Caps United (0) 1
Al Hilal (2) 3
(Al Hilal of Sudan qualify 8-1 on goal aggregate)
Zimbabwe’s Caf Confederations Cup representatives Caps United were shamelessly humiliated by visiting Al Hilal of Sudan as they bowed out of the competition at Rufaro Stadium yesterday.
The 2004 and 2005 champions’ defeat was a bitter pill to swallow after the country’s other representatives Dynamos were beaten 1-0 by Tunisian giants Esperance in controversial circumstances in Tunis on Saturday.
Dynamos, who are still to collect any points in the African Champions League mini-league stage, now face the prospects of being booted out of the competition.
Midfielder Oussama Darragi’s converted penalty gave the 1994 champions six points from their first two games in the group stage.
The Elvis Chiweshe-coached side will clash against Algerian side Setif Entente in their next assignment during the weekend of August 13-15.
While Dynamos’ defeat was rather honourable taking into consideration they were playing away, their city rivals decided to further humiliate the country and the local game.
Caps’ loss will go down as one of the heaviest defeat by a Zimbabwean side on the African Safari.
Winger Mohamed Ahmed opened the scoresheet for the visitors in the 10th minute before striker Mudather Eltaib raced away from Danger Fourpence to score the second four minutes later, giving the visitors a 2-0 lead at half-time.
Al Hilal captain Hytham Mustafa then hammered the final nail in the Caps coffin in the 76th minute before the hosts’ defender Douglas Walaza, who played as a striker in the second half scored the consolation goal on the stroke of full time.
Coach Lloyd Chitembwe paraded six new signings to their fans before the start of yesterday’s game but it did not stop them from a home drubbing.
Former Warriors midfielder Joel Lupahla, Striker Clive Kawinga, midfield dynamo Steven Alimenda and the Lengthens trio of Ndumiso Nkanye, Graham Ncube and Godknows Mungani will be part of the Caps cast.
United started on a bright note but the Sudanese quickly seized control of the match with some long incisive passes. Al Hilal found the opener when goalkeeper Edmore Sibanda reacted slowly in clearing the ball leaving Ahmed to race clear and score in an empty net.
Young defender Ronald Sengu could have restored parity three minutes later but he shot over the bar in the Al Hilal penalty box. Caps were punished for that missed chance a minute later when Fourpence failed to deal with a routine clearance which allowed Eltaib to score the second goal for the visitors.
In the second half, Chitembwe tasked defender Walaza with finding the goals up-front and he did not disappoint as he gave the Hilal ’keeper Alumez Magoub a busier second half.
Any hopes of a come-back were quickly dashed 24 minutes from time when the hosts’ defence briefly went to sleep and allowed Mudather to send a cross to Mustafa, who made no mistake with only the keeper to beat.
Chitembwe said: “We were not focusing too much on the result which is why we gave most of the players a chance to prove what they are made of. I hope the new signings will inject some life into the team.”
His opposite number Micho Sredovic said he was impressed by his team despite missing five players.
“We had five players who didn’t feature including Edward Sadomba but we still managed to win because we have a quality side and our tactics were to absorb the pressure and hit Caps on the counter attack and they just couldn’t contain us,” said Sredovic.
Caps United: E Sibanda, N Mukumbi (Capt), P Tafirenyika, T Nyamadzawo (B Mazorodze 45), Danger Fourpence, R Sengu (Samaneka 66), Yves Ebabali, V Nzombe, G Mapemba, T Goredema, D Walaza
Al Hilal: A Magoub, H Mustafa, S Ali, K Ahmed, K Ahmed, O Mohamed, A Yousif, S Abutalib, M Ahmed (N Eltayeb 76), O Ali (S Abdalla 81), M Taher (A Adel 68)