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CAPS United go top, Dynamos continue revival

By Sports Reporter


HIGH FLYING CAPS United registered their fourth win on the trot after a hard fought win over Triangle at Gibbo Stadium, to move to the top of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League standings, while fellow Harare giants Dynamos continued their resurgence with a 1-0 win over Yadah at Rufaro.

Makepekepe, who now enjoy a one point lead over second placed Chicken Inn at the top, despite having a game in hand, showed their intent after opening the scoring in the 15th minute through midfielder Joel Ngodzo.

Triangle however equalised in the 53rd minute through Simba Makoni but an 82nd minute winner by striker Dominic Chungwa ensured CAPS United maintained their impressive start to the season with a vital away win.

CAPS United coach Lloyd Chitembwe was naturally elated with the win but admitted that their opponents gave them a good run for their money.

“We did well as a team. We were very much aware that this game was going to be a difficult match. Even after scoring first we knew that in the second half they were going to come at us. As we predicted, they came at us and got a goal but we knew that we were going to catch them on the break. We did exactly that to win the match,” said Chitembwe.

Meanwhile, Dynamos’ revival under coach Tonderai Ndiraya continued as the Harare giants won their second match on the trot, with a hard fought victory over Yadah at Rufaro on Sunday.

Ndiraya has not lost a match since he took over from Lloyd Chigowe two weeks ago.

Two wins and a draw for Ndiraya have lifted Dynamos, who had a disastrous start to the season, up to seventh on the log standings.

Just like last week against ZPC Kariba, Dembare laboured to a narrow 1-0 win over on sale Walter Magaya owned side Yadah FC.

Junior Selemani grabbed the all important goal two minutes into the second half to add some gloss on a rather scrappy performance.

In all fairness, the scoreline was rather harsh on the Miracle Boys, who looked nothing like a team up for sale.

Ndiraya is happy with his start to life back as Dynamos coach.

“I always thought I would make things right, that is why I took up the challenge. I think it was a very difficult challenge to take up. But I knew right away, that I would get things right if I start working with the boys.

“I have been working with the guys for two and a half weeks. Things are looking good and this is how it should be and I am happy,” Ndiraya said.

Despite the win,  Ndiraya was not happy with the overall performance of the team against Yadah.

“I am satisfied in terms of the result but obviously I am not satisfied with the performance. I thought we were sluggish today especially in the first half. We didn’t do well in the first 20 minutes conceding six corner kicks plus free-kicks which is not good enough for a big professional team like ours.

“If Yadah were clinical and aggressive, we could have been punished. Sadly we did not have any shot at goal in the first half, save for the Tinotenda Muringani free-kick which was very poor on our part,” Ndiraya said.

Elsewhere, champions FC Platinum suffered their first defeat of the season after succumbing to a 1-0 loss to newboys TelOne at Luveve Stadium while Manica Diamonds returned to winning ways courtesy of a 1-0 win over Herentals at the National Sports Stadium.

Castle Lager Premier Soccer League Results and Fixtures

Sunday: Yadah FC 0-1 Dynamos, Triangle United 1-2 CAPS United, TelOne 1-0 FC Platinum, Herentals 0-1 Manica Diamonds, Hwange 0-1 Chapungu

Saturday: Chicken Inn 3-0 Highlanders, ZPC Kariba 1-0 Ngezi Platinum, Harare City 0-0 Bulawayo Chiefs, Mushowani Stars 2-0 Black Rhinos.