Chicken Inn (1) 1
Caps United (1) 2
CAPS UNITED FOOTBALL club flew into Bulawayo in the morning of the Africa day and flew out yesterday evening with three points after a commanding performance against the champions Chicken Inn at Luveve stadium, as they recorded a 2-1 victory before a good crowd.
United took the lead after 33 minutes when Brian Abbas Amidu struck a powerful shot inside the box to beat Elvis Chipezeze the Chicken Inn goalkeeper. Amidu obliged to a dummy in the box following a good cross from left back Ronald Pfumbidzai. It was his second of the season after he scored at the same venue in Caps United’s 2-1 defeat to How Mine, two weeks back.
The lead lasted only two minutes as Edmore Chirambadare deceived three united players outside the box and released a left footed grounder that hit the right upright before rolling into the nets. It was 1-1 at half time, with Chirambadare also getting his second goal of the season in the process.
Four minutes into the second half veteran striker Leonard Tsipa got the winning goal and his third of the season when he headed home while on the ground a low cross from the exciting left winger Phineas Bhamusi.
Lloyd Chitembwe the Caps United coach refused to be drawn into the championship equation despite his team moving into second position on the log with the victory. “It was a team win, we can’t talk about the championship, and it will be irresponsible at this stage, we just want to pick as many points as we possibly can”, he said to the media after the match.
It was United’s fifth win of the season, in which they have lost once and drawn twice in their opening eight matches of the season, while Chicken Inn suffered their fourth defeat of the season and have won three times with one draw.
Tsipa said the team effort contributed to the victory. On his advance age he said “Age is just but a number, if you continue working hard you achieve a lot and I will continue working hard for the team”.
In other matches on Africa day Border Strikers recorded not only their first victory of the season but also their first goal of the season. The new comers had lost their opening seven matches of the season by an identical 1-0 score line.
ZPC kariba moved to third position on the log with a 1-0 win over Hwange at home. Triangle now coached by former Dynamos mentor David Madingora took fourth position with a comprehensive 3-1 victory over new boys Mutare City. Bulawayo City beat Ngezi Platinum 1-0 at Barbourfields stadium. – Muziwethu Hadebe
Results :Chicken Inn 1-2 Caps United, Border Strikers 1-0 Tsholotsho, Triangle 3-1 Mutare City, Bulawayo City 1-0 Ngezi Platinum, and ZPC Kariba 1-0 Hwange.
Today: How mine vs FC Platinum- Luveve
Friday: Harare City vs Chapungu- Rufaro
Saturday: Dynamos vs Highlanders- Rufaro