Black Mambas hold CAPS United
By Grace Chingoma
CAPS United ……………………………(1) 1
Black Mambas ………………………….(0) 1
SOME heroic saves from goalkeeper Edmore “Zikeeper” Sibanda were not good enough for CAPS United to claim maximum points in this Castle Lager Premiership soccer match at Rufaro as a section of the home team’s fans once again turned on coach Moses Chunga and called for his head.
The draw saw Makepekepe completing the Easter bumper programme with one point after losing 2-0 to newboys Blue Ribbon on Thursday. This is the reality for the former champions who began the season on song winning with high margins.
CAPS United are now on second position with 10 points and are behind surprise leaders Chicken Inn who have 13 points.
Although CAPS United were the first to score in the 38th minute through Pride Tafirenyika’s diving header off a delivery from striker Simba Sithole, the day belonged to Black Mambas who could have wrapped up the match before the half-hour mark.
However, the police outfit – who missed chance after chance as if on cue finally got it right and made sure they would not go home empty-handed when striker Oudience Rundofa struck the equaliser in the 84th minute.
The goal broke the hearts of Makepekepe who had survived an onslaught from Warumwa Warumwa with their giant goalkeeper Edmore Sibanda making some top-of-the-drawer saves. Sibanda was later injured and was replaced by former Lengthens goalkeeper Muzvondiwa Gonese.
But the damage had been done and Mambas, who have a single win against Zimbabwe Saints this season, had at least something in the bag.After the match, a group of CAPS United fans shouted and waved at Chunga and were baying for his blood, checking every car leaving the Rufaro VVIP parking area as they intended to mete out instant justice on him.
But CAPS United director Farai Jere blasted these fans and said Chunga was at the club to stay.
“We cannot blame him (for the draw). He is here to stay. This group of supporters should respect us, the technical team and everyone at the club. We cannot progress with this kind of attitude. The team has 10 points out of a possible 15 and saying the coach should go is not right.
“But it is not everyone, it is just a group of individuals who do not like Bambo and were waiting for this opportunity. But what is the purpose of playing football if you should not lose matches.
“Chunga is not going to FC Platinum. There has been that speculation even before the death of their coach. But if they continue with this behaviour it is going to be difficult for the coach to deliver because he will be under pressure,” said Jere.
While the Makepekepe supporters would like to blame the gaffer, CAPS United, who had survived early raids from Mambas, also missed some clear-cut chances in the second period with substitute Joel Lupahla failing to bury the visitors. Charles Chiutsa was also denied by Mambas ‘keeper Didymus Chakabva.
And after surviving the CAPS United attack, Mambas came charging and substitute Peter Ndlovu showed that he still has a bit of a touch. The last 15 minutes saw the visitors raiding CAPS United’s area with Abbas Amidu and Rundofa causing all sorts of problems for the home side and minutes later they were duly rewarded with a goal.
After the match Chunga blamed his team for losing the steam which they began the season with.”We were not aggressive. Our attitude has changed. We are winning games before playing them and there is no fighting spirit at all,” said Chunga. Black Mambas coach John “Toto” Ncube said it was rather two points lost than a point picked.
“We were supposed to win this game. The finishing was a problem. We were creating a lot of chances but failing to score. We will continue working on it. And Peter Ndlovu, who is now playing more often, has improved and his experience should come in handy upfront,” said Ncube.
CAPS United: E. Sibanda(M. Gonese 89th minute), N. Mukumbi, L. Simango, D. Walaza, A. Chivheya, S. Alimenda, C. Chiutsa, P. Tafirenyika, N. Mkwezaramba(J. Lupahla 53rd minute), E. Gwekwerere(D.Rediyoni 83rd minute), S. Sithole.
Black Mambas: D. Chakabva, G. Chikweva, A. Musasa, B. Nyahunzvi, L. Kaisa, I. Nyoni, S. Masasa(K. chimbadzwa 77th minute), F. Ncube(P. Ndlovu 62nd minute), P. Kabwe, A. Amidu, O. Rundofa.