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Shooting Stars’ flirtation with the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League came to an end after Caps United striker Clive Kawinga rose from the bench to score the solitary goal which condemned them to Division One at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday.

Shooting Stars, who remained third from the bottom of the log with 27 points, became the third team to go down after Zimbabwe Saints and Kiglon. Saints beat Kiglon 3-0 on Sunday.

Kawinga, who came in for fellow striker Washington Pakamisa nine minutes before halftime, connected a cross from Tapiwa Khumbuyani to score the goal that extinguished Stars’ slim chances of survival.

Shooting Stars coach Tonderai Marume refused to throw in the towel saying his goal was now to help his team regain promotion next season.

“I’m not going to resign,” said Marume when asked if he would continue at Shooting Stars.

“We have an ongoing project and I will remain committed to the team and hopefully we will be back in the Premiership in 2013. It’s unfortunate that it had to end this way because we created a number of good chances which, if we had connected, might have given us a chance, but that’s football for you.”

Caps United assistant coach Joel Lupahla, who saw his team move up two places on the log standings to sixth position, said:

“We are happy to have collected three points, but I must admit that they didn’t come easily. We initially struggled to settle in the first half, but at halftime we had a chat with the players and they responded well in the second half.”

The win, however, did not come easily for Caps United who initially struggled to settle into the game, leading coach Lloyd Chitembwe to make some tactical substitutions in the first half.

However, even after the changes Shooting Stars still looked the hungrier of the two teams although they lacked the cutting edge in attack.

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