouth melee.  
Chungwa’s afternoon ended prematurely as he suffered a knock before he was replaced by midfielder Kudzai Nyamupfukudza after 14 minutes. Makepekepe, however, did not let that stop them from pressing on the gas and were awarded a penalty in the 24th minute after Gabriel Nyoni was brought down inside the box by Lawrence Masibera.
Ngodzo comfortably beat Muchambo from 12 yards out to extend Makepekepe’s lead.

Aces Youth Soccer Academy product Blessing Sarupinda, who was marking his debut for Makepekepe, looked comfortable with and without the ball and showed a lot of promise in a midfield where he was shielded by an experienced pair of Ngodzo and Nyamupfukudza.

Bhamusi and Nyoni were brimming with confidence on the flanks, and were a threat each time they were in possession as Manica Diamonds defenders failed to cope with their pace.
Luke Masomere’s charges appeared riddled with anxiety even on the few occasions when they had possession.

Nyoni could have put his name on the scoresheet moments later only to be denied by some brilliant goalkeeping from Muchambo, who parried his effort for a corner to keep the scoreline respectable.

On the rare occasion that Manica Diamonds attacked, Stephen Sibanda thought he had pulled one back on the hour mark for the visitors but his goal was ruled out for offside.

Infact, the Gem Boys looked like crumbling every time Makepekepe attacked and were fortunate not to concede more goals as the Green Machine couldn’t add to their tally.
Somehow, CAPS United took the foot off the pedal in the second half and allowed the visitors to cause some anxious moments here and there only to be undone by poor execution in front of goal.

Instead, it was the Green Machine, who almost found the target late in the game had Nyoni and substitute Newman Sianchali been clinical in front of goal.

On his team’s performance Masomere said: “I think the first half was bad for us but we came back in the second half more organised and we could have also scored one or two goals. Otherwise, I’m really happy with the way we played.”


CAPS United: Prosper Chigumba, Valentine Musarurwa, Valentine Ndaba, Goodwin Goriyati, Method Mwanjali, Blessing Sarupinda (Newman Sianchali 70m), Phineas Bhamusi (Hardlife Zvirekwi 86m), Joel Ngodzo, Gabriel Nyoni, John Zhuwawo, Dominic Chungwa (Kudzai Nyamupfukudza 14m)

Manica Diamonds: Jorum Muchambo, Lawrence Masibera (Marshal Mudewe 55m), Pritchard Mpelele, Nelson Tachi, Partson Jaure, Timire Mamvura, Jefferey Takunda, Wisdom Mutasa (Ishmael Lawe 55m), Tendai Mukono, Stephen Sibanda, Stanley Ngala.

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