Caps United 0
The bosso juggernaut rolled on & showed no signs of slowing down. It was an impressive display by Kevin Kaindu charges & were it not for the officials the margin of victory could have been wider. Highlanders have amassed an incredible 31points from 13 games and remain unbeaten this year.
Kaindu sprung a surprise as he included in his first 11, Lawson Nkomo & Bhekimpilo Ncube. The two were coming from long injury lay offs and well the coach’s tactics were spot on.
We went at Caps from the word go and it wasn’t a surprise when we went into the lead afta just only 10minutes. A nice build up on the left-wing saw a cross flighted by bheki being met by an unmarked Masimba Mambare to nod home. The capacity crowd was up in dance. We continued to press Sean Conor’s men and when Milton hit an overhead kick into the nets eight minutes later, the referee Munyaradzi Majoni and his assistant ruled it out for as yet unclear reasons. A minute later Graham Ncube beat his man and was through on goal when he was brought down in box the referee awarded a goal. It was supposed to be a Bosso penalty. Caps finally arrived 30minutes into the tie when ex bosso player rahman kutsanzira found space on the left to manoeuvre and he got the better of Lawson who earned himself a booking for rough play. The two front men for caps Gwekwerere & Shingi Kawondera never troubled our defence at all.
The second period also belonged to us as we ran rings around the tactiless so called green machine. Munawa, Chikaka & Ozias all came in in the second half as we sought to get that second elusive goal. Munawa found space on the right and his pile driver was turned away for a corner by the alert keeper. Then came another contentious moment which the referee once again failed abysmally to deal with. Bruce Kangwa, Mambare & Chikaka worked the ball exquisitely on the left-flank and the latter had his shot cannon of the bar before Rio headed it into the net. The referee denied. It was a shocking decision to say the least. The boys soldiered on unperturbed. Mambare was booked for tapping the ball into an empty net after an offside call. Lawson escaped a second booking after coming in hard on Rahman. He had his number in the second half and kept him under lock & key. It was a great contest, a memorable match & the fans were fantastic today.
Ariel 8 – was on holiday today. Not threatened at all. The few shots which came his way were smothered.
Lawson 6 – did ok for a first game after such a long time out. Rahman wanted to take him to the cleaners but he bounced back well. He was booked for his troubles.
Kangwa 7- patrolled the left flank with little resistance. Kick feet and deft touches mesmerised the opponents.
Mdzingwa 8 – marked gwekwerere out of the game. Gave him no space whatsoever and he continues to grow in stature. Inno 8 – the captain had Kawondera in his back pocket. Cool & calm defending.
Mthulisi 10 – Man of the Match. He win every ball there was to win in the midfield. His vision & passing are awesome attributes that he possesses.
Rio 8 – the birthday boy had a goal ruled out. He ran himself to a stand still and was excellent all afternoon.
Milton 6 – also had a disallowed goal. We know he can do better coz we have seen him perform. Today was ok but still not at his best game.
Bhekimpilo 8 – the big guy played excellently and was involved in most of our forays up front especially in the first half.
Graham 7 – hustled as àlways & could have scored were he not brought down when through in goal
Mambare 9 – possesses unbelievable blistering pace. His intelligent moves and passes were causing anxious moments for the caps rear guard. He got the all important goal. By Sbue Sibanda ,