A SECOND half goal by John Zhuwawu was enough to give champions Caps United another Castle Lager Premier Soccer League win in a match played at the Colliery yesterday.
HWANGE . . . . . . . . . . 0
CAPS UNITED . . . .(0) 1
BY Tinashe Mungazi
With the victory, Caps United climbed one place up the ladder to sixth on the table, while they compounded Hwange’s relegation woes, as the Bigboy Mawiwi-coached side stayed stuck in the murky waters of the drop zone.
Zhuwawu’s 73rd minute goal was enough to douse the fiery coals of Hwange.
The Caps United forward found the target with a header following a cross by captain Hardlife Zvirekwi.
The coalminers, who dominated play during the first half, could have scored first in the 26th minute through Nathan Ziwini.
However, his shot beat goalkeeper Jorum Muchambo before it crashed against the post, rolling agonisingly along the goal line and then out of play.
Prior to that, Derrick Murimba had tested Muchambo, who managed to fist the ball to safety.
Crybert Muvuti danced his way past a cluster of defenders, but his shooting let him down as Hwange searched for the opener.
Having failed to produce a goal with their dominance, they were to rue those missed chances as Caps United returned a different side in the second half.
KepeKepe striker Dominic Chungwa had a shot saved by Hwange goalkeeper Taimon Mvula seven minutes after the break.
Eleven minutes later, Zvirekwi tried to replicate Chungwa’s effort, but was dispossessed of the ball before he could fire.
Zhuwawu then settled the Caps United faithful’s nerves with the goal.
Final-minute attempts by Hwange to deny a formidable Green Machine another goal, while pressing for an equaliser, were in vain.
Mawiwi was upset with the way his team conceded the goal.
“I can’t believe how we conceded a soft goal like that. I don’t know what really happened,” he said.
“Indeed, we desperately needed those three points. The boys knew that very well. What lacked was communication as we wasted several chances at goal.”