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Caps passes Platinum test, wins 2-1 in thriller

16/08/2017 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter

STRUGGLING Caps United provided hope for their restive fans with a deserved 2-1 victory over title contenders FC Platinum in a thrilling encounter at Rufaro on Wednesday.

A goal each by Dominic Chungwa and Stephen Makatuka in the first half ensured the Green Machine bagged maximum points bringing their tally to seven points in the last three matches.

Assistant coach Mark Mathe said: "We are happy to get the three points. But firstly I want to acknowledge the contest that was there; the resistance FC Platinum provided.

They were actually on top of the situation in the first half but we are happy we showed character to win the match. We have garnered three points and the belief is coming back now and our aim now is to claw up the ladder in our next match," said Mathe.

FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza said they were still very much in the race despite the defeat.

"Our defending on set pieces was not up to scratch. In our past games we have been conceding on set pieces. The organisation and concentration was not there. But we are not out of it yet because Caps are yet to come to Mandava and Dynamos are still to play Ngezi. We are still within reach," said Mapeza.

The match started on a high tempo with both teams showing a lot of verve.

Caps United missed a great opportunity after five minutes with John Zhuwawo unleashing a thunderous shot which crashed against the cross bar.

Victory loop ... Caps United players celebrating

A minute later, FC Platinum were 1-0 up. Veteran forward, Charles Sibanda, dispossessed Valentine Musarurwa before beating goalkeeper Edmore Sibanda with a rising shot.

Still the home team didn't lose hope and made some decent entries into the penalty box with Phineas Bhamusi coming close on 17 minutes. They were rewarded for their efforts after 22 minutes, with Chungwa popping up with a beautiful leveller when he leapt highest to plant a firm header off a corner kick by Hardlife Zvirekwi.

After the goal, Caps United's confidence grew as they carved out some good chances. Still, FC Platinum responded with some methodical build ups laced with neat passes synonymous with their game.


But Caps soaked all the pressure and on 37 minutes they were 2-1up. The goal came from an unlikely source- defender Stephen Makatuka-who out jumped a cluster of defenders to head home from a corner kick by Ronald Pfumbidzai.

The home team came back from the breather even more determined. Nigerian international Chidiebere, who came on as a second half substitute replacing Chungwa on 75, missed a headed opportunity seven minutes from full time.

Platinum kept probing at the death and were nearly rewarded but substitute, Hamandishe Moyo, breached the Caps United defence only to be denied by Sibanda with a classy stop.


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