Tobias Mandoreba in HWANGE
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CAPS United . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (0)1DEFENDING champions CAPS United yesterday maintained their good run after striker John Zhuwawu headed home a second half goal to hand them maximum points at the Colliery yesterday.
The Green Machine, who were still basking from their Derby victory over bitter rivals Dynamos, turned on another solid performance yesterday to continue with their impressive run which has now seen them rising from the bottom half of the table into sixth place.
Zhuwawo’s 73rd minute strike, which was his fourth goal for Makepekepe, left relegation-threatened Hwange running short of oxygen in their quest to survive the dreaded chop at the end of the season. What made the pill bitter to swallow for the passionate coalminers’ fans was the fact that their side gave as much as they got and probably didn’t deserve a loss.
“We wasted so many chances only to concede a goal in such a silly manner from a throw in,’’ said Hwange coach Bigboy Mawiwi. “There is need for a concerted effort from everyone who is linked to the team to also come aboard and address these youngsters one day. This is unbelievable.”
The coalminers had started the match with a spring in their step while CAPS United who had a slow start into the game.
After only five minutes a Hwange attack from the left orchestrated by Crybert Muvuti saw Shepherd Gadzikwa latching onto a loose ball in the CAPS United box but he disappointed by shooting wide with goalkeeper Jorum Muchambo to beat.
In the 26th minute, midfielder Nathan Ziwini held his head in disbelief when his volley hit the right upright and rolled along the goal line and out of play.
CAPS United’s only attempt at goal in this half came on the half hour mark after Hardlife Zvirekwi sent in a teasing cross which was wasted by Crispen Machisi. Makepekepe were a better side after the break with some lovely attacks from the right wing revolving around Machisi and Zvirekwi.
Zvirekwi and Dominic Chungwa drew some good saves from Hwange goalkeeper Taimon Mvula before Zhuwawu, probably the best rookie in the Premiership this year, scored the winner. A long throw in by captain Zvirekwi eluded the Hwange defence who were guilty of ball watching as they allowed Zhuwawu to head home unmarked to seal Hwange’s fate.
“We thank God for this,’’ said CAPS assistant coach Fungai Tostao Kwashi.
Hwange: T Mvula; C Dicksen; G Ndlovu; O Moyo; M Mekiwa; A Tshuma; N Ziwini ( A Banda 82nd min); C Muleya; S Gadzikwa; D Murimba ( R Chuma 71st min); C Muvuti ( T Matr 68th min)
CAPS United: J Muchambo (P Chigumba 60th min); V Musarurwa; K Nyamufukudza; G Goriyati; S Makatuka; D Chafa; M Muchenje ( C Kamhapa 46th min); H Zvirekwi; C Machisi; J Zhuwawo ( J Ngodzo 77th min); D Chungwa.