|Green Machine crash|
|Monday, 16 July 2012 11:10|
A BEAUTY of a free-kick, struck with both power and precision with just three minutes of regulation time remaining, handed CAPS United yet another home defeat at the hands of Hwange in a Castle Lager Premiership tie at Gwanzura yesterday.
The goal broke the Green Machine hearts and charmed the souls of the travelling coalminers who played with passion.
Makepekepe stretched their winless run to four games following their 0-1 defeat to pacesetters Highlanders at Barbourfields last weekend and 1-1 stalemates against Black Mambas and Buffaloes.
scoring three minutes before the breather when Zambian, Aaron Katebe, powered home off a corner.
However, Makepekepe drew level a minute after the restart when newboy Leonard Fiyado, playing his first match after completing his move early last week from Gunners, fired home into an empty net after great work by the outstanding Shingi Kawondera.
With the match drawing towards the end, but with the solid Chipangano troubling the CAPS United defence, the visitors plunged a dagger into the Green Machine hearts with a beauty of a free-kick.
And Hwange coach Tennant Chilumba said while he was impressed with his team’s showing, he was clearly not amused by the behaviour, which was displayed by his players, on the pitch.
course, the referee is always right.
“We have been going through a bad patch but will continue working and we are still working on their mindset. We want to collect maximum points again next week.
“Of course, our discipline was not there. I am a disciplined coach and you could see the technical team trying to restrain them. We need players who are disciplined and I was disappointed and will address that,” said Chilumba.
“Fiyado worked hard until the last 20 minutes. It is going to be a long trip (against Hwange) and we are looking forward to that,” said Connor.
Former Dynamos midfielder, Farai Vimisayi, saw his header being saved by goalkeeper Muzvondiwa Gonese early on and, in the 12th minute, Chipeta’s long range shot just missed the target after some sloppy marking by the hosts’ defence.
Four minutes later, midfielder Edmore Chafungamoyo beat an offside trap but, one-on-one with goalkeeper Timothy Sibanda, he failed to make the most of his opportunity.
The CAPS defence, which had a new face in former Hippo Valley defender Blessing Zabulana, who replaced fired skipper David Sengu on the central role, finally gave in a few minutes before half-time.
Dube, had to storm onto the pitch to control the rowdy players. CAPS United later pulled out Fiyado for Evans Gwekwerere and the striker brought some life into the attack but a goal remained elusive and it was the visitors who were rewarded moments later.
The DeMbare fans were partying with the visitors and, luckily, no violence broke out.