Caps United…………..(2) 3
Caps United continued their resurgence under Moses “Bambo” Chunga with a comprehensive victory over FC Victoria at Rufaro yesterday to secure their fourth consecutive victory in the Premiership.
The hosts opened the scoring through goalkeeper Edmore Sibanda with a deflected a free kick in the 13th minute, rejuvenated midfielder Pride Tafirenyika fired in the second 20 minutes later to give the home side a 2-0 lead at halftime.
Douglas Walaza sealed the three points for Caps United with three minutes before the end as Caps United scored three goals for the first time since May when they beat Highlander 3-1.
The win moved Caps United into sixth place with 24 points while troubled FC Victoria remained in 15th position.
The game also witnessed the return of Leonard Tsipa who received a standing ovation after coming on as a late second half substitute although it was too late for his impact to be felt.
Although the home side was not wearing the traditional green kit, opting for gold jerseys, there were no complaints after the match as the fans were in song and dance in celebration of yet another three points.
After the match Chunga said: “The FC Victoria coach (Wilson Chinosengwa) had insulted us by implying that our win in Masvingo last week was a fluke, so I wanted to discipline him.
“I’m happy with the determined performance of my players; they are now slowly regaining confidence and I hope they will continue playing well,” added Chunga.
Tafirenyika said after the match: “It was first goal in the league for Caps United since I joined them at the beginning of the season. I am regaining my confidence after spending months on the bench.”
Chinosengwa admitted that Caps United were the better side but said they would continue to work hard to avoid relegation.
The Masvingo based side looks almost certain to be relegated from the unbranded premier league together with Bantu Rovers if they don’t pull their act together soon.
Although FC Victoria to clawed their way back into the game after a double substitution which bought in Tichaona Zvandasara and Josiah Machekecheke for Walter Mukanga and Kudzanayi Kwashi, they were let down by poor shooting.
Caps United did not take long to settle as Tafirenyika and Luphahla took control of the midfield battle with a combination of some quick incisive passing and speed to break down the visitor’s defence.
In one such attack, Last Chibwiro was sent through by Tafirenyika but the former Lengthens striker held on to the ball for too long before being fouled by Tafadzwa Mazuze just outside the penalty area.
Giant goalkeeper Sibanda stepped up to take the set piece and he did not disssapoint as his fierce drive deflected from the wall into the top left corner to send the Caps United fans into celebration.
Tafirenyika however stole the hearts of the Caps United fans with a ferocious shot from outside the box in the 33th minute which left many fans wondering why he was warming the substitute’s bench during Lloyd Chitembwe’s reign.
In the second half Caps United started playing to the gallery and deservedly so as they were comfortably in the lead.
Fullback Walaza destroyed any hopes of a FC Victoria dramatic comeback with a shot from an acute angle with two minutes before the end after the FC Victoria defence failed to deal with a loose ball after a corner.
Caps United: E Sibanda, N Khanye, D Fourpence, D Walaza, S Alimenda, P Tafirenyika, L Chibwiro (L Tsipa 88th min), J Luphahla, D Sengu, R Sengu (M Samaneka 70th min), C Kawinga (V Nzombe 70th min)
FC Victoria: B Mukute, P Makuvise, E Mawine, W Mukanga (J Machekeche 60th min), M Mucheni (A Rupanga 75th min), R Chipangura, T Mazuze, P Chigara, S Sheshe, P Sinamai, K Kwashi (T Zvandasara 60th min)