CAPS United put their in-house problems behind them to beat Mutare City 2-0 at Sakubva Stadium on Sunday and shot to the top of the log standings.
The victory took Caps United’s points tally to 21the same as ZPC Kariba but enjoy top spot because of superior goal difference. Highlanders claimed third position with 20 points after overcoming a battling How Mine 2-0 in a Bulawayo derby.
Caps United went into the match against the background of player boycott over non-payment of salaries but that counted for little as they displayed a polished performance to subdue Mutare City.
The match started on a high tempo with the visitors taking the stage to announce their arrival as early as the 3rd minute after a neat exchange of passes between youngster, Kudzai Nyamupfukudza, and attacking midfielder, Joel Ngodzo.
The match progressed with the home team slowly crawling in to the game but United continued to enjoy a lion’s share of possession, with Nyamupfukudza, Ngodzo and Amidu dictating the proceedings in the middle of the park.
Simba Nhivi then thrust Caps United into the lead seven minutes into the match, connecting from a corner kick.
With attack after another from United who had gathered all the confidence, it was now a Caps United versus Makwiyana affair as the former was camped in the latter’s half, showing clearly their intentions to collect all possible points from the match.
As Caps United continued with their dominance, Hardlife Zvirekwi weaved his way past a cluster of defenders before leaving them for dead, and then found Amidu who directed his effort on target but the midfielder was left in disbelief as Makwiyana was equal to the task.
Joel Ngodzo had his moment as well but could not do much in the 24th minute after he was brought down to reward the visitors a free kick, but Tsipa could not justify the finish.
Nhivi, who was enjoying a superb game, was found wanting after failing to convert a glorious chance that was easier to score than to miss of a Bhamusi cross.
With 35 minutes on the clock, United continued to pile pressure and the hosts could not hold it anymore and Nyamupfukudza picked Abbas Amidu who made no mistake as he buried it home to double the lead for Makepekepe.
The game continued with United enjoying top form, and their opponents could only avoid further damage, as their hopes of reducing the arrears were continuously being thwarted by the visitors.Advertisement
Mutare City, through Madamombe, had their moment of brilliance but the ever alert goalkeeper, Jorum Muchambo, had an easy task.