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Caps win as Dynamos, Highlanders held

03/08/2014 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
 
On target ... Kelvin Bulaji scored Caps United's goal
 
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CAPS United 1-0 Chicken Inn
Highlanders 0-0 How Mine

Black Rhinos 0 -0 Dynamos

ON a day when leaders Highlanders and defending champions Dynamos dropped points, Caps United made most of slip by their rivals, beating Chicken Inn at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday to stay in the hunt for the league title.

With the three points, Caps remained in fourth position with 30 points, one behind Dynamos and ZPC Kariba and two behind leaders Highlanders. Hwange are fourth on 27 points after they held ZPC Kariba to a 0-0 draw at Gwanzura on Saturday.

Caps United regular penalty take Ronald Pfumbidzai saw his penalty kick saved by Chicken Inn goalkeeper Elvis Chipezeze in the 13th minute before Kelvin Bulaji thrust the Green Machine ahead two minutes later after getting the better of defender Lawrence Mhlanga.

However, Bulaji did not last the entire match as he was stretched off injured moments later.

Just like against Dynamos last week, Caps struggled in the second half with Taurai Mangwiro’s men preferring a defensive mode.

That allowed Chicken Inn to come to them with Bheki Ncube’s header cleared off the line by Stephen Makatuka before goalkeeper Tafadzwa Dube made two point blank saves from Ncube and Ishmael Lawe as the Bulawayo side poured forward.

But the goal would not just come for the Bulawayo side and coupled with results from elsewhere, they dropped to 10th place on the standings with 20 points, juts one above the relegation cut off point.

Joey Antipas, the Chicken Inn coach said Caps defended well.

“We played very well, especially in the second half, but Caps also defended well. We had our chances but could not convert,” Antipas said.


Delighted with victory ... Caps United coach Taurai Mangwiro

Mangwiro admitted his side was under pressure in the second half.

“We did not play that well. But that is the game of football,” he said.

“We managed to get three points at the end of the day and that is what matters. We will continue to work had, take each game as it comes and correct our mistakes.”



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Highlanders gave new signing Pasca Manhanga his debut in the second half against How Mine at Barbourfields, but they could not break the stubborn How Mine defence.

Charles Sibanda and Mthulisi Maphosa were denied on several occasions.

For Bosso, it was a point gained, but for How Mine, it’s now five games without a win and their first point in three matches, which saw them drop into seventh place with 23 points.

In other games, Dynamos found the going tough against Black Rhinos at Rimuka on Sunday. Rhinos have a new coach Joisten Mathuthu, who has picked up four points from his starting two games.

On Saturday, FC Platinum coach Lloyd Mutasa came under fire from the team’s fans after they were held to a 0-0 draw by Chapungu at Mandava Stadium.

Mutasa was saved from the axe by club president George Mawere last week, but the end seems closer now.

ZPC Kariba and Hwange drew 0-0 at Gwanzura on Saturday as the newcomers made it 17 games unbeaten and now need the four points to reach the magical 35 needed to survive relegation from the PSL.

WEEKEND RESULTS

Saturday: FC Platinum 0-0 Chapungu, ZPC Kariba 0-0 Hwange

Sunday: Harare City 2-1 Chiredzi, Caps United - Chicken Inn, Buffaloes 2-2 Shabanie Mine, Highlanders 0-0 How Mine, Black Rhinos 0 -0 Dynamos, Triangle United3-2 Bantu Rovers





 
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