Shabanie Mine . . . . (1) 3
Caps United (0) . . . . . . 1
CAPS United coach Taurai Mangwiro threw in the towel yesterday after his side was thumped 3-1 by an on fire 10-men Shabanie Mine in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match played at Maglas Stadium yesterday.
A visibly frustrated Mangwiro announced his resignation from the helm of the Harare giants to journalists soon after the match, accusing some elements in the Caps United executive of throwing spanners into his works.
The 43-year-old gaffer joined Caps United from Monomotapa last season and had managed to transform the fading Harare giants from a team that finished last season on number nine to a team that was challenging for top honours for much of this season.
Mangwiro, who also revealed that he did not have a binding contract with Caps United, said he felt his decision to leave the club was in the best interest of the team as his stay would have seen yet another run of poor results.
“I think I have done the best for the club and it is time for me to move on. Let them bring in someone they feel is the right person for the job. I did my bit and for me it ends here.
“It is unfortunate that I have to make this announcement through the media before communicating with the relevant authorities, but since there was nothing binding between me and them I think it is appropriate that I say goodbye in this manner.
“There are a lot of squabbles at the club which I feel affected my work and I was the biggest loser at the end of the day. I don’t see the team winning if I stay and it is in the best interest of team that I leave,” he said.
Mangwiro added that he was not getting enough support from the
executive running affairs at the club which has not been paying its players for the past three months.
“It’s not a secret that there is a lot happening behind the scenes. There is a lot of sabotage and if people want you out they will make sure you go.
“I was virtually running the club with no support from the executive and that made my work difficult. My players will understand that if I stay it will be bad for the club,” lamented Mangwiro.
As news of Mangwiro’s resignation started filtering in some Caps United faithfuls stayed behind after the match and tried to convince Mangwiro to reverse his decision, but the gaffer stuck to his guns.
Club president Twine Phiri said Mangwiro had not yet communicated with the club and it would be difficult for him to comment.
Back on the field, Shabanie Mine had humbled Caps United courtesy of a brace by Pervington Zimunya in the 40th and 64th minute, and Caleb Masocha’s 66th minute header.
Caps United got their face-saver from second half substitute Moses Muchenje, who converted from the spot in the 80th minute.
The two sides struggled to get into the groove in the early stages of the game with the opening 10 minutes characterised by long balls and lack of cohesion.
Caps were first to attack in the 13th minute with Leonard Fiyado and Nyamandwe combining well, but Fiyado shot tamely towards goal for goalkeeper Victor Twaliki to easily collect.
Shabanie Mine woke up from their slumber moments later with midfielder Valentine Ndaba, who was impressive all afternoon, the driving force for the home side.
Shabanie surged ahead when Caps United centre-half Arnold Chivheya handled in the box under challenge from Tarisai Rukanda and referee Masakadza Makonese was close to the action to rightfully award Shabanie Mine a penalty.
Zimunya, who is yet to miss a penalty in Shabanie Mine colours, stepped up and made no mistake sending Tafadzwa Dube the wrong way to put the Zvishavane side ahead.
Zimunya returned to haunt the visitors after the breather with a 64th minute first time volley from the edge of the box which Dube fumbled and watched in agony as it trickled into the back of the net.
Just before Caps could settle, Masocha hit the final nail into the Caps United coffin after capitalising on a botched offside trap by the visitors’ defence to nod home past an outdrawn Dube.
The Harare giants got their consolation when Benson Maglas was brought down in the box by William Ngonya and Muchenje made no mistake sending Twaliki the wrong side from the spot.