Ronald Pfumbidzai rescued league champions Caps United as they grab their first win in the castle lager premiership against arch rivals Harare City at the national sports stadium on Sunday. In a match that started slowly with the only visible chances coming from Abasi Amidu in the 27th minute for Makepekepe.
The introduction of Joel Ngodzo and Tafadzwa Rusike fired up the Caps United attack to cause stream of inconveniences to the City defence. With 51 minutes of play, the mobile Rusike produced a thorough finish to get the better of Harare City goal minder Nyamupadengu to give Makepekepe the lead.
Joel Ngodzo was shown red by referee Norman Matemera to leave early after he was involved in a tussle against City’s James Jam with a quota of an hour to play.
The numerically disadvantaged United could not sustain the lead after City’s substitute Jerry Chipangura’s 82nd minute shot was deflected to find the better of Jorum Muchambo who had come in goals for the injured Edmore Sibanda.
The celebrations did not last long before Cabby Kamhapa’s free kick found Dennis Dauda’s head who directed it in behind the City defence line for Ronald Pfumbidzai to grab a late winner.
Caps United coach Lloyd Chitembwe said that he was pleased with his side’s performance though citing that there is a huge task ahead in the premiership campaign and that it won’t be easy. Chitembwe said that it was a mark of greatness that his team managed to grab win under such stiff conditions.
The Sunshine boys coach Madzivanyika was disappointed sides failure to hold on to t least a point against the champions. He blamed lack of concentration in the last minutes of the game to defend well and little bit of effort would have made a difference.
Harare City now has point from two games after last week’s draw against premiership new comers Yadah Stars whilst Caps United are at four from two games after playing a nil all draw against in form Shabanie Mine.
In other matches Nelson Maziwiza stole the show at the Barbourfields for a late winner for Chinda Boys to earn Shabanie maximum points against Highlanders whilst Dynamos shared a point each with Triangle after a 2 all draw at Gibbo Stadium. Chicken Inn lost 2-1 to Bulawayo City at Luveve whilst Ngezi slaughtered Hwange 3-0 at the Colliery.