32 TheStandard September 14 to 20 2014 Sport TheStandard www.thestandard.co.zw 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.” Page 31 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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