Blessing Malinganiza, Sports Reporter
…keeper costs Mushowani
Ronald ‘Rooney’ Chitiyo’s 79th minute header earned CAPS United maximum points against Premiership debutants, Mushowani Stars in a 3-2 thriller at the National Sports Stadium, yesterday.
With the win, CAPS United returned to the summit of the Premiership standings as former leaders Chicken Inn thumped Chapungu, who went into the weekend action top of the table, 3-0 in Zvishavane yesterday.
Chitiyo was a second half substitute, coming in for Spencer Masunda in the 47th minute.
Makepekepee coach Lloyd Chitembwe was happy with the result but lamented the performance.
“It’s a good result, it’s quite refreshing and l gladly accept the result and we take it home.
“But in terms of performance we were not at our best we were slightly off colour probably the main reason was bound to the game we had on Thursday.
“But l don’t want to be a coach who complains after victory,” he said.
“At the end of the day it’s all about these guys believing in their ability.
“Technically we better than most of these teams. We had to make sure that they have the right kind of mentality going into the game.
“Making sure they raise their spirits, raise their confidence levels that’s what matters most in football,” he said.
CAPS led through Godwin Goliath in the 5th minute, Mushowani equalized two minute later when Valentine Musarurwa felled Evans Katema in the box.
Matema converted from the spot and then put the visitors ahead in the 33rd minute while Dominic Chungwa equalised just before half time.
Mushowani Star’s goalkeeper Hamilton Makainganwa had a nightmare of a game and virtually assisted in the CAPS goals with inexplicable howlers.
Mushowani coach Newman Mashipe was disappointed.
“I am very disappointed we did everything but we didn’t do much in front of goal. I think we should’ve wrapped the match, we should’ve scored at least two more goals but it wasn’t our day.
“It’s another area of concern where l think we should work on, we gave them two clear goals and they were the goalkeeper blunder.
“It’s another area we need to work on,” he said.