DOMINIC Chungwa stretched the lead over his rivals in the race for the Golden Boot after he scored the only goal of the match that helped Caps United see off battling Yadah FC in a Castle Lager Premiership football tie at the National Sports Stadium.
BY TAWANDA TAFIRENYIKA
Caps United . . (1) 1
Yadah FC . . . . . . . 0
With another challenger for the Golden Boot Christian Ntouba Epoupa having missed the Dynamos clash against Bulawayo City due to suspension for accumulating three yellow cards in previous matches, Chungwa took advantage to widen the gap. The forceful Caps United striker has now scored five goals more than his Dynamos rival with only two matches left in the campaign.
After a sluggish start, Chungwa thrust the Green Machine ahead on 10 minutes, profiting from a wonderful delivery from the right by Hardlife Zvirekwi to hit the roof of the net from close range.
The goal gave Caps United confidence as they dominated and launched some dangerous raids into Yadah’s goal area. Phineas Bhamusi could have added a second on 34 minutes after he breached the Yadah defence, but he was brought down by Dennis Dauda as he charged towards goal.
Moments later, Moses Muchenje came close with a low shot.
However, Yadah were a rejuvenated and more organised side in the second half as Caps United coach Lloyd Chitembwe introduced a fresh pair of legs, bringing in Cabby Kamhapa in place of Muchenje and Zvikomberero Biserk who replaced injured defender Stephen Makatuka.
Makatuka was rushed to hospital after sustaining a deep cut following a collision.
Yadah coach Thomas Ruzive then hauled off Leeroy Mavhunga who struggled to impose himself on the match replacing him with Milton Makopa. Chitembwe also responded by introducing Chrispen Machisi for Chungwa and it nearly paid dividends later on as John Zhuwawo watched in disappointment his header crashing against the upright post.
Yadah also kept probing hoping to secure a share of the spoils with Munyaradzi Chiwara and Moses Demera coming close in the closing stages. With the victory Caps United enhanced their chances of a top-four finish as they took their points tally to 56, four behind fourth-placed Chicken Inn.
The win also meant that Caps United have not lost in their last 12 matches and will be hoping to continue with their fine form in the remaining two matches of the campaign.
On the other hand, Yadah appear safe from relegation despite the defeat as they remain on 37 points, while Harare City and Bulawayo City who also lost their respective matches remain on 35 points.
Four teams will be relegated at the end of the campaign and Bantu Rovers are already relegated.
Caps United: P Chigumba, K Nyamupfukudza, G Goriyathi, C Munzabwa, S Makatuka, (Z Biserk 51), D Chafa (C Kamhapa 51), M Muchenje, H Zvirekwi, P Bhamusi, J Zhuwawo, D Chungwa (C Machisi 78)
Yadah FC: S Mafukidze, M Nyenye, A Makopa, D Dauda, B Mapfumo, W Kalongoda, W Kamudyariwa, L Mavhunga (M Makopa 64), M Musiyakuvi, M Demera, M Chiwara