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06/04/2015 00:00:00
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Caps United 1-1 Dynamos

CAPS United failed to beat Dynamos for the umpteenth time after the two teams settled for a 1-1 draw in a Castle Lager Premiership match at the National Sports Stadium on Easter Monday.

United went into the match seeking to win their first league match against their fiercest rivals since 2006 when a Nyasha Mushekwi brace helped them to a comfortable victory.

Since then Caps have been living in the shadows of their opponents and on Sunday they failed to beat them again despite racing into the lead through George Nyirenda’s beautiful strike.

However, Dynamos cancelled United's lead through a hotly disputed penalty by Quadr Amini after their star player Ronald Chitiyo was brought down in the penalty area by goalkeeper Victor Twaliki as he charged for goal.

Midlands referee Thabani Banda pointed to the spot much to the chagrin of the United faithful and Amini converted the penalty to level the score line.

But Caps coach Mark Harrison was not happy with the result.

“It wasn’t a penalty, the goalkeeper touched the ball and there was no contact. The referee was 20 meters away,” he said after the game.

“They (Dynamos) were in control in the first half but after the goal we took control in the second half and could have won the match.

“It’s two points dropped than a point gained. It hurts me but we are still unbeaten.”

Tactical chat ... Caps United coach Mark Harrison talks to Leonard Tsipa

Caps United captain Hardlife Zvirekwi said it was a disappointing result considering they were at home.

“I am disappointed with result. We were supposed to collect maximum points at home but we made life difficult for ourselves by that mistake,” he said.

“We had to motivate the players after the incident in Bulawayo and we played well but got punished because of that mistake.”

Dynamos dominated the match in the first half and had the better chances with Godknows Murwira’s effort after eight minutes drawing a fine save from Twaliki.

Amini’s dipping free kick from the edge of the area went wide five minutes later while Simba Nhivi directed his effort wide on 21 minutes following a pass from Eric Opoku.


But Caps United came back from the break showing determination and Chrispen Machisi missed a good opportunity after a cross from Moses Muchenje on 47 minutes.

On 56 minutes, United opened the lead from an unlikely source - Nyirenda - who dispossessed Dynamos captain Augustine Mbara before unleashing a shot that beat goalkeeper Artwell Mukandi.

After the goal, Harrison pulled off Nyirenda, replacing him with Gerald Phiri while Dynamos coach David Mandigora introduced Bret Amidu in place of Walter Mukanga having earlier thrown in Oscar Machapa in place of Kelvin Bulaji.

Dynamos however, threatened at the death with substitute Machapa watching his pile driver crashing against the cross bar.

Dynamos coach David Mandigora said: “It was a fair result. We played well.”


Caps United:  V Twaliki, H Zvirekwi, R Pfumbidzai, S Makatuka, C Munzabwa, D Mukandi, M Muchenje, C Machisi, Z Biserk (33rd T Mahori), L Tsipa (R Mutuma 83rd), G Nyirenda (G Phiri 64th)

Dynamos: A Mukandi, A Mbara, S Linyama, G Murwira, Q Amini, W Mukanga (Amidu Bret 64th), E Opoku, S Nhivi, K Bulaji (O Machapa 58th), R Chitiyo.


Easter Monday: Dongo Sawmill 0-1 Triangle United (Vengere), Chicken Inn 2-0 Whawha (Luveve), Caps United 1-1 Dynamos (NSS SS), Tsholotsho 1-1 Hwange (White City), Chapungu v ZPC Kariba (Ascot), Buffaloes 0-0 Highlanders (Vhengere/Sakubva)

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