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Much-needed win ... Caps United players celebrate after beating Bantu Rovers on Sunday

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CAPS United forward Dominic Chungwa scored the only goal that counted for the Harare giants to see off Bantu Rovers in a Castle Lager Premiership tie at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday.

After a shocking 2-0 defeat to How Mine in their previous match, Caps United were desperate for a win.

And they had Dominic Chungwa to thank when he thrust them into the lead after 10 minutes when he met a cross by Hardlife Zvirekwi from the right to drill the ball past goalkeeper Brighton Chipula.

Despite United getting an early goal, Bantu Rovers recovered to launch a series of raids on United goal with Fortune Ncube coming close on 16 minutes only to direct his effort wide.

Obadiah Tarumbwa also missed a headed opportunity on 22 minutes as Caps defender Stephen Makatuka cleared the ball out of the danger zone.

Four minutes later Tafadzwa Kutinyu missed from three yards after a well delivered long throw in into the penalty area by Emberton Tshuma.

Caps United also missed a good opportunity on 33 minutes with Leonard Fiyado failing to connect a cross from Zvirekwi. At the stroke of the first half, Chungwa had his shot blocked by defender Zephania Ngodzo.

In full flight ... Caps Utd's Gerald Phiri watches as Nqobizitha Masuku tries a scissors kick

Bantu Rovers coach Methembe Ndlovu pulled off goalkeeper Brighton Chipula for Takunda Mutanga in after 37 minutes.

In the second half, Caps United regained control of the match but in the 65th minute, Tafadzwa Ngwena could nearly equalized for Bantu Rovers but missed the opportunity with his long range effort being tipped over by the keeper.

Ishmael Thindwa who came in as a substitute on 60 minutes for the out of sorts Leonard Fiyado had his effort superbly saved by the keeper on 86 minutes.

Caps United coach Taurai Mangwiro was happy with the victory.

“We badly needed the points,” he said.

“I am happy with the win but we have always said we want the goals three or four. Look at the glut of chances, clear chances but we couldn’t get them.


“I thought we got to a good start. We were on top but after we scored they started to control but we kept our tactical discipline.”

His opposite number, Ndlovu said:  “We have always been complaining about officiating but today we are happy with the officiating. It was just not our day.

“After they scored we calmed down and controlled the match but even though we didn’t the goals I am very proud of the team’s performance. They gave everything.”

The win lifted Caps United to seventh place on the league table with 14 points.

Sea of green and white ... Caps United supporters in paty mood on Sunday


Sunday: Buffaloes 1-3 Highlanders, Chiredzi 0-1 Dynamos, Hwange 3-0 Shabanie Mine, Caps United 1-0 Bantu Rovers

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