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CAPS United canter to 3-0 Chiredzi win

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10/08/2014 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
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CAPS United 3-0 Chiredzi

CAPS United kept their title hopes alive with a victory over visiting Chiredzi in a Castle Lager Premiership tie at Rufaro in Harare on Sunday.

First half goals by Kenneth Bulaji and brace by Leonard Fiyado saw CAPS United bouncing back from a 2-1 defeat against Hwange during a mid-week tie, to keep the heat on pacesetters ZPC Kariba.

The match was delayed by 15 minutes as the match officials insisted that Chiredzi’s technical staff produce licences to be allowed to sit on the bench.

Chiredzi coach Gishon Ntini, the team manager, medic and physiotherapist did not have licences. The coach blamed the problem on the PSL secretariat.

When the game eventually started, CAPS raced into the lead in the fifth minute when Kenneth Bulaji headed home a throw-in from Hardlife Zvirekwi.

Nearly ejected from the bench ... Chiredzi coachs argue with match officials over permits

However, Chiredzi goalkeeper Brighton Chapula should take the flak after he was deceived by the harmless looking ball which he only managed to retrieve a few centimeters over the goal line.

He made a feeble attempt to convince referee Brighton Chimene that he had saved the effort but the match official and his second assistant did not even need goal line technology to make their decision.

Fiyado, who came in for the injured Dominic Chungwa, then doubled the lead in the 44th minute when he headed in a tantalising cross by Takudzwa Mahori from the right channel.

Celebrations had barely died among the CAPS United fans when Chiredzi skipper David Sengu was adjudged to have fouled Fiyado in the box.

Fiyado was charging towards goal when Sengu, a former CAPS United skipper, pulled him down. Sengu was given a red card for the offence and Fiyado stepped up to fire home just before the break.

CAPS United created more scoring opportunities after the break but they could not increase their lead while Chiredzi also had their few chances that went to waste.


At the end of the day, Mangwiro said it was payback time for Ntini after allegations emerged that the stocky coach had been eyeing a return to CAPS United dressing room early this season.

“I think this victory was a very good present for Ntini after he was said to have been going behind my back and seeking to unseat me from my job,” said Mangwiro.

But Mangwiro was more pleased that CAPS United are now in third place and have eclipsed Highlanders.

ZPC Kariba lead the log on 35 points while Dynamos are second because of an inferior goal difference with Bosso dropping into fourth.

“We needed to bounce back and put behind us the sad situation from Hwange and I am sure the response by the boys was well, despite is missing a number of our regular players.

“I am happy to have got all three points. It is important that we keep within touching distance of the leading pack. The war is still on,” said Mangwiro.

While it was joy for Mangwiro, Ntini said there were underhand manoeuvres to frustrate him at his job at Chiredzi.

“If the PSL do not like us, they must just tell us. In each and every game they do this (ask for licences),” he said.

“The PSL should not talk about licences when someone had been coaching from January to December. I wonder why the issue of licences is being brought up now and that I should not sit on the bench.”

Disinterested observer ... Former chiredzi coach Moses Chunga watched the game

Ntini was almost ejected in their match against Chicken Inn after failing to produce his licences and he suspect there is a ploy to frustrate them.

“There are people who are not even qualified and are being allowed to coach,” he moaned.

“Each and every game we are facing the same problem and we wonder why the rules are being applied selectively on us. So we did not lose this game on the field of play but we lost it somewhere somehow away from the field.

The coach, however, remains hopeful that his team will survive relegation.

“If these people (PSL) treat us fairly, we will survive,” he said.

“Maybe the next thing would be that they will not allow us to use the eleven players. Maybe they will limit us to use only two or one player.

“Losing a game is not an issue, according to my plan, everything is still under control and we have some games still play.”


Saturday: Highlanders 0-1 Dynamos, Buffaloes 2-1 Bantu Rovers, FC Platinum 2-1 How Mine, Triangle United 0-0 Black Rhinos, ZPC Kariba 3-0 Shabanie Mine

Sunday: Caps United 3-0 Chiredzi (Rufaro), Chicken Inn 0-0 Hwange (Luveve)

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