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Caps beat Platinum as Highlanders edge Tsholotsho

Perfect start to the season ... Caps United share top spot with Dynamos after two games

29/03/2015 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
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Caps United 1-0 FC Platinum
Tsholotsho 0-1 Highlanders

IT CAN only get worse for FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza.

First, he was mauled 5-1 by Tanzania’s Young Africans in the Caf Confederation Cup before settling for a 2-2 home draw against newly promoted Dongo Sawmills in the opening fixture of the 2015 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League.

And as he prepares to face Young Africans in the second leg this Saturday, Mapeza was looking for a good warm up result but came unstuck against Caps United at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday, losing 1-0.

The game seemed to be headed for a score-less draw with 15 minutes left on the clock when Caps United won a free kick outside the centre circle.

Stephen Makatuka laid the ball for Rodreck Mutuma, who shielded the ball from a Platinum defender, opening space for an on-rushing Ronald Pfumbidzai to unleash a screamer that flew past the visitors’ goalkeeper Petros Mhari.

Feeling the pressure ... FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza

That took the breath out of Platinum and Mapeza who, in a moment of madness, stormed the pitch to protest a referee’s decision.

The win took Caps to second place with six points, the same as leaders Dynamos, but on an inferior goal difference as the defending champions are yet to concede in the new season.

At Barbourfields Stadium, Bongani Mafu recorded his first away win when Highlanders edged Tsholotsho FC 1-0 via a Teenage Hadebe screamer.

Hadebe scored probably the goal of the season so far, netting from his own half after Tsholotsho goalkeeper Marion Chang had moved off his line.

Minutes before that Obadiah Tarumbwa had missed a one-on-one chance with the keeper to beat before he was taken off for Welcome Ndiweni. Under 23 international striker Thomas Chideu had a goal disallowed for offside on the hour.

Goal of the season cointender ... Highlanders striker Teenage Hadebe scored a screamer


In other matches, How Mine picked up their first win of the season after beating Dongo Sawmills 2-1 at Vhengere Stadium in Rusape. Wonder Sithole and Benjamin Marere scored for Luke Masomere’s gold miners.

At the Colliery, Raphael Manuvire scored at the dearth as ZPC Kariba scrambled a 3-3 draw against Hwange in a six-goal thriller.

David Boriwondo gave Hwange the lead after 21 minutes before Artwell Nyamiwa scored the first of his two goals eight minutes later.

Dumisani Ncube then gave the coalminers the lead in the 53rd minute and they seemed to have sealed it in the 90th minute when Munyaradzi Mungadze scored the third for the hosts.

But Nyamiwa pulled one back from the penalty spot ten minutes from time before Manuvire snatched the equaliser.


Saturday: Harare City 2-0 Chicken Inn FC (Rufaro), Chapungu 0-1 Dynamos (Ascot), Buffaloes 1-1 Triangle (Vengere), Flame Lily 1-1 WhaWha (Gwanzura)

Sunday: Dongo Sawmill 1-2 How Mine (Vengere), Caps United 1-0 FC Platinum (NSS), Tsholotsho FC 0-1 Highlanders (Barbourfields), Hwange 3-3 ZPC Kariba (Colliery)

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