Caps fans bay for Chunga’s blood


Caps United . . . . . . .(1) 1
Black Mambas . . . . (0) 1

A militant section of Caps United supporters ran amok Sunday and had to be dispersed by the police as they demanded the immediate sack of coach Moses Chunga following their team’s lifeless performance against a well-organised Black Mambas side in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match played at Rufaro stadium.

The impatient mob shouted obscenities and cordoned the exit point to the stadium, baying for Chunga’s blood.

After a disappointing show on Thursday which saw the early pacesetters going down to Blue Ribbon, the supporters could not take it as they watched their team producing yet another inert performance.

A visibly depressed Chunga, who has been linked with a possible move to FC Platinum to replace deceased coach Benjamin Moyo would not reveal his future plans but gave the biggest hint that he might as well throw in the towel.

“Let be bygones be bygones and let’s respect the dead. But I will have to seriously think about this. The next few days will be crucial,” said Chunga when he was asked about his future at the club.

Caps might have snatched a point, but on reflection they should count themselves lucky as they struggled in the game, with the midfield quartet of Stephen Alimenda, Charles Chiutsa, Pride Tafirenyika and Norest Mkwezaramba failing to impose themselves.

Had it not been for the heroics of goalkeeper Edmore Sibanda, who came in with some crucial saves before limping off with a injury on the stroke of full time, Caps United could have been humiliated. Mambas controlled proceedings with some incisive passing, but were undone by failure to perform the basics in front of goal, however much they rue their wasted chances.

The police outfit had eight clear-cut chances in the first stanza with Abbasi Amidu, Fortune Ncube, Protash Kabwe, Masasa Shingirai and Audience Rundofa either denied by Sibanda or shot wide.

However, it was Caps United who went ahead in the 38th minute when one of their rare forays upfront ended up in the back of the net.

Top goalscorer Simba Sithole got to the end of a long ball from the back and from his cross on the right, Pride Tafinrenyika headed home to send Caps fans into delirium.

The scoreline however took on a resemblance of the balance of power in the game in the 86th minute when Rundofa sliced the ball past Sibanda from Kabwe’s inviting cross on the right.

Caps United moved to second position on the log with 10 points, dislodging Blue Ribbon who were beaten 1–0 by Zimbabwe Saints while Chicken Inn assumed the pole position after an emphatic 4–1 win over struggling Shooting Stars to take their points tally to 13 from five games.

Mambas moved one step up the ladder into 12th position with four points.