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CAPS win as Dynamos, Highlanders suffer


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20/06/2013 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
 
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Highlanders 0-1 Chicken Inn
Buffaloes 3-2 Dynamos
CAPS United 2-0 Hwange

CAPS United’s championship bid remained on course after they overcame a battling Hwange to collect the maximum three points in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League tie at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday.

In Mutare Buffaloes survived what they saw as the injustice of two penalty awards to visiting Dynamos and the sending off of one of their key players to beat the visitors 3-2.

Buffaloes had not won in five games, a poor run which forced the resignation of coach, Saul Chaminuka, but on Wednesday they held their nerve, and anger, to cheer their faithful among the estimated 10,000 fans who thronged Sakubva stadium.

After the game both Buffaloes coach Timothy Masachi and his opposite number, Calisto Pasuwa, agreed that the referee had spoiled an otherwise an entertaining encounter.

Said Pasuwa: “It is unfortunate that we lost this match (but) the refereeing was just bad.

“When we went into second half I think the referee felt like he should perform a balancing act given the two penalties he had given us in the first half. This was just poor match officiating.

“As a team we also played badly and I think it all has to do with the bumpy pitch. We cannot player our normal game in such a bumpy pitch.”

Masachi added: “I really want to thank my players for showing maturity. I am happy with the result but the referee was bad.

“Dynamos did not deserve the two penalties they were given in the first half and the red card was just cruel but I am hay the better team of the day won.”

Perhaps the only comfort for Pasuwa was the fact that table toppers Highlanders were also losing at home to Chicken Inn in Bulawayo.

Second-placed Chicken Inn reduced the gap at the top to three points through a strike by attacking midfielder Kudakwashe Mahachi on 30 minutes and held on to collect the maximum points, punishing an unusually wasteful Highlanders.

For Chicken Inn coach, football scalps don’t come bigger than Highlanders on the domestic scene and he duly revelled in his side’s triumph.

“It was a great game (and) we are happy we have managed to get three points from a big club, but we have to cut our celebrations short and focus on Shabanie,” he said.



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“Our target is to be in the top four at the end of the season and it looks like we are in the right direction,” Mpofu said

Bosso coach Kelvin Kaindu needelessly concede that goals win football matches.

“It is unfortunate. Football is won by scoring goals. We did not score goals, but created a lot of chances and their goalkeeper was on top of the game. What is important now is to focus on the next game,” he said.

Meanwhile, in Harare, United’s latest win means they have now collected seven points in their last three matches  and moved into to fifth position on the league table with 23 points.

They went into Wednesday’s game having beaten FC Platinum 2-1 before settling for a 0-0 draw against Monomotapa before the premiership break last weekend.

And on Wednesday they capitalised on home advantage to bag maximum points with forward David Rediyon and midfielder Moses Muchenje finding the target in the first half.

Coach Taurai Mangwiro said the victory was a welcome boost as he faces log leaders Highlanders at the weekend.

“We have been working hard during the break to get this result,” he said.

“The break allowed us an opportunity to assess a number of players and we played well especially in the first half in which we scored two goals. In the second half we wanted to protect our lead and we also had good chances.”

Hwange’s Nation Dube blamed the defeat on lack of match practice due to the league break.

“We struggled in the first half but in the second half we exerted pressure on them,” he said.

“I think the break affected us because we didn’t play any friendly matches. The premier league teams we wanted to play against were playing other teams and the division league is on and we could not get a friendly match.”

RESULTS & FIXTURES

Wednesday: Black Mambas 2-0 Shabanie Mine (Morris Depot), Highlanders 0-1 Chicken Inn (Barbourfields), Buffaloes 3-2 Dynamos (Sakubva), Black Rhinos 0-0 Tripple B (Rimuka), Caps United 2-0 Hwange (National Sports Stadium), Motor Action 0-0 FC Platinum (Motor Action)

Thursday: How Mine v Triangle (Luveve), Harare City v Monomotapa (Rufaro)





 
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