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Nqobizitha Masuku of Highlanders and Dominic Mukandi jostling for the ball at BarbourFields stadium

Highlanders . . . . . . . 0
Caps United . . . . . .  (1) 1

CAPS United put their in-house problems behind them to deliver a stunning blow to Highlanders and their under-pressure coach Bongani Mafu after yesterday’s match played at Barbourfields Stadium.

BY THANDIWE MOYO

The Green Machine were not sure if they would make the trip to the City of Kings of Friday night due to financial problems, but that was not evident at all as Stephen Makatuka delivered the solitary blow in the 26th minute of a closely fought contest.

Nqobizitha Masuku of Highlanders  and Dominic Mukandi jostling for the ball at BarbourFields stadium
Nqobizitha Masuku of Highlanders and Dominic Mukandi jostling for the ball at BarbourFields stadium

Caps United coach Mark Harrison praised his players for the win.

“We deserved to win the game; make no mistake about that. We should have been three or four-nil at half time,” Harrison said.

“This is the best crew of players I have worked with in the world. Everything we have been going through in this football club shows the world that the players are phenomenal.

“They have gone through a lot and what they are delivering at the moment is phenomenal.”

After suffering his second home defeat at home after losing to Chapungu by the same scoreline, Mafu said: “Goals were not coming for us.

We need to get goals; they are not coming at all. We still created opportunities, but without scoring, it’s not going to happen. We need goals.

“I think it’s confidence. We need to have a little bit of composure in front of goal and not to worry too much if we miss. I think the goal took the wind out of our sail and we went out of the way a little bit in the first half, but I must say we played better football in the second half. We conceded a goal which we could have cut off so we need to work on those things.”

Highlanders back-paddled throughout the match with players failing to combine well and losing a lot of possession in midfield.

In the 26th minute, Highlanders conceded a corner which was well taken by Gerald Phiri with Ariel Sibanda being drawn out to try and clear, leaving the goal mouth unmanned.

Makatuka met the cross with a powerful header which Felix Chindungwe tried to clear, but only assisted in putting it into the nets.

Two minutes later, Highlanders’ Ozias Zibande sent a Bruce Kangwa cross over the bar, while in the 39th minute, Takudzwa Mahori’s effort was saved by Sibanda.

A minute into the second half, Sibanda saved Highlanders from another goal after Kangwa and Teenage Hadebe had failed to clear, leaving the
ball in the path of Rodreck Mutuma, but Sibanda threw his body on the line to save at point-blank range.

Highlanders tried to salvage a point in the dying minutes of the game, but even Simon Munawa’s acrobatic kick went wide.

The Bulawayo giants tumbled to seventh position on the log from fourth with 10 points, while Caps United rose to fifth position with 11 points.
Teams

Highlanders: A Sibanda, W Chingodza, S Munawa, O Tarumbwa, B Kangwa, N Masuku, T Hadebe, F Chindungwe, O Zibande (K Nadolo 79th minute), V Ndaba (R Kutsanzira 31st minute), G Nyoni (T Chideu 62nd minute)

Caps United: C Mverechena, H Zvirekwi, G Nyirenda, S Makatuka, R Matova, D Mukandi, M Muchenje, L Fiyado (V Musarurwa 71st minute), R Mutuma, T Mahori (C Machisi 82nd minute), G Phiri (L Tsipa 62nd minute)

1 COMMENT

  1. I think its wise for Mafu and Highlanders management to save ties while there is still time. It was evident that Highlanders was not going to score against a determined Caps yesterday as our players lack the zeal to win. They do not fight for balls and are always second to the ball. There is no system of play with Mafu’s team. Try another coach before its too late. Madinda Ndlovu is free as of now and better try him before other teams snatch him.

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