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Caps United edge Harare City

As Dyanmos drop points and Highlanders thumped


Scored Caps United's winner on Sunday ... Ronald Pfumbidzai

09/04/2017 00:00:00
by UK Bureau
 
Dynamos coach Lloyd Mutasa
 
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DEFENDING champions CAPS United claimed all three points in their premiership tie Sunday as rivals Dynamos dropped points while and Highlanders came away with nothing from their trip to Zvishavane.

Lloyd Chutembwe’s United took the lead against Harare City through Tafadzwa Rusike at the National Sports Stadium; Jerry Chipangura levelled for City meaning United needed a late strike by Ronald Pfumbidzai to claim all three points.

Speaking after the game Chitembwe said; “(Winning at home) it’s a great feeling.

“It’s good to continue with the good work but obviously, the challenge is still huge. We still have more than 15 or so games to play at home.

“That’s the challenge, we want to continue with the good work. But it’s never going to be easy. There is great character within the group and that’s the mark of greatness in the team.”

City coach Mike Madzivanyika said his charges gifted United the three points.

“We lacked concentration … We took too long to organise in defence and allowed the opponents to score. I think if we had put in a little bit extra into this game the result would have been different,” he said.

United’s bitter rivals Dynamos dropped points away at Triangle in a disappointing result after they lost their opening game of the season.

Dynamos struck early in the first half through Quality Kangadze before Emmanuel Mandiranga made it 2-0 in the second half.

Dynamos held

However, the home side hit back in the 64th minute through Nhamo Lameck before goalkeeper Ronald Mudimu converted a penalty in the 77th minute to ensure a share of the spoils.

Dynamos coach Lloyd Mutasa was duly disappointed with the result.

“We should have buried the game early in the first half when we dominated them and lapses of concentration from my boys cost us all the three points,” he said.

Elsewhere, Highlanders were beaten 0-1 by Shabanie Mine in Zvishavane.

The home side scored the all-important goal in the 77th minute and held on for the maximum points.

Speaking after the game Shabanie coach Wilson Mutekede said; “I’m happy that we managed to get four points in our opening two games.

“We had a good game, especially in the first half where we could have buried about four chances, but we were wasteful.



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“Second half we had to calm the boys’ nerves, with the turning point being when Highlanders were given a red card. At that point, the game evened up and the boys began to believe that we could win the game and we got the goal.”

In other weekend games Bulawayo City Rahman Gumbo’s Chicken Inn 2-1 at Barbourfields on Saturday.





 
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