Caps United stun Bosso

Highlanders . . . . . . . 0
Caps United . . . . . . . .(1) 1

BY THANDIWE MOYO

CAPS United put their in-house problems behind them to deliver a stunning blow to Highlanders and their under-pressure coach Bongani Mafu after yesterday’s Premier Soccer League match played at Barbourfields Stadium.

The Green Machine were not sure if they would make the trip to the City of Kings on Friday night due to financial problems, but that was not evident at all as Stephen Makatuka delivered the solitary blow in the 26th minute of a closely-fought contest.

Caps United coach Mark Harrison praised his players for the win.

“We deserved to win the game, make no mistake about that. We should have been three or four-nil at half-time,” Harrison said.

“This is the best crew of players I have worked with in the world. Everything we have been going through in this football club shows the world that the players are phenomenal.

“They have gone through a lot and what they are delivering at the moment is phenomenal.”

After suffering his second defeat at home after losing to Chapungu by the same scoreline, Mafu said: “Goals were not coming for us. We need to get goals; they are not coming at all. We still created opportunities, but without scoring, it’s not going to happen. We need goals.

“I think it’s confidence. We need to have a little bit of composure in front of goal and not to worry too much if we miss. I think the goal took the wind out of our sail and we went out of the way a little bit in the first half, but I must say we played better football in the second half. We conceded a goal which we could have cut off so we need to work on those things.”

Highlanders back-pedalled throughout the match with players failing to combine well and losing a lot of possession in midfield.

In the 26th minute, Highlanders conceded a corner which was well taken by Gerald Phiri with Ariel Sibanda being drawn out to try and clear, leaving the goalmouth unmanned.

Makatuka met the cross with a powerful header which Felix Chindungwe tried to clear, but only assisted in putting it into the nets.

Two minutes later, Highlanders’ Ozias Zibande sent a Bruce Kangwa cross over the bar, while in the 39th minute, Takudzwa Mahori’s effort was saved by Sibanda.
A minute into the second half, Sibanda saved Highlanders from another goal after Kangwa and Teenage Hadebe had failed to clear, leaving the ball in the path of Rodreck Mutuma, but Sibanda threw his body on the line to save at point-blank range.

Highlanders tried to salvage a point in the dying minutes of the game, but even Simon Munawa’s acrobatic kick went wide.

The Bulawayo giants tumbled to seventh position on the log from fourth with 10 points, while Caps United rose to fifth position with 11 points.

Teams

Highlanders: A Sibanda, W Chingodza, S Munawa, O Tarumbwa, B Kangwa, N Masuku, T Hadebe, F Chindungwe, O Zibande (K Nadolo 79th minute), V Ndaba (R Kutsanzira 31st minute), G Nyoni (T Chideu 62nd minute)

Caps United: C Mverechena, H Zvirekwi, G Nyirenda, S Makatuka, R Matova, D Mukandi, M Muchenje, L Fiyado (V Musarurwa 71st minute), R Mutuma, T Mahori (C Machisi 82nd minute), G Phiri (L Tsipa 62nd minute)

7 Comments

  1. The team is doing its best especially in using young players. Its a pity that the club is in such a financial mess when the coarch and players are putting such an effort without without renumeration.

  2. Bosso is too big for Mafu.highlanders must look for a coach with proven track record not a nobody like Mafu.

  3. mukepekepe akazara

    Well done MAKEPEKEPE (players,bulawayo chapter fans and most significantly the briton HARRISON) you did us all proud…..what a wonderful display by the boys. aiwa mururngu akutaura bhora mhani uyu.

    As for our rivals Bosso i think its high time honestly they do something becoz yesterday believe me CAPS should have won by even 4 goals truth be told. Bosso am surprised it can not even pass the ball 3 times in midfield and leaves me thinking that maybe that joked which hit the media circle late yesterday is true.

    Quote of the day “Bosso haina kutrainer week rese ichifunga kuti CAPS haiuye”

  4. True Makepekepe

    Its a combination of a poor coach and poor quality playing personnel. That Bosso will be humiliated very soon. That squad is lightweight and the sooner that people accept that the better.

    The financial situation is working against many clubs. Bosso had their sponsorship cut by BancABC and they owe some of their former players and had to rely on buying out-of-contract players! Am not saying this because CAPS won…..I saw Bosso being outplayed earlier in the Bob @ 91 and felt that this is ‘another Bosso’.

    With stability at CAPS I foresee CAPS clobbering by more than 5 goals the next time these 2 clubs play. Their coach should focus on dealing with what he has on hand rather than showing his dexterity with words (in the press). A 1-0 win against Dongo should have not been celebrated..Bosso is expected to steam-roll past such newcomers.

  5. mukepekepe akazara

    Qoute of the day “Bosso haina kutrainer week rese ichifunga kuty CAPS haiuye”

    job well done HARRISON and your troops

  6. mukepekepe akazara

    guys am very much touched by Bosso’s way of playing even though i am a CAPS fan haaa guys i dont think considering that highlanders have got BANC ABC haa their football is poor honestly they should do something with their coach before its too late. they can not even complete 4 passes in midfield am SHOCKED. its always good to have big teams playing good futbol so that we enjoy watching PSL matches. pliz do something with your team because honestly we could have walloped the Byo giants by even 4 goals i tell you.

    Hezvo madyiwa fair fair chitemai ka maplayer enyu kewtw ana Twaliki.!!!!

  7. bosso do something

    guys am very much touched by Bosso’s way of playing even though i am a CAPS fan haaa guys i dont think considering that highlanders have got BANC ABC haa their football is poor honestly they should do something with their coach before its too late. they can not even complete 4 passes in midfield am SHOCKED. its always good to have big teams playing good futbol so that we enjoy watching PSL matches. pliz do something with your team because honestly we could have walloped the Byo giants by even 4 goals i tell you.

    yours caps supporter

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