Caps United ……………..(1)3
Shooting Stars ……………….0
Caps United goalkeeper Edmore “Zikeeper” Sibanda, once again reaffirmed his status as one of the dangerous dead–ball specialists when he blasted his fifth goal of the season as his team steamrolled past Shooting Stars in a Premier Soccer League match played at Rufaro stadium on Thursday.
The big goalkeeper Sibanda scored in the 24th minute, while other strikes from Pride Tafirenyika in the 73rd minute and Clive Kawinga’s simple tap six minutes later made the Green Machine’s win emphatic.
With the win, Caps United moved to fourth position with 39 points while Shooting Stars remained in the relegation zone, in 13th position with 23 points.
Caps United coach Moses “Bambo” Chunga said the win is a morale–booster for the upcoming Sunday blockbuster against city rivals Dynamos, but warned his team should not be deceived by Thursday’s result.
“It was a good result going into the Sunday derby but it will be a totally different game altogether,” said Chunga.
“The problem with derbies is that they become very tense and players sometimes fail to come out of their shells. I am working with my players on that, for them to come and express themselves.”
Chunga said he will not shed a tear in the event Caps United down his former team Dynamos on Sunday.
“I’m unique, the man all Dynamos people love to hate. I will just do my job, my players don’t want to lose to Dynamos, inasmuch as Dynamos players don’t want to lose to Caps,” said Chunga.
Chunga also had praise for his “special” goalkeeper.
“He is getting better and better, like wine. He is a special player, when the team is in trouble he comes up and bingo, then everyone can relax,” said Bambo.
Shooting Stars coach Lazarus Magaya blamed poor finishing and defending.
“It was bad, we could have scored early in the first half, but Tofireyi Sambo missed one of the best chances of the game. It’s too early to throw in the towel yet, we still have games to play so we are not worried much about relegation,” said Magaya.
Caps United were the first team to settle down, stringing passes together and dominating possession but it was Shooting Stars who almost took the lead in a match that was suspended for 12 minutes in the 54th minute because of a heavy downpour.
Caps dominated and the opener finally came in the 24th minute.
The exciting Tafirenyika was bundled by a defender as he launched an attack.
From some 40 yards out, Sibanda blasted a ferocious kick to beat a bemused Mathew Tafiremutsa.
Tafirenyika then headed home from a corner in the 73rd minute before Kawinga tapped home after a Tafiremutsa blunder six minutes later.