By Sports Reporter
DYNAMOS finally remembered how to win, after registering their first win in four Premier Soccer League matches after a slender 1-0 win over ZPC Kariba at Rufaro Stadium yesterday.
However it was their eternal city rivals CAPS United, who were celebrating the most as their win by a similar margin against Harare City at the National Sports Stadium not only ensured they maintained their unbeaten start to season , but also lifted them to second position, just a point behind FC Platinum.
CAPS United, who have played a game less than log leaders FC Platinum, needed a solitary goal from inform new signings Gabriel Nyoni, who found the back of the net in his third successive PSL match at the National Sports Stadium yesterday.
The win ensured CAPS United moved into second place with 13 points, one behind champions FC Platinum but Makepepe have a game in hand while Harare City slumped to 14th place with the defeat as they continue to struggle for consistency.
“It was a very tactical game especially in the second half, they had to shift their team around a bit and I thought we responded very well. I have a strong feeling that we did everything in the first half by scoring that goal and made sure that we were going to make it difficult for them to hurt us in the second half it was all about trying to manage the game.
“I am very impressed with the way the boys applied themselves tactically. They showed high levels of concentration and a lot of composure I am extremely delighted with the performance,” CAPS United coach Lloyd Chitembwe said after the match.
After an evenly balanced affair in the opening minutes the decisive moment in the match came in the 17th minute when Joel Ngodzo delivered a defence splitting pass for Nyoni who shrugged off a challenge from Gareth Madhake to poke the ball home.
Harare City had chances to salvage something from the match after Nyoni missed a chance to complete a brace when he side footed Ngodzo’s pass the ball just wide midway through the first half.
Tatenda Tavengwa could have drawn Harare City level but his thumping drive from outside the box crushed onto the cross bar on the half hour mark.
Goalkeeper Prosper Chigumba kept Makepekepe after brilliantly saving Walter Mukanga’s free kick moments before half time.
Although City had the better chances in a closely fought second half, it was CAPS United who sealed the win despite Ngodzo missing a stoppage time penalty following a foul by midfielder Milton Ncube.
“We can only blame ourselves for losing the match that for sure. The first 20-25 minutes we were awful. We knew they were going to press us hard and that’s when we gave away a stupid goal.
“In the second half we had absolute control of the game we created numerous chances. We work every week on finishing and we can’t even hit the target I don’t think their goalkeeper saved a shot. We missed the target too many times I think we had three one on one’s with the keeper it’s difficult to accept,” losing coach Mark Harrison said.
In the other big match in the capital, Dynamos returned to winning ways, following a 1-0 victory over ZPC Kariba in new coach Tonderayi Ndiraya’s home coming at Rufaro Stadium.
Dynamos needed a first-half goal by Munyaradzi Mawadza to collect maximum points after capitalising on a set piece just before the break when the latter flicked in Ali Maliselo’s set delivery to give the hosts the lead.
ZPC Kariba had the better chances in the second half but failed to break beyond the Dynamos back line.
The result gives Ndiraya his first victory since returning to the club over a week ago.
Meanwhile at Barbourfields Stadium, Highlanders were made to pay for missing several scoring opportunities only managing drab a goalless draw by Hwange.
Elsewhere, Chicken Inn recovered from defeats against Ngezi Platinum and FC Platinum to beat Manica Diamonds 2-0 while Chapungu came from behind to win 2-1 against Mushowani Stars.
Castle Lager Premier Soccer match day League six results
Sunday: Dynamos 1-0 ZPC Kariba, Highlanders 0-0 Hwange, CAPS United 1-0 Harare City, Manica Diamonds 0-2 Chicken Inn, Chapungu 2-1 Mushowani
Saturday: Bulawayo Chiefs 2-3 Yadah FC, Ngezi Platinum Stars 1-0 TelOne, Black Rhinos 2-1 Triangle United, FC Platinum 0-0 Herentals