Caps United………………..(0) 1
Moses “Bambo” Chunga’s winning streak continued when his Caps United team laboured to a one-nil win over 10-man Douglas Warriors in a controversial Premier Soccer League (PSL) match played at Gwanzura stadium Wednesday.
Caps United captain Nyasha Mukumbi headed home the all-important goal in the 48th minute in a match where Douglas Warriors captain Tawanda Muparati and coach Beaven Gwamure were given their marching orders.
Caps moved to fourth on the PSL log standings with 28 points, the same number of points as fifth-placed Gunners.
Bambo, who has made it four out of four in the league since taking over from Lloyd Chitembwe, was pleased by his charges’ performance.
“At the end of the day after some hard work, it’s satisfying to get the three points,” said Chunga.
“The most important thing is we are enjoying ourselves and we are grinding out results.
If you win 5 nil you get three points and again if you win 1-nil you get three points so I am happy” said Chunga.
Chunga however blamed fatigue for his team’s dull performance especially in the first half.
Said Chunga: “The cup game took its toll especially in the first half, we didn’t play well.”
Caps United played Highlanders in a Zaoga Jubilee Charity Shield soccer game in Bulawayo on Sunday.
Gwamure blamed referee Nomore Musundire’s “bad officiating” for his side’s downfall.
“He (Musundire) is one of the most biased referees I know,” said Gwamure. “We fought hard but only to be pulled down by the referee. If big teams are pushed up and are made to win by the officials. We might as well have two leagues for the big teams and the small teams.
“I don’t even know why he sent me and Tawanda away. He did everything to frustrate my team. We played better than Caps even after the red card but the ref won the match for Caps,” added Gwamure.
The match started at a slow pace with the two teams pumping balls aimlessly at each other.
The only highlight of the first half came on the 34th minute when Musundire red-carded Muparati before sending Gwamure to the stands six minutes later for continuously remonstrating at the fourth official for the booking.
Muparati went for a 50-50 challenge with Mukumbi who dramatically fell down and the referee was not hesitant to issue a straight red card, much to the chagrin of the Douglas Warriors bench.
Caps United came out of the dressing room a more determined team with the exciting Marvel Samaneka reveling in the space afforded to him by the opposition’s one-man disadvantage.
Their dominance was converted into a goal when Mukumbi rose unmarked in the box to nod home a Joel Luphahla corner kick.
Wasteful Caps striker, Last Chibwiro, almost scored the second goal in the 72nd minute when he was fed by substitute Leonard Tsipa but crashed his effort against the bar.
Douglas Warriors should feel hard done by referee Musundire who waved on two handball incidents by Caps United defenders in their penalty box.
Mukumbi was the first culprit after he punched the ball away under pressure from striker Lot Chiwunga in the 79th minute.
Four minutes later, defender Ndumiso Khanye blocked Raphel Manuvire’s free kick using his right hand but the referee surprisingly waved play on.
Douglas Warriors: L Makwavarara, T Petros, B Hatidane, M Kurewa (N Murisa 57thmin), A Kazembe, T Muparati, R Manuvire, L Chiwunga, P Chidawaya, M Mine (T Mwarura 57mins), S Karinda.
Caps United: E Sibanda, S Alimenda, F Adu, L Chibwiro (C Denias 84th min), N Khanye, J Luphahla, G Mapemba, N Mukumbi, M Samaneka (L Tsipa 60th min), P Tafirenyika, D Walaza.