Takudzwa Chitsiga Harare Bureau
Caps United 3-0 How Mine
BUSTLING striker Dominic Chungwa finally remembered how to score when he fired a rare hat-trick as resurgent Caps United continued with their fine deserved Castle Lager Premier Soccer League triumph over How Mine at the National Sports Stadium yesterday.
Chungwa struck in the 56th, 75th and 88th minutes as Caps United kept up their fight with Triangle for a fourth place finish and took their points tally to 42, one behind Triangle who were held by Chapungu at Ascot.
It was sweet victory for Lloyd Chitembwe’s side who had earlier on donated three points to the same opponents through a walkover when they were still under the guidance of Mark Harrison.
The Harare giants were in good form as they showed their intention from the onset as man of the moment Joel Ngodzo drew the best out of How Mine’s Young Warriors goalkeeper Donovan Bernard.
Ngodzo had a fine afternoon again combining well with man of the match Hardlife Zvirekwi and Dominic Mukandi.
The visitors had their moments of brilliance as the seasoned Kuda Musharu threatened the Caps United goal in the 27th minute but found Makepekepe goalkeeper Jorum Muchambo alert.
Phineas Bhamusi also had an opportunity to add his name to the score sheet but he hit the crossbar in the 55th minute after a pass from Ngodzo.
Chitembwe attributed the victory to hard work.
“We are happy for the result and we now look forward to the next game. The guys played well and I’m happy for the team,” Chitembwe said.
The Caps United coach also saluted Chungwa insisting he never doubted the player’s ability.
“Chungwa is a good player who I never doubted his potential and he just proved himself. He is good at keeping possession and that made us win the penalty.
“He is forceful and can get you results when it matters most. I hope he will continue like that as we need to give our next game against FC Platinum the respect it deserves considering where the race is now,” said Chitembwe.
How Mine assistant coach Sheunesu Chaka conceded defeat but blamed fatigue on his players and said it was another bad day in office but remained hopeful that that they would regain their form.
“They did well against us and they deserved to win after we lost concentration in the second half but it is part of the game. We hope to pick it from here and work hard for the remaining two matches.
“The players had fatigue as it showed in the second half after playing at the weekend and another match today,” said Chaka.
Caps United: J Muchambo, Z Bissek, V Musarurwa, J Jangano, S Makatuka, D Mukandi (G Nyirenda 78th minute), M Muchenje, H Zvirekwi, P Bhamusi (B Nyamuziwa 89th minute), J Ngodzo, D Chungwa.
How Mine: D Benard, T Khumbuyani, M Kadzola, K Musharu, W Sithole (M Sibanda 65th minute), D Chafa (T Muparati 79th minute), T Masuku, V Kamhuka, B Marere (H Masuku 79th minute ), N Mukumbi, M Mupera.