CAPS United maintained their perfect start to the season with an important home victory over Border Strikes at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday.
Substitute, Leonard Tsipa, was the hero, scoring the decisive goal after coming in for Archford Gutu in the second half.
He did not waste time putting the ball behind the nets with his first touch from a free kick.
The win saw Caps dislodging FC Platinum from the top of the log after the Zvishavane-based side stuttered to a goalless draw at home against Harare City.
Meanwhile, at the Colliery, under fire Dynamos coach Jorge Paulo Silva watched his charges being held to a frustrating 0-0 draw which brought, once again, his future into focus.
Dynamos have struggled to beat Hwange at the Colliery where they last won in 2012 and on Sunday the Harare giants stumbled again – a result which could end Silva’s marriage with his bosses.
Silva had been given a target to collect nine points from three matches and had done well against Mutare City-beating them 2-1 but fell 1-0 to Caps United in the Harare derby at Rufaro last weekend.
And the 0-0 draw to Hwange on Sunday means he missed the set target.
Dynamos president Keni Mubaiwa and secretary general Webster Chikengezha were not picking up their phones.
The match saw Dynamos dictating the pace in the first 20 minutes but Hwange soon came out of their groove. Hwange gaffer, Mebelo Njekwa’s decision to thrust veteran defender Obert Moyo into the defensive linkman position paid dividends as Moyo thwarted most of Dynamos’ attack from the centre of the park.
Dynamos were pushed all the way as Hwange’s enterprising forward, Gift Mbweti, beat a Dynamos defender down the right flank and crossed for Gilbert Zulu whose powerful shot was timely blocked by defender, Sydney Linyama.
The second half was a balanced affair with both teams threatening with some dangerous raids.
Hwange coach, Njekwa, was happy with his charges’ performance.
“We played very well as a team; our defence was solid and I think we are happy with the point gained,” he said.
A dejected Silva blamed his boys for failing to keep the ball on the ground.
“I’m disappointed with the way we played; our overall performance was bad; the boys failed to keep the ball down “, said the Portuguese.Advertisement