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32 The Standard September 14 to 20 2014

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Dinyero elated

“I am happy with the performance

of the team and

that we progressed. The attitude

of the players was

wrong earlier on as they

were underrating the opponents

but they later on

played well.”

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CAPS United

crumble at

Mandava again

FROM MUKUDZEI CHINGWERE IN

ZVISHAVANE

FC Platinum… (1) 1

CAPS United 0

CAPS United defender

George Nyirenda beat

his side’s two goalkeepers

in as many weekends

after fooling Tafadzwa

Dube yesterday at Mandava

against similar opposition, to

hand FC Platinum passage into

the Chibuku Super Cup semifinals.

As CAPS tried to erase grim

memories of the previous weekend’s

ZNA Charity Shield 6-0 disgrace

by the same side in which

Nyirenda scored past his own

goalie Jorum Muchambo, the

centre back once again pounced

against his side and this time it

was the decider.

United showed intent to revenge

but the early goal was a big blow,

with coach Taurai Mangwiro attributing

the defeat to the Malawi

international’s error.

“We were just careless in the

manner we conceded that goal.

Today we started off well and we

looked more likely to win, but we

failed to avoid the goal. We only

had two scares, the goal and that

chance that hit the bar,” said Mangwiro.

With the victory, winning coach

Norman Mapeza sealed his arrival

at Mandava where he is slowly

establishing a fortress.

The former Galatasaray midfield

hardman commended his

charges for getting the better of

CAPS once again but admitted

that his opponents had done their

homework to make up for that

half a dozen goal harvest.

“I am happy we won the game

but today they did their homework

and history does not usually

repeat itself in football. It is still

too early to talk about winning

the Cup and even going to the final.

We will talk about that when

we get there,” he said.

It took 13 minutes for the hosts’

Zambian forward Obrey Chirwa

to present his credentials as the

biggest threat in the platinum

miners’ final third.

Under-pressure Nyirenda turned

Chirwa’s cross into his own net following

an intelligent solo run from

the centre line by the striker.

With the Zambian responsible

for Nyirenda’s howler, he threatened

to again torment CAPS like

he did in the 6-0 win in which he

grabbed a hat-trick.

Eight minutes later, pure platinum

play threatened to run over

their opponents but Tarisai Rukanda

was denied by the cross bar.

Chirwa then fired at goal but his

shot was scrambled away by a desperate

Dube following a brilliant

turn and shoot.

Five minutes before the breather,

CAPS nearly reduced arrears

but Gerald Phiri’s effort was

cleared on the goal line by Raphael

Muduviwa with Dynamos goalkeeper

target Petros Mhari in goal

a beaten man.

Ten minutes after the restart,

Pervington Zimunya fluffed another

chance for an equaliser

when he blew his effort over the

bar.

Mapeza’s charges survived a

few minutes of CAPS’ dominance

with Phiri and Leonard Fiyado

coming close.

Dube proved that he deserves

top billing when he ably repelled a

Elvis Moyo free kick late into the

CAPS United defender George Nyirenda challenges FC Platinum’s Benjamin Marere for the ball at Mandava Stadium yesterday.

Picture: Nelson Chekera.

game.

Chirwa’s injury-inspired substitution

reduced FC Platinum’s

attacking verve.

Mapeza seemed to be intent on

sitting back and protecting the

lead when he brought in Thabani

Kamusoko and Aaron Katebe to

protect the defense.

Kamusoko’s introduction proved

masterstroke as he combined well

with Simon Shoko to boss the midfield

where they starved CAPS of

clean supplies to their front runners.

Chibuku Super Cup: Kaindu faces stern test

BY MICHAEL MADYIRA

HIGHLANDERS coach Kelvin

Kaindu must be feeling relieved

that he is not facing Dynamos

this afternoon.

Bosso cross swords today with

How Mine in a Chibuku Super

Cup quarterfinal match at Hartsfield.

Still smarting from last weekend’s

4-1 demolition by Dynamos

in a TM Pick n Pay Challenge

Cup, Highlanders have something

to divert attention from

that embarrassment.

The defeat by Dynamos sparked

outrage from Bosso fans and

claimed the scalp of captain Innocent

Mapuranga who has since

been replaced by Ariel Sibanda.

It also led to a two-week suspension

of striker Njabulo Ncube

while fellow forward Charles

Sibanda and linkman Joel Ngodzo

are now sitting on final warnings

for indiscipline.

How Mine could therefore provide

relief for Kaindu. But a loss

to the gold miners could ring the

death knell on Kaindu’s reign as

Bosso coach.

“On the Dynamos loss, these

are the kind of results that are

there. What is important now

is how you focus on the next

match,” said Kaindu.

“A derby is tricky and especially

that this is a Cup game. There

has to be a winner and we hope

we will be the better side.”

Kaindu is not mourning the

absence of suspended Ncube

who is yet to score since his July

return to Bosso.

“Every player in our team

is important. There are others

who can come in for Njabulo and

it will be their opportunity to

claim their stake in the team,”

he said.

Pre-match tension has already

characterise the match with How

Mine being barred from training

at the match venue.

The goal miners’ coach Luke

Masomere says “cheap politics”

was at play to frustrate them

ahead of the game.

Masomere claims they were

denied entry into Hartsfield on

Tuesday before they trained on

the stadium’s B field.

He also said he agreed with

Highlanders that on Wednesday

they would train at the main arena

in the morning before Bosso

work-out in the afternoon but

they were again denied entry.

According to Masomere, the

same story occurred on Thursday

before they were completely

locked out on Friday when they

were not allowed to even train on

the B field.

The stadium does not even

belong to Highlanders but we are

undeterred by the cheap politics.

It is actually confusion,” said

Masomere.

“Apart from all those frustrations,

we are ready for them. Morale

is high in our camp and we

are not under pressure.”

It would be Masomere’s third

game in charge after recording a

loss and a win so far.

The coach welcomes on his

side Menard Mupera from a

long-term injury while Timothy

January and Nhasha Mukumbi

are out injured together with

teenage goalkeeper Donovan

Bernard who has a huge grassburn

on his thigh.

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